Caves and Clubs

Australia is endowed with a variety of caves of different sizes and in numerous locations throughout the country. They hold a diversity of animal species that are worthy of protection and many have been protected for their intrinsic value in reserves and parks including World Heritage Areas.

There is still a great deal of exploration of caves by ASF members occurring and the wealth of knowledge gained is used by governments, land owners and cavers to assist in the protection of the karst environments, as well as allow access to caves.

More general information on Australian caves and karst can be found in:

  • Webb, J., Grimes, K. & Osborne, A., 2003: Black Holes: caves in the Australian landscape.
  • pp. 1-52 in B. Finlayson & E. Hamilton-Smith (editors) Beneath the Surface: a natural history of Australian caves.University of New South Wales Press, Sydney

 Australian Karst and Pseudokarst Areas



Map by Ken G. Grimes

More information on clubs in each state is found on the State clubs page


 in caving can be downloaded here.

Caves in Australia

State Clubs

There are 24 caving clubs or speleological societies in states and territories across Australia.

To find the name of the nearest ASF caving club to you, click on the state on the map of Australia and this will provide you with an alphabetical listing of ASF clubs in that State.



State Speleo Councils

What are State Speleological Councils?

These state based councils aim to co-ordinate efforts of the state clubs within each state each with their own charter approved by the ASF Council. Their aims are to promote the aims of the ASF within their respective areas and on behalf of their members.

Reports from various committees that ASF members have representation on are made at meetings and issues relevant cavers are discussed.

The state councils make submissions in relation to matters of cave and karst management and protection, and other issues of importance to its members.


 Code  State  Contact
 NSWSC  New South Wales  Colin Tyrrell 
 SASC  South Australia Matt Smith [email protected]
 SCoWA  Western Australia  [email protected]
 TSLC  Tasmania  Stefan Eberhard [email protected]


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