TASMANIA – MOLE CREEK – 13-19 January 2023
After four trips to Mole Creek, there’s not much that you haven’t seen in my photos, so I’ll keep the number down to just a few each day. I guess what was actually blog-worthy were the logistics of getting everyone together and then managing between 8 – 12 people each day. I was exhausted by the end of the trip! I have a new respect for tour operators now.
It started on the first morning the 13th, first of all those of us walking the WoJ track broke camp at 7.30am and high-tailed it to the track head, the goal was to get there by 12 noon. Then it would take 30 minutes to retrieve the hire car from where we parked it, pack everything into it, then drive 30 minutes to Mole Creek caravan park. Jim would then drop me and Omar & Kris at the caravan park (the boys would have a shower at the caravan park) whilst Trish, Jim and Onni drove up to Sheffield to pick up our surplus luggage that we’d left at the pub – a 1 hour round trip.
By the time they returned to the caravan park, we’d checked into the cabin at the caravan park, and Jim had a shower. Then Jim, Kris, Omar and I set of for Launceston Airport (1 hour), picked up Marcia at the airport, dropped off Kris, and then drove to Launceston to drop off Omar (30 minutes). Then Jim, Marcia and I headed back to Deloraine to pick up the cave keys and then on to Mole Creek (another hour).
I then had a shower whilst everyone repacked their big suitcases taking out their clothes for tonight and tomorrow’s caving. By now it’s 6pm so we left the caravan park with our surplus big suitcases, dropped them off at the next night’s accommodation and then headed into Deloraine for dinner (and a glass or two of wine for me), then off we went to pick up John and Kathy G who were arriving at the airport at 8pm.
Once they were loaded up, we headed back to Deloraine and did some shopping for the next day and finally we’re back at the caravan park by 10pm. Just writing about this day has made me tired!
Diamond & Kohinoor – Next morning we waited for our additional cavers (from other caving clubs in Tassie) and then headed up to these two caves. I’d been to these caves the first time I came to Mole Creek, and was interested to return. I have to say, I didn’t remember anything when we were in the caves, but they were pretty good. Once we’d finished caving it was over to our accommodation for the rest of the trip, Mole Creek cabins and an absolutely fantastic house!
Genghis – I’ve been to this cave three now, I have to say though that the cave didn’t live up to my memories! Since I was last there, they’ve installed 2 boot washing stations and a lot of track marking – very good as it stops people from tramping over muddy areas and fragile areas.
Lynds – Colder than I remembered but this time we walked up the river, rather than take the track through the farm land – river was nice, but farm land quicker. The other group who were doing Croesus had a problem with the key, it didn’t fit the lock. Organised with National Parks to get another key/lock and change them for Parks.
Croesus – Key and lock all sorted in the morning. Colder than I remembered, I felt like I was walking out on blocks of ice, couldn’t wait to get back to the car and into dry clothes.
Baldocks, My Cave & Sasafrass – For our trip there was an issue with access, so we ended up walking quite a distance to get to the caves, it was a nice walk though and these caves always deliver. Baldocks was especially interesting, there’d been a rain event over the past few months and there had been a lot of water in the cave, flooding a lot of it and there was much mud around. I didn’t go into Sasafrass, instead Marcia and I walked back to the car, it was all up hill so we wanted a start on everyone else.
Honeycomb 2 – I’d been to Honeycomb 2 last time but Claire C offered to take us to parts we’d not seen before so I was very keen. This cave is just what it’s called, a honeycomb of holes and chambers, it would be easy to get lost. Honeycomb 1 is a tourist cave (anyone can get into it easily) but Honeycomb 2, whilst not off limits, it’s not one for a tourist.
So, back to the house and cleaning up, then packing for our trip home.
A big thanks to Jim for suggesting the Mole Creek adventure and for everyone who put their hand up for it. A great trip, I think everyone enjoyed it, looking back I had a really good time, but sometimes was overwhelmed by trying to herd cats (lol).
I hope someone else puts on another Mole Creek trip, it’s certainly worth it.
Thank you everyone for your humour and patience, and a big thanks to John and Onni for their photos (some of which I haven’t credited, but am sure you’ll forgive me).