Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

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Hastings Cave
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Thermal Spring Pool - surrounded by forest and ferns.
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Hastings Cave
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Hastings Cave and Thermal Pool Picnic area
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Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

The Hastings Cave State Reserve is a splendid day trip from Hobart or a great stop for anyone exploring the south of Tasmania. It’s the perfect setting for a picnic, soaking in the thermal pools, and/or exploring the unique formations of the Newdegate Cave.

Hastings Cave, Tasmania, AustraliaFormed tens of millions of years ago, Newdegate Cave is the largest dolomite cave open to tourists in Australia. It was discovered in 1917 by timber workers and named after the Governor of Tasmania at the time (1917-1920), Sir Francis Newgate. The caves can be easily explored, with handrails provided along any stairs, and spacious openings and well-lit areas shining lights of the fascinating stalactites, columns, and other unusual formations.

For a relaxing experience, visitors can soak in the warm thermal waters. With a year-round temperature of 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit), they can be enjoyed during any season. The surrounding forests and reserve provide a dramatically beautiful backdrop and a peaceful atmosphere for a picnic or a walk. The Platypus loop walk from the swimming pool takes about 10 minutes through the Forrest over the springs where platypus can often be seen. There is also a longer thirty minute hot springs walk from the pool which is worth the walk. The warm springs feed a swimming pool at the Hastings Visitor Center, which is available to visitors to swim in. The pool has change rooms and hot showers, free barbeques, picnic tables and picnic shelters with open fires. Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Getting There/Tour

Hastings Cave and thermal pool picnic area, Tasmania, AustraliaHastings Caves and Thermal Springs are a 90-minute drive (102 km/63 mi) south of Hobart.  Head to the Visitors Center, which offers information, free public WiFi, food and drink, and souvenirs.  45-minute tours of the cave led by a Parks and Wildlife guide are available. Since operating hours and tour times vary, be sure to check in advance and arrive 20-30 minutes at the Visitor Center before the tour begins. Cave tour tickets include pool entry, access to BBQs, walks and facilities. Visitors can also opt to purchase tickets for the thermal springs only. Change rooms, showers and toilets are available near the pool.

Both the thermal pool and the trail which leads through the surrounding forests are accessible to wheelchair users. Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Richard Bennett

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Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Private Hastings Caves, Ida Bay Railway Day Tour from Hobart 2 - 3 Passengers. Entry Fees Included

Take a private, luxury, personalised tour. Departing Hobart and driving south towards Huonville, enjoy the breath taking views of Mount Wellington, the apple orchids and cherry farms. The tour then follows the contour of the Huon River taking in the scenic beauty the river has to offer. Continuing on through Geeveston, and many rain forest areas the tour arrives at Ida Bay Railway for a 11km train journey. Back to the Hastings Caves State Reserve where you will enjoy the Newdegate Cave – The largest Dolomite cake in Australia open to tourists, which has a guided tour which lasts approximately 1 hour, before returning to Hobart.

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Where to Stay

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Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast

Dover - South

Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of St. Imre Vineyard, Port Esperance, and Kents Beach. Esperance Bay Park is 1.5 km away.
A garden, free breakfast, and free self parking are available at this smoke-free bed & breakfast. WiFi in public areas is free.
All 3 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and pillowtop beds. Comforts include premium bedding and pillow menus, and guests will also find conveniences like refrigerators and electric kettles.

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Cambridge House

Geeveston - South

Situated on a river, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 km from Forest & Heritage Centre and 15.3 km from Wooden Boat Centre. St. Imre Vineyard and Port Esperance are also within 25 km.

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Wattle Grove - South

Situated in Wattle Grove, this bed & breakfast is within 25 km of Picton River, Huon Apple & Heritage Museum, and Home Hill Winery.

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Port Huon Cottages

Port Huon - South

Situated near the bay, this cottage is 4.5 km from Forest & Heritage Centre and within 20 km of Wooden Boat Centre and Picton River.

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Linda Cottage Port Huon

Port Huon - South

Situated in Port Huon, this cottage is close to Forest & Heritage Centre. Area attractions also include Wooden Boat Centre. A spa tub, coffee/tea in a common area, and a microwave in a common area are available at this cottage.

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