CAVING in TASMANIA – Part 3 – MOLE CREEK – 10 – 11 March 2020
I’m struggling with writing this post. As you can imagine, I write the post after the event, sometimes a couple of weeks after (in this case, 27th March). A lot has happened in the past 16 days. The world is in chaos, and I’m in lockdown mode in an effort to protect myself and everyone else, to support the measures the government has put in place and in sympathy with all those people who have got the virus or lost their jobs over the last week. So, whilst it may be frivolous to write a post about how much fun I had, my only other alternative is more gardening and binge watching NETFLIX!
So, are you interested in what did we do for an encore after Kubla? Are you in need of a little light reading? …
Day 7 – Cyclops & Baldocks Caves – so, we were all pretty tired after our big day in Kubla, Beth and David took the day off (David had the task of picking up a bigger hire care because the one we had just wasn’t going to fit four people plus our luggage). Marcia, Heather and I joined Cath H and David W-C to do some Karst Care at Cyclops Cave.
After we had the mats in place we all trooped up to the part of the cave beyond the mats which has some formation in it, not that well decorated, but it’s an un-gated cave so anyone can come along to check it out, best to have the mats in place to protect the flow stone.
After that we went back to the vehicles for lunch and then went over to Baldocks Cave. This cave is gated (we had the key), and in the early 1900s was tourist cave. The owners of the land took people through the cave as it’s highly decorated. In the entrance there’s an old tank for water which was used for the carbide lamps that they would have had for lighting. There are still some old carbide lamp bases and reflector plates in place in the cave. A lot of work had been done on the cave (lots of passages dug out so people could walk through without having to crawl), and there’s a myriad of passages to walk through.
I waited around for half an hour and then they returned and we retraced our steps to get out. By now it was mid afternoon, so we decided to call it a day, plus we had plans to visit the Marakoopa Cafe for dinner and a movie in their small cinema. The food was great and the movie, Women of the Island was absolutely fabulous – 10 short films highlighting some outstanding women of Tasmania, was riveting and we were still talking about it 10 days later.
Day 8 – Westmoreland Cave – this was to be the day that we did Devils Hole, but frankly, I wasn’t up for another big day, I was still getting over Kubla and self medicating with massive doses of Nurofen and Panadol. So, we opted for Westmoreland, Cath H took Heather and me to the cave, the numbers were dropping!
Was a great day of adventuring, ended with an ice cream at the Honey Barn, pity I didn’t have a pocket full of money with me, and heaps of room in my suitcase because the products at the Honey Barn were “to die for”. Thanks Cath for sharing Westmoreland with Heather and me, we had a great day and it was a perfect end to our trip to Mole Creek.
So, back at the cabin, we packed up, and Beth joined us for dinner when we pulled out all the “left overs” from the week. We did group meals, one person cooking each night and we decided that the last night we’d clear out the fridge!
Was a bit sad leaving Mole Creek, I’ve been there 3 times now and it feels like home. BUT, we were off the next day to Ida Bay and a whole lot of new caves. Yaaaa!
Looking back, we were totally oblivious to what was happening in the rest of the world.