Moondyne Cave

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Moondyne Cave
Location Augusta, Western Australia
Coordinates 34°16′24″S 115°05′53″E / 34.27338°S 115.09807°E / -34.27338; 115.09807Coordinates: 34°16′24″S 115°05′53″E / 34.27338°S 115.09807°E / -34.27338; 115.09807
Depth 26 m (85 ft)[1][2]
Length 270 m (890 ft)[1][2]
Discovery 1881[1] (European)
Geology Karst cave
Access By booking
Registry 6AU-11[2]

Moondyne Cave is a karst cave in the Southwest region of Western Australia.[1] It is located on Caves Road, 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of Augusta.

It has a pothole entrance, a vertical extent of 26 metres (85 ft), and a length of 270 m (890 ft), with some large dry chambers.[2]

Moondyne Cave was discovered in 1881 by Joseph Bolitho Johns, who had formerly been the bushranger known as Moondyne Joe.[3] It was first opened for public viewing in 1911. Guided tours ended in 1959, but it was reopened in 1992 after undergoing restoration.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Jochen Duckeck (1995). "Moondyne Cave". Show Caves of the World. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Australian Karst Index Database". Australian Speleological Federation. 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. ^ Elliot, Ian (1978). Moondyne Joe: The Man and the Myth. Nedlands, Western Australia: University of Western Australia Press. ISBN 0-85564-130-4. Republished in 1998 by Carlisle, Western Australia: Hesperian Press. ISBN 0-85905-244-3.