Mystery Creek Cave

Located on the eastern outskirts of the Southwest National Park, near the Ida Bay State Reserve, the Mystery Creek Caves track is a unique walking experience combining railroad and mining history with accessible and stimulating caving experiences. Originally constructed as a tramway to facilitate a limestone quarry, the trail is mostly flat and easily managed by walkers of all levels.

The trail begins at the information shelter adjacent to the carpark and follows the muddy tramway track through spectacular dense forest for the first 1km. Keep an eye out for the many mining and rail relics that litter the edges of the trail as you meander your way through the forest.

The quarry is soon reached and the trail continues along the lefthand side of the quarry face. From here the track gently descends through the forest to the entrance of Mystery Creek Cave. For those wishing to explore the cave, the initial cavern is quite safe to explore and offers opportunities to spot glow-worms and rock formations.

It is however not recommended that hikers continue deeper without adequate experience and equipment as flash floods have occurred in the past.

Return to the carpark via the same trail.

A National Parks pass will be required to access the Southwest National Park.  These can be obtained from the Huonville Parks Shop or online (

Owned and managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Distance: 4.5 km return

Suggested Time: 2 – 3 hours

Difficulty: Grade 1 – Easy. Relatively easy walk. Can be slippery after rain.

Facilities: For closest facilities see ‘Local Facilities Map

Access: 2WD accessible


Getting There:

Travel south on the Huon Highway to Hastings Caves Road (C635). Continue on Lune River Road in Ida Bay. 500 metres after the Ida Bay Railway Station turn right onto South Lune Road. After 4km turn left. The Mystery Creek Cave trail begins at the roads end.


Plan Ahead

Tasmania’s remote areas are beautiful however weather and track conditions can change suddenly. Mobile reception in many of these areas can be limited or non existent. These tracks are not Council owned or maintained.

Be prepared for the walk or activity. Plan ahead, bring enough water, check the alerts, and make sure you are comfortable with the difficulty rating.

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