Bendethra Caves is located in a national park, two hour's drive from me. It's been on my To Do list for a while. Yesterday, my husband and I finally ventured to the caves.
O.M.G. What an adventure. Even before we made it to the camp grounds near the caves, we saw wildlife that is unique to Australia. This is the echidna we saw crossing the road. We pulled over to take a photo but he took off running. He didn't like having his photo taken.
|There's an echidna burrowed under the fallen tree.|
When we got to the campgrounds we saw a wombat. Naturally I got out of the car to take a photo. He took off running too. He didn't like his photo being taken.
|Every time I lifted up my camera, the wombat started running.|
|This is a photo of the terrain closer to the caves.|
But we made it. Then we went exploring inside. We had torches and headlamps to guide us so we were able to go into a few sections of the cave.
|Chain ropes helped us get into another cavern.|
My adrenalin was pumping. What an exhilarating experience. We reached a point where the cave became narrow, and we hadn't realised how far we could go, if we'd have known we'd haven gotten there earlier. We were running out of daylight, so we headed back to the campsite.
All up our trip to the caves and back took 3 hours. We definitely want to go again. Next time we'll take helmets, because if one of us had slipped on the limestone...
|Mr R relaxing after the long trek.|
|What a stunningly serene place to camp for the night.|
Day Four Author's journal:
Morning: Jam sandwich, black coffee
Snack: handful of M&Ms in the car ride to Bendethra
Lunch: 2x chicken skewers, 3x crumbed beef strips
Snack: muesli bar on the walk back from the caves
more M&Ms, (trust me, I needed the energy boost)
potato chips when we got back to the campsite
Dinner: meatballs in bolognaise sauce and pasta
Alcohol: way too much, let's not go there. Suffice to say I think I walked it off.
Morning: 40 minute walk with the dog
Afternoon: 2.5 hour bush walk - high energy, I was sweating
30 minute cave exploring