Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 21 Part 1: 1-12 - January 1959

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Speleology in Australia
Brian J. O'Brien


The major cavern areas in Australia are the Nullabor Plain of South Australia, the Paleozoic limestone areas of the Eastern States, the Yarrangobilly Plateau of New South Wales, and the Silurian limestone areas of Tasmania. In the Burdekin River area of Queensland there are some lava tubes. Australian caves have yielded remains of Pleistocene giant marsupials; prehistoric cave paintings are in the caves of the Kimberley area and the Nullabor Plains. Australian speleology is organized primarily in eleven local societies affiliated with the Australian Speleological Federation.

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