Stopped off at the Capricorn Park in our campervan for one night’s stay in June, and as it was late in the evening the cave tours had finished for the day. This wasn’t a problem and the nice lady at check in said we could join a tour first thing in the morning. There weren't many staying at the park so we had our choice of sites - a nice quite one at the end under a tree with its own fire pit - perfect! The park is very peaceful and facilities were great, very clean and there is a communal kitchen. As the park is remote it retains it wilderness but there isn't much to do in the area at night. The Cave Bar is a couple of miles down the road but as we didn’t want to move the camper and there are no lights to walk we decided to take a stroll to the park shop for a browse at the gifts etc. Little did we know that one of my best Australia trip stories was about to unfold... one of the gifts was a large huntsman spider posing as a cuddly toy among the kangaroo teddies! Thanks to the swift movement of the owner and her friend, the spider was removed to a shrub rockery outside and released. I'm not sure who was more distressed - me or the huntsman but we all had a good laugh about it. After a long chat with the friendly owner and her friend we made our purchases (not including the spider!) and decided to make our way back to the camper. At this stage it was getting dusky so we managed to spot many more large spiders hanging from the trees. Despite this I actually had a good night’s sleep and that’s coming from a serious arachnophobe! Next morning we made the tour of the amazing Capricorn caves. Spotted another large Huntsman spider but the entire experience was absolutely fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and tour of the Capricorn Caves and a friendly owner and tour guide made our experience even more memorable. Would recommend to anyone - great nature experience. The real Australia!
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- Capricorn Caves is a tranquil bush retreat is located just 23klm north of Rockhampton minutes off the Bruce Highway. Spacious new one and two bedroom deluxe cabins are fully self contained, air conditioned with large decks for out door dining. Guests can enjoy easy walking guided tours through the spectacular limestone caves or a wild caving adventure. Cook up a BBQ, swim in the pool or photograph the kangaroos and other native animals. After dark guest can light up a camp fire and sit under the tropical starry skies. ... more less
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