Meet the Caves Crew: Amber Countryman

Meet the Caves Crew Staff Spotlight

Welcome to the first instalment of our new blog series, ‘Meet the Caves Crew’, where we have the privilege of interviewing the incredible team members here at the Capricorn Caves.

Through these insightful interviews, we aim to provide you with a deeper understanding of the passionate and dedicated individuals who contribute to the magic of the Capricorn Caves experience.

Join us as we embark on a journey of discovery, unraveling the unique stories, passions, and expertise of each team member, and gain a newfound appreciation for the people behind the scenes at Capricorn Caves.

The first of our interviews is with Amber Countryman, one of the esteemed tour guides here at Capricorn Caves. With her extensive knowledge, passion for exploration, and commitment to providing unforgettable experiences, Amber is an integral part of the Capricorn Caves team.

What do you do at Capricorn Caves and how did you end up working here?

My name is Amber, I’m one of the Tour Guides at Capricorn Caves. I first fell in love with this place as a high school work experience student. Several years ago, I got to a point in my life where I needed to spend more time in the natural environment. I knew where I needed to go… so here I am, it felt like coming home.

What do you love most about working at Capricorn Caves?

What I love most about working at Capricorn Caves is that I get to spend my days here. I get to wander through and explore… there are still things I am yet to see and witness. There is always a chance finding an unusual fungus appearing in the forest or an animal worthy of halting the tour so we can all enjoy it’s presence. The colours and textures of the rock mesmerise me. I get to turn up each day with anticipation, not knowing the experience I am about to have. It’s not work… it’s a pleasure.

Which is your favourite cave tour and why?

Honestly, I can’t decide which is my favourite tour. Visitors can choose their experience when they come to the Caves and each tour has a completely different offering, none more or less valuable than the others. You can stand in awe, you can appreciate, you can learn, you can get high, get through, get dirty, whichever you choose. I love that we offer different experiences.

Tell us about a particularly memorable experience you’ve had working at Capricorn Caves.

Eyes full of tears, fist bumps, hugs and handshakes…. when visitors REALLY connect and value the experience of the amazing place they have just been encompassed by, those moments mean the most to me. I also value the experience of supporting visitors to push their boundaries and leave to live a new version of life as a changed person.

What do you think sets Capricorn Caves apart from other tourist attractions?

Capricorn Caves is a very unique cave system compared to most other caves… you’ll find out why when you get here. We also celebrate and take care of the natural environment, the beauty and significance of this place that has been existing here for so many millions of years, we are all visitors here.

What advice would you give to someone who is visiting Capricorn Caves for the first time?

Just get here!! I have conversations with people who have been driving past on the highway for 40 years, they finally decide to drop in and are always astounded at what they see and a little regretful they left it so long.

And finally, if you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

If I could choose any superpower, it would be to heal body and mind of Homo sapiens. Flying would be pretty awesome too!

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know more about the amazing Amber and we can’t wait to bring you more of these interviews to give you an inside look at the passionate team behind the scenes.

As you plan your next adventure, we invite you to remember the faces and stories of the Capricorn Caves team. Behind every awe-inspiring moment, there are these incredible individuals working tirelessly to make it happen.

Whether you’re seeking thrilling escapades or tranquil exploration, you can trust that the Capricorn Caves team will go above and beyond to create a memorable experience just for you.

Thank you for joining us on this journey of discovery, and we hope you’ll stay tuned for more exciting insights and stories from the world of Capricorn Caves. Until then, may your own adventures be filled with wonder, curiosity, and the spirit of exploration!

  • star rating  The cave was amazing, the tour was worth every cent. This tour is suitable for everyone who can walk, and it offers access for those with mobility issues. There is... read more

    July 5, 2023

    star rating  It was just an amazing experience to have a guided tour through the cave system and learn about the formation and history of the caves. The cathedral part of the... read more

    July 5, 2023

    star rating  Terrific tour. Excellent guide (Hudson) really informative and friendly. Explorer experience was easy to manage. Highly recommended. Must book ahead. We saw a lot of people arriving with no booking... read more

    July 5, 2023
  • star rating  Very interesting tour I was a bit nervous as had to crawl in a tunnel but it was short and 2 swing bridges - but that’s me a whimp but... read more

    Naomi G
    July 4, 2023

    star rating  Visited Capricorn Caves & did the Cathedral Tour it was value for money, if you like learning about and observing some natural beauty. Some stairs/ramps but not tiring.... read more

    Mark T
    July 2, 2023

    star rating  Very informative. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Listened to Alleluia in the Cathedralamazing experience. Daughter and I enjoyed this experience. We learned a lot about the ecosystem in the... read more

    Soana B
    July 1, 2023
  • star rating  Great informative tour, with a fantastic coffee and cake to finish. There is a little gift shop to pick up your souvenirs.

