On the island of Tasmania, nestled in the beautiful Huon Valley, Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs provides guests with the opportunity to relax in mineral-rich geothermal waters. Moreover, visitors can explore a spectacular dolomite cave located beneath the scenic Tasmanian terrain.
Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs Pools
The Hastings Visitor Centre is home to a large swimming pool where thermal spring water flows at a constant 28ºC (82.4ºF) year-round. The pool is surrounded by beautiful lush lawns and landscaping, with sheltered picnic tables, barbeques, and changing rooms. There is also food, drink, and souvenirs to purchase at the visitor center as well as access to free public Wi-Fi.
Behind the pool are two short walking trails through the surrounding forest glade, where, if you keep your eyes peeled, it’s possible to spot unique wildlife.
Additionally, the colossal caverns in Newdegate Cave are awe-inspiring. Boasting stunning subterranean formations, stalactites, stalagmites, and helictites, guided and informative tours last about 45 minutes. The pathways are spacious with handrails where appropriate. Reservations are essential for the cave tour, however, the pool doesn’t require early booking.
The Caves and Thermal Springs are located within Hastings Caves State Reserve within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area—an area dedicated to preserving the Tasmanian Aboriginal community’s natural resources and cultural heritage.
Take Hyon Highway south until you see signs for Hastings, and take a right turn onto Hastings Caves Road (just before the township of Southport). Continue on Hastings Caves Road for around 5 km (3 mi) until you reach the parking lot at the Visitor Centre. Once you are here, go in, get your tickets, and then continue by car 5 km (3 mi) to parking for the cave.
Address: 754 Hastings Caves Road, Hastings TAS 7109, Australia
Phone: 03 6298 3209