Dry Caving in Australia - a very small selection
Naracoorte Cave - Tantanoola Cave - Morgan Cave - Nullarbor Plain 2008 - Tommy Grahams Cave
Beside the underwater caves, there are plenty of caves waiting to get visited.
Close to Pine cave you find Morgan cave. No water, but an easy to explore cave for beginners in dry caving - we like it very much. Access is provided by Forestry - the key can be obtained in Lady Nelson Visitors center.
Tantanoola Show Cave:
A nice show cave, not far away from Tank cave. No caving, but nice decoration...
Naracoorte Cave Conservation Park
As the name says - a conservation park.
You will need a guide, to explore the dark underground. Worth a trip. We booked two guided tours - the novice tour to get the permission for the more interesting and longer advanced tour.
We visited Sticky/ Tomato cave, later Fox cave, very nice and exhausting trip... Good for beginners in dry caving.
Nullarbor Plain 2008 - Tommy Grahams Cave
Tommy Grahams has two sumps separated by an air chamber which can be traversed to find an entirely different dive. The air chamber has a high carbon dioxide level, so be warned, take it slow and easy or travel with your regulator in your mouth. Once you loose your breath it is extremely hard to regain it.
In order to access the water divers must fIrst locate the cave entrance which is at the top of the doline. Divers must then crawl through a restriction which is approximately 1 metre wide, 2 metres long and 80 centimetres high.
The dry cave is low and steep and there are two subsequent restrictions that are also difficult to negotiate. On the plus side there is no equipment lowering required. The use of small capacity tanks may be beneficial in Tommy's, perhaps twin 55's.
Depth: 25 metres ;Temperature: 24 degrees; Distance: 320 metres
(This article is reprinted from CDAA Guidelines August '99; by Steve Trewavas & Chris Ross)