ABERCROMBIE CAVES is located within Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve and is an impressive limestone cave system. The entrance archway is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
In the 1850s the Archway became a meeting place for gold miners due to the shelter it provided. In the 1880s a dance floor (see picture below) was built and is still in its original condition and today used for musical services and church services!
WHERE IS IT?
Abercrombie Caves is 70kms south of Bathurst via Trunkey Creek in New South Wales.
THE ARCHWAY CAVE
The cave tour is self guided and you are provided with a map and the information you need upon payment.
It is advised to allow around one hour to complete the 1.4km circuit.
The walk to the cave starts from the National Parks office and heads over Gove Creek which you can traverse via the suspension bridge or foot bridge.
A slight climb up and around the hillside leads to the back entrance of the cave. There are a few stairs to navigate down into the entrance however once inside the cave itself, it is fairly flat and well lit. There are a few ladders to climb to reach different parts of the cave if you wish to explore further.
A short diversion will take you to STABLE ARCH where it is thought that a gang of escaped convicts kept their horses in 1830 while they used the caves as a hideout.
OPENING TIMES: Thursday to Monday 9:00am – 4:00pm. (differs in NSW School Holidays).
The cost when we visited was $50/family.
❗️ The road down to the caves is narrow and windy for 2kms with no room to pass if towing a caravan.
You pay and collect a brochure/map at the National Parks office.
There is a small campground at the caves, however, we camped 10 minutes south at a free camp on the river with loads of space. More info on this campground can be found here.
We really enjoyed our visit to Abercrombie Caves and recommend you stop too if you are in the area.