Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park – the MUST GO place
Rob is an 8 year old boy and is home schooled. Through these blogs, he can continue to progress his writing skills and towards his goal of wanting to be a published Author.
There are over 500 Limestone Caves in Chillagoe! We visited five of them which were called Donna, Treskinn, Royal Arch, Archway and Pompeii. They are all really cool and fascinating, but my favourite is the Royal Arch which is in these pictures.
There was a great tour guide named Brett and he told us heaps of cool information. A long time ago, three boys went exploring in the Royal Arch Cave until their old carbonate light went out! One boy had to climb a tree root to get help whilst the other boys stayed in darkness. He cut his feet badly but then had to walk all the way into Chillagoe.
Trezkinn was found in 1960 when two men found the cave by falling into it! They didn’t get hurt that much, they only got a few scratches and bruises. Trezkinn has been named after those two rangers.
I also learnt that it takes a long time for stalactites (the limestone that hangs off roofs of caves) to grow. Even longer for stalagmites (the stump on the ground that gets dripped on to by the stalactite). If you want to make a big cave yourself then here is the instructions. Place a lot of limestone in a pile, pour water slowly and then just wait at least 80 million years!!! Then the weak acid water will make cracks in the limestone and create a limestone cave. Too easy! Hope you got my joke.
I would like to be an author when I am older. Please let me know what you think of my writing so far. I am trying to do a lot of practice to get better and better.