15 January 15
The short walk from the carpark to Junee Cave reminds me how casually much of the Tasmanian bush wraps itself in astounding beauty. We walk along mossy edges, past treeferns bigger than giants and alongside a clear creek that is almost too frigid to drink.
Junee Cave is part of an extensive underground labyrinth that includes caves, sinkholes, swallets and tunnels. Intrepid spelunkers have discovered the system stretches for over 40 km under the forests around Maydena in the Florentine valley of Tasmania’s southern centre.
As soon as we arrived, the girls were attracted to edge of the swiftly-moving creek that is the headwaters of the Junee River. The waterway flows directly out of Junee Cave — seemingly appearing from nowhere.
Visiting fragile and beautiful places like this is enough to turn anyone into a conservationist. I’m so glad I have the opportunity to see lush locations like Junee Cave with my girls, and I hope that it’ll be preserved so they can bring their children to it too.