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Welcome to Capricorn Caves Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre

Capricorn Caves Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre offers groups the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the local environment and history of central Queensland’s premier limestone cave attraction.

Whether you are planning your annual school leadership camp, or a subject specific excursion, our residential facility and day visit areas allows us to tailor camps and excursions to your specific needs. We welcome school groups from P-12, as well as youth groups and tertiary level students.

Our diverse program includes outdoor challenges, environmental immersions, citizen science experiences and camp staples such as team games, campfire, cooking and art. Of course, no visit is complete without a guided tour into the enchanting chambers of the Capricorn Caves.

We invite you to explore our program offerings further on this website and get in touch to organise your visit. Our fully qualified staff are waiting to meet you, and share their sense of fun and friendship, passion for the environment and love of adventure.

Meet the Team!

Drew, Bronwyn, Candice & Jackson

Download our School Camp Inquiry Form and Brochure

Overview of our programs

Adventure Caving

Camp and excursion groups are offered a unique caving adventure, different to the regular tourist experience. Our guides will tailor the caving route so the challenge is appropriate to the students’ age and abilities. Safety is always our number one priority, so students will be given helmets, but need to bring a torch. Once in the belly of the mountain, the group will climb, crawl and squeeze through the maze of tunnels and chambers. Students are encouraged to overcome fears, push beyond comfort zones, and support their peers. Teachers are given the alternative routes and can meet students ‘round the bend’ to capture great photos of their successes. A camp favorites’, Adventure Caving is also the dirtiest, so be prepared!
Tourism Q&A

Capricorn Caves is one of Queensland’s oldest tourism attractions, and holds Ecotourism accreditation. In addition, many staff have Savannah Guide or Outdoor Recreation qualifications. Secondary School students studying Tourism or Outdoor Recreation can visit our attraction to collect information for their research assessment tasks. We offer the opportunity for groups to meet with a Guide and talk about business operations as well as career paths. Pair this session with a Cathedral Cave Tour, Adventure Caving or High Ropes Challenge for the complete tourism or outdoor recreation experience. Teachers will need to specify the specific outcomes of the excursion when booking.
Custom Camps & Excursions

Capricorn Caves will work hard to meet your custom camp or excursion request. Some past examples are Yr 11 Art Camp, where students gain inspiration from the amazing cave formations, curious historical anecdotes and thought-provoking discussions about local environmental issues. Art staff lead the majority of practical activities using our break-out areas. Another example is Yr 8 Geology Excursion, where science teachers bring their class to learn about the limestone karst formations and see evidence of the rock cycle, erosion and fossil deposition. Our Orienteering course can be linked to mathematics curriculum, Music and Drama groups have hired our lodge foyer and Cathedral Cave spaces for rehearsals, and students completing school-based certificates have completed volunteer work in our rainforest rehabilitation sites.

For availability, please email: schools@capricorncaves.com.au

  • 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

    fpp2013
    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

    DKL77
    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

    Shayster23
    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.

    pomsinajourney
    June 28, 2023

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

    NaomiGoldcoast
    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

    ShobaSadler
    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.

    emilyvZ8090TD
    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

    987and
    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

    lucita2023
    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

    peterrK9546AH
    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

    Bee-Bee
    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

    catherinet52
    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

    M1410LJcathys
    May 19, 2023

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

    falconray
    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

    gaylenemoor
    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

    robynj893
    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!

    U507VKjennyr
    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!

    emma_theobald
    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

    bensE9508AO
    April 29, 2023
  • star rating  Amazingly tranquil. Cabins extremely comfortable. Cave tours a most, just beautiful. Friendly staff who provide excellent service.

    R6274RUjoanner
    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

    julzinlondon
    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

    D5681NNcindym
    April 13, 2023

FREE tour entry for kids 15 & under in February!

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