I've visited several, though all back in early childhood so couldn't tell you now what I thought of them..... some were deep under the mountains in Wales and had been discovered by coal or gold miners. I was also taken to Mother Shipton's Cave in Yorkshire, where there is a Petrifying Well that turns everything left in the water into stone.... by the same process that forms stalactites and stalagmites. Fascinating!
Do try & get to Undara ...... it's 'goosebumps' exploration. There's a book by Anne Atkinson, her PhD subject, were the Tubes.
The whole area is huge that was covered by the lava from Mt Undara millennia ago! Cheers!
Limestone Caves hold great sentimental memories for me. I grew up on stories my dad would tell of his caving days as a teenager and young adult in Slovenia, Italy and Austria.
On my first overseas trip to Europe at age 9, he took me to my first cave in Postojna in Slovenia. I had never seen anything like it before and it was just magical. I fell in love with the stalactite and stalagmite formations, the little train that transported people around the caves and marvelled at the fish with no eyes.
I was hooked. I was lucky to be able to see other limestone caves during the course of high school and uni, visiting Naracoorte Caves National Park and the Engelbrecht Cave in Mt Gambier.
I had the great honour of giving back to my dad in his last years, where I took him to the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains.
On a personal adventure trek, I took myself to see the Wombeyan Caves in the Southern Highlands.
In reflection, I think I've superseded my dad's love of caving!
Hi Annalisa.....caves are just wonderful!
Just to think of the TIME taken by 'Mother Nature' to create such beautiful formations, is truly mind blowing!
I hope I get to see more!
Enjoy your explorations! Cheers!