Kooringa Cave

Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

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Overview

The beautifully decorated Kooringa Cave in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve is sure to impress. Bring your camera to capture its striking shapes and formations on a guided tour.

Type
Show caves
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
1km return
Time suggested
1hr
Grade
Medium. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A moderate level of fitness is required for this tour. There is steep entrance with short ladders, a narrow chamber and 200 steps inside the cave.
Price

Adult $24 per person. Child/pensioner $19 per person. Senior $22 per person. Family $60 (2 adults and children aged up to 16 years). Multi-cave passes are available.

Opening times

Entry to Kooringa Cave is by guided tour only. Tours are available on Saturdays and during school holiday periods.

Meeting point
Kooringa Cave entrance at Wattle Hill.
What to
bring
Sturdy shoes, suitable clothing
Please note
  • There is a moderately steep, 500m gravel path to the cave entrance.
  • The ground in the cave can be slippery, so please take care.
  • The temperature in the cave is approximately 15 degrees all year round.
  • Food is not permitted inside the cave.
  • The cave is not suitable for prams.

Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind as you discover the spectacular underground world of Kooringa Cave. Marvel at impressive stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years on your guided tour through this cave.

It may be one of the smallest show caves at Wombeyan, but Kooringa Cave is one of the most ornately decorated, and well worth a visit. First opened to the public in 1875, this striking single-chamber cave contains many pristine white columns and contrasting, iron-rich draperies. The formations make for outstanding photography, so be sure to bring your camera.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Mulwaree Cave, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Steve Babka

    Mulwaree Cave

    Discover shining decorations and beautiful colour variations on a guided tour of Mulwaree Cave in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve.

  • 3 people standing in Fig Tree Cave looking at geological features at Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

    Fig Tree Cave

    Be sure to take a self-guided tour of the impressive Fig Tree Cave while you’re at Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. The cave decorations are a sight to see.

  • Wollondilly Cave, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Kevin McGrath © OEH

    Wollondilly Cave

    A trip to Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the impressive Wollondilly Cave. Take in the stunning features of this unique cave on a guided tour.

  • Visitors outside the Kui Kiosk building in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Credit: Remy Brand/DPE © Remy Brand

    Kui Kiosk

    Head to Kui Kiosk to learn about the experiences on offer at Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve.

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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/show-caves/kooringa-cave/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Kooringa Cave.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve will remain closed as it is inaccessible while the local Council repairs flood damage along Wombeyan Caves Road from both directions. The road is now closed from both Mittagong and Taralga.

    Road quality

    • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

    Parking

    Parking is available at Kui Kiosk.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Visit now and you'll see the gorgeous changing colours of the trees. The warm days and cool nights make this an ideaI time for camping.

    Spring

    While the caves can be visited all year round, a trip to Wombeyan in spring is well timed to catch wildflowers in full bloom.

    Summer

    A great time for a weekend camping trip - pitch your tent, enjoy breakfast cooked on the barbecue and the coolness of the caves on a guided tour.

    Winter

    Take advantage of the cooler weather and book a weekend getaway at Wombeyan Caves cabins.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    13°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    38.8°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    1°C and 11°C

    Lowest recorded

    -9.6°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    June

    Driest month

    April

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    174.2mm

    Facilities

    The nearest toilets are located at Kui Kiosk.

    Public phone

    There is a public phone available next to the onsite office. The phone accepts both coins and phone cards.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Permitted

    You can take photos inside the caves – for the best results, use a flash or high-speed film.

    Prohibited

    • The oil on our skin alters the way stalactites and stalagmites grow and can even change the colour of the rock, so please look but don’t touch.
    • Please do not damage or remove rocks from the area.
    • Entry to all wild caves is strictly prohibited unless you have an approved permit.

    Drones

    Flying a drone for recreational purposes is prohibited in this area. Drones may affect public enjoyment, safety and privacy, interfere with park operations, or pose a threat to wildlife. See the Drones in Parks policy.

    This area may be a declared Drone Exclusion Zone, or may be subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules for flying near airports, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites. See CASA's Drone Flyer Rules.

    Commercial filming and photography

    Commercial filming or photography is prohibited without prior consent. You must apply for permission and contact the local office.

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Kooringa Cave is in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Aboriginal connections

    Rocky cliffs of Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Kevin McGrath

    Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve is located within the traditional lands of the Gundungurra People, with the word Wombeyan coming from local language meaning 'grassy valley between mountains'. It's believed that Wombeyan Caves were part of an Aboriginal travel route that coincided with seasonal availability of food, and the caves may have provided reliable shelter. The Dreamtime story of Gurangatch relates to the forming of Wombeyan and Jenolan Caves. The caves are said to have been formed during a contest between Gurangatch, a mythical being that was part fish and part reptile, and Mirragan, a legendary tiger cat.

    Life in the air

    The mountains and forests of Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Stephen Babbka

    Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve plays a special role in the conservation of some of Australia's precious native flora and fauna. The moist forest that surrounds the park's creeks is home to superb lyrebirds, eastern whipbirds and flycatchers – look for lyrebird scratches on the forest floor. Around the park's rocky outcrops, see if you can spy birds of prey, including brown goshawks and wedge tailed eagles. You'll have to look particularly carefully to see a tawny frogmouth. Their camouflage is excellent – they stay very still and upright, and you might mistake them as part of the branch they're perched on.

    • Victoria Arch walking track Victoria Arch walking track is a short, accessible walk in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. The easy bushwalk takes you to a viewing platform overlooking a remarkable natural rock formation.

    On show

    Reflected waters of Coronation cave, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Steve Babka

    The limestone in the caves of Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve is 430 million years old. The geological processes that have created the magnificent cave system you see today continue to work their magic. You'll notice the impressive cave decorations, including stalactites and stalagmites, that are created by the infiltration of water into the caves. Take a guided cave tour to find out more about the history and geology of the caves.

    • Dennings Labyrinth Dennings Labyrinth in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve is currently closed to the public. Visitors will be advised when the cave reopens for tours.
    • Fig Tree Cave Be sure to take a self-guided tour of the impressive Fig Tree Cave while you’re at Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. The cave decorations are a sight to see.
    • Kooringa Cave The beautifully decorated Kooringa Cave in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve is sure to impress. Bring your camera to capture its striking shapes and formations on a guided tour.
    • Mulwaree Cave Discover shining decorations and beautiful colour variations on a guided tour of Mulwaree Cave in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve.
    • Victoria Arch walking track Victoria Arch walking track is a short, accessible walk in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. The easy bushwalk takes you to a viewing platform overlooking a remarkable natural rock formation.
    • Wollondilly Cave A trip to Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the impressive Wollondilly Cave. Take in the stunning features of this unique cave on a guided tour.
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    Plants and animals protected in this park

    Animals

    • Eastern bentwing bat. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Eastern bentwing-bat (Miniopterus schreibersii oceanensis)

      Eastern bentwing-bats congregate in caves across the east and north-west coasts of Australia, in colonies of up to 150,000. These small Australian animals weigh around 13-17g and can reach speeds of up to 50km per hour. Eastern bentwing-bats use both sight and echolocation to catch small insects mid-air.

    • Bare-nosed wombat. Photo: Keith Gillett

      Bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

      A large, squat marsupial, the Australian bare-nosed wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

    • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

      One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

    • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

      Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

    Environments in this park

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