Marakoopa Cave: Everything You Need To Know

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Thinking about visiting the Mole Creek Caves? Great choice! This is a fascinating part of the world and it’s well worth taking a tour of Marakoopa Cave. Below, I share everything you need to know about why you would want to visit here, what you need to do to come here, and I give you a full review of visiting Marakoopa Cave so you can work out if it’s for you!

The Mole Creek Caves are found in the Mole Creek Karst National Park. The entry to these caves is in the central north region of Tasmania about an hour south of Devonport or 35 minutes west of Deloraine.  You can only visit these caves by guided tour and there are two choices – Marakoopa Cave and King Solomon’s Cave.

Marakoopa Cave
The stunning formations inside Marakoopa Cave

If you are wondering Marakoopa or King Solomon’s Cave, the latter is small and compact and known for its lavish colours and a huge variety of formations. It is also home to a number of threatened species.

Marakoopa Cave is home to the largest public glow worm encounter in Australia and there is much to explore in this cave (more below!). It’s also very accessible.

It was easy for us to decide as there weren’t tours to King Solomon’s Cave running when we visited so the rest of this article is concentrated on the Marakoopa Caves.

Below, you can read everything you need (and want) to know about visiting Marakooopa Cave including how to get there.

Marakoopa Cave

Marakoopa Cave Mole Creek entry
Entry to the Marakoopa Cave

The Marakoopa Cave is a limestone cave, first discovered in 1906 by Harold and James Byard. In 1912, it opened to the public with tours by handheld lantern. These days, it’s part of the World Heritage area, and there are electric lights and the cave is well set up for tour groups.

The cave has two underground streams, some large open passages, glittering flowstone, dramatic stalagmites and more.

It also has its own wildlife including the Tasmanian cave spider and the largest display of glow worms in a publicly accessible cave in Australia.

There are hourly tours of this cave.

Note that it is 9 degrees at all times in the caves so take a jacket.

Marakoopa Cave Tour

Mole Creek Caves visitor information centre
The visitor information centre for Mole Creek Caves

Any cave tour starts at the visitor information centre which is easy to spot.

At the time we visited, tours were limited to ten people so it’s highly recommended you ring ahead to book. You can then simply pick up your ticket here before your tour. They recommend arriving 30 minutes in advance to pick up your ticket, use the facilities and then take an easy 10-minute walk up to the start of the caves.

Marakoopa Cave Mole Creek walking path entry
Walking path to the start of the tour

This is what we did and it worked well.

The walk is optional – you can drive up – but it is a pretty walk and worth the effort. It’s worth noting that it is uphill with quite a few steps and while my four year old walked it fine, I was surprised they recommended it to us when I was getting towards the end and I expected him to complain.

The walking track up to the Marakoopa Cave
The track up to the Marakoopa Cave (optional)

The tour started on time with our guide arriving and walking us to the cave.

We took the Underground Rivers and Glow Worms Tour which took us to the lower chamber to see crystals, reflection pools, stalactites and stalagmites. I chose it primarily because it was on at the time that suited us and is great for all ages and levels of fitness which was important as I was visiting with my four year old.

There is also a Great Cathedral and Glow Worms Tour which takes participants to the “Great Cathedral” cavern which is meant to be spectacular. This involves many more stairs.

Before entering the cave, we were given a brief introduction to what would happen on the tour and information about the area and the cave. We were soon bobbing our heads down to enter the cave and start exploring.

Marakoopa Cave Mole Creek gathering point
Gathering point just before the cave entry

The tour basically consists of walking through different parts of the caves and getting explanations. As we walked to new areas, the guide would put lights on and turn off the ones where we had come from. The lights are quite low – some of my photos make it look more lit up than it is.

The tour was fascinating and much more interesting than I expected. It was obvious we were walking through somewhere very, very old and the information we were given and what we could see was fantastic.

The walking itself is easy but there are some stairs, things are dimly lit and there are periods where you need to walk bent over as the ceiling is low. I did not find it at all claustrophobic though.

Marakoopa Cave
This gives you an idea of the path inside

Marakoopa Cave Mole Creek

Marakoopa Cave Mole Creek

Marakoopa Cave

There are so many different surfaces, colours and views just everywhere. My four year old also found it interesting although started getting bored towards the end. It took close to an hour all up.

At the end of the tour is the grand finale – the glow worms. These were magnificent and, honestly, if you had told me I was sitting outside under the night sky I would have believed you! They lit up the cavern like stars. The running water from the underground rivers really gave it a great feel as well.

Marakoopa Caves Tasmania Location

Marakoopa Cave location map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

The Marakoopa Caves Mole Creek are located about an hour south of Devonport as shown above. We drive across from Deloraine and found good roads and a scenic drive. There were no unsealed roads.

Despite being in a national park, there are no National Park entry fees required if you are just visiting the caves.

Final Words

Marakoopa Cave Mole Creek

We had a great time visiting Marakoopa Cave Tasmania. The experience was very interesting. I have done many cave tours over the years but this is by far my favourite – there seemed to be far more to see with just crazy spectacular formations everywhere.

The Marakoopa Cave glow worm cavern at the end is obviously a highlight, but I enjoyed it all.

It’s a very easy place to visit with a scenic drive, great little walk (optional) and then the caves itself. The tour flowed well and is a great length of time.

I highly recommend a visit to the Marakoopa Cave when you are in the area.

We hope you found this review of visiting Marakoopa Caves useful. You can find more guides to visiting North West Tasmania here. I also recommend visiting the nearby Sheffield murals and Tasmazia. We visited all three of these attractions in one day and it was lots of fun!

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.