Travel Elysium

Secret Caves

I want to explore the world with two things in my hand – a camera in my left, and his hand in my right – unknown

One of my favourite things to do in Tasmania is to explore! I’m forever looking up new walks to try and new places to visit.

One exploration led us to a little hidden gem concealed in Chauncy Vale at Bagdad!

Bagdad is an easy 40 minute drive North of Hobart. Take a right turn at the junction for Chauncy Vale Road. From there you’ll drive 3km or so and park outside a gate. The entry into the park is $2. You walk for a few hundred metres and then you’ll see signposts near a picnic ground to commence the actual walk and there are a few different tracks you can take.

There’s lots of wildlife to be found on this walk, and you end up surrounded by eucalypts deep in bushland. It’s a fairly short walk to the actual caves, and it’s made easy with a well-maintained track and steps up to the cave itself.

This part is fairly steep, but made easy with the steps. There are a few little stop of points where you can admire the rock formations.

After the short climb, you round a corner and BAM the entrance to the caves is beautiful!

Once you enter the caves, it’s a little slippery and sandy if you’re not wearing the right shoes. I still managed to scramble to the top.

The roof of the cave is amazing, with such intricate natural design.

The walk was pretty isolated, so we got to enjoy our time alone which was nice. We only saw one other person as we left.

The walk can be done as a loop track, but I wasn’t feeling great so we just went up and back. Definitely keen to head back to this surprising secret!

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