Aboriginal people have long known of the caves, and it is part of the Darumbal people’s traditional homeland.
The site’s history in tourism started in the 1880s, when Norwegian John Olsen settled in the area. His sons discovered the caves while looking for their horses and three years later, John opened the caves to tourists. This makes it Queensland’s longest-running tourist attraction.
In 1988, after four generations of Olsen family ownership, Rodney Olsen sold the freehold property to Ken and Ann Augusteyn. Aiming for excellence in conservation, the Augusteyn family developed an environmental management policy for the property and still seek expert input today. The Augusteyns and their passionate team earned Advanced Ecotourism certification in 1997 and have won five Queensland Tourism Awards (most recently in 2014) for raising industry standards.
Environmental Management Policy (pdf)
Advanced Ecotourism Certification (pdf)