Capricorn Caves

Top choice cave in Rockhampton & Around

A rare acoustic and visual treat is found deep beneath the Berserker Range 24km north of Rockhampton near the Caves township. The most popular one-hour tour includes a classical music recording and, around mid-morning, a sunlit refraction of stunning natural beauty. These ancient caves honeycomb a limestone ridge where you’ll see cave coral, stalactites, dangling fig-tree roots and, less likely, little insectivorous bats.

The cathedral has become a popular wedding spot, and there are also several concerts held there throughout the year. In December, around the summer solstice (1 December to 14 January), sunlight beams directly through a 14m vertical shaft into Belfry Cave, creating an electrifying light show. If you stand directly below the beam, reflected sunlight colours the whole cavern with whatever colour you’re wearing.

Daring spelunkers can book a two-hour ‘adventure tour’ ($75; reserve a day or more in advance) which takes you through tight spots with names such as ‘Fat Man’s Misery’. You must be at least 16 years old for this tour.

The Capricorn Caves complex has barbecue areas, a pool, a kiosk and accommodation (powered sites $35, cabins $150 to 180).