    June 28, 2023

    star rating  Fantastic, definitely worth doing if in the area. Interesting history on these caves. Guided tour was good

    June 26, 2023

    star rating  A truly exhilarating experience. My husband and I stayed the night at a cabin at Capricorn Caves and were so impressed with the hygiene and cleanliness of the cabin. The... read more

    June 18, 2023
  • star rating  Very special experience visiting these caves and listening to Amber explaining about the cave formations and their continuing work in preserving its nature.

    June 17, 2023

    star rating  Amazing caves so different from any other caves I've seen looking forward to visiting again when they have Opera in The Cathedral Cave, if you are in the area... read more

    June 16, 2023

    star rating  An excellent experience full of learning opportunities an very eco tourism. Some special features that can only be experienced on this tour.

    Tracy C
    June 11, 2023
  • star rating  I joined a morning tour at 9:30 and the atmosphere in the morning was so great! I and my family enjoyed it very much! the tour guide was very knowledgeable.... read more

    June 10, 2023

    star rating  Heading north towards Cairns, I chose to take a rain check on visiting Capricorn Caves. However, with more time on my hands, I decided to make this a priority. And,... read more

    Greg W
    June 5, 2023

    star rating  We had a good tour in the Capricorn Caves with an enthousiast guide. The caves were on average quite accessible with some nice passages for those group members that wished... read more

    Harrie M
    June 4, 2023
  • star rating  Cave adventure was excellent, guide was very knowledgeable about the caves, after doing the adventure tour second tour was bit of a let down

    May 28, 2023

    star rating  Interesting tour. I particularly loved the Cathedral tour. Just amazing to sit there when our guide turned the lights off slowly and we sat in darkness as the... read more

    Maria L
    May 25, 2023

    star rating  My son (15 yrs) and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the caves today. The tour guide was super-friendly and extremely informative. We learned so much! An absolutely stunning cave.... read more

    May 24, 2023
  • star rating  Great tour. Izzy the tour guide was very informative. We live in Mackay and it has been on mt to do list for a long time. Glad I did it... read more

    May 20, 2023

    star rating  Our guide was very well informed and gave us a lot of info about the caves. The caves were amazing and we got some great photos. I would recommend this... read more

    May 19, 2023

    star rating  A great tour, Amber was knowledgeable and enthusiastic , highlight was the acoustics in the cathedral for sure

    May 17, 2023
  • star rating  Unexpectedly wonderful experience at the Capricorn caves, especially in the Cathedral Cave - fantastic effort made to make the whole visit truly worthwhile! Our guide, Amber, was informative and enthusiastic.... read more

    May 17, 2023

    star rating  So glad we planned a visit to the caves. Wish I would have ventured even further into the caves with a longer tour.

    Jeannie C
    May 13, 2023

    star rating  Really interesting tour even though we did the 45minute one. Rory our guide was great. Very informative and knowledgeable. Only improvement I could suggest is a more vibrant light... read more

    May 10, 2023
  • star rating  Tour guide was just perfect, wouldn’t have changed the way he delivered in any way. Thanks so much! Look forward to doing another tour one day!

    May 9, 2023

    star rating  Amazing tour with Lizzie, we did so many cool routes and was way for adventurous than we were expecting. Lots of tight crawls and the bats were amazing. Thank you!

    May 8, 2023

    star rating  Was an amazing cave system , we only did the cathedral and was hoping to do another more advanced track but was booked out .
    Would definitely come back again... read more

    April 29, 2023
  • star rating  Amazingly tranquil. Cabins extremely comfortable. Cave tours a most, just beautiful. Friendly staff who provide excellent service.

    April 27, 2023

    star rating  Fantastic family day out. We did the family adventure tour (with two 9 yr olds) and they loved it. Our guide James was informative and engaging and kept the atmosphere... read more

    April 23, 2023

    star rating  Our tour was amazing we all had an awesome time and our tour guide, James, was great helping people who struggled, he definitely is worth more money

    April 13, 2023