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Abercrombie Caves

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One of the largest natural tunnels in the world 

The Abercrombie Caves system is just 75 kilometers south of Bathurst and contains one of the largest natural tunnels in the world, the Grand Arch or Archway Cave.

The Archway Cave

The Archway Cave is more than 220 meters long, 60 meters wide at places and an average height of 30 meters.  Formed by water erosion, it is one of the longest natural tunnel structures in the world.

The Hall of Terpsichore (Greek goddess of music and dance) leads off the Archway Cave. The dance floor of baltic pine was built by gold miners in 1880 and is still in use today for concerts, church services and weddings.

Self and guided cave Tours

Self guided tours exist for the Archway Cave and guided tours for the Belfry Cave, Bushrangers Cave and Grove Cave.

The Belfry Cave is a tour of the higher points of the Archway Cave including crossing a suspension bridge. The Grove Cave is a challenging tour for small groups following an ancient water course through tight passages with high ceilings.

Bushrangers Cave

The Bushrangers Cave is named after the fact that it was used by more than one bushranger as a hideout. While the European discovery of the caves officially occurred in 1842, they were known for some time prior by bushrangers who used them to store supplies, coral their horses and even imprison hostages. A famous incident occurred in 1830 when three prison escapees from Bathurst took part in a three gun battle in the caves.

Abercrombie was the final name given to the cave by gold miners who were working diggings along the Abercrombie River in the 1850s and who would frequent the caves for recreation.

Hiking tracks, camping and cabins for hire

The caves are located within the Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve which also contains the Grove Creek Falls and several other hiking tracks. A camping ground exists at the caves site and there are also cabins for hire.