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Cave Diving Down Under is an online resource for Australian cave divers.

A comprehensive listing of cave diving sites across the country is augmented by a great collection of underwater videos and still images of Australia's caves and sinkholes.

Read of some of the history of the sport in the last 60 years or visit the online shop to purchase cave diving books and DVDs. For those divers considering moving to the dark side recognised course options are outlined on the training page.

Join the Mastodon feed to keep up to date with cave diving developments from around the globe.

 
Nullarbor Dreaming
Friday, 22 September 2023 16:23

The original documentary of the 1988 Pannikin Plains Expedition, Nullarbor Dreaming, is now available on YouTube:

A team of international cave divers set out on an amazing adventure to explore the mysterious subterranean waters of Pannikin Plains Cave on the Nullarbor Plain in Western Australia. Their epic underwater exploration nearly ends in tragedy when a rare cyclonic storm hit the area and a deluge of rain results in a flash flood that funnels water into the cave causing the entrance to collapse blocking the main route out of the cave. Fifteen team members are trapped below ground. This documentary is a graphic account of the expedition and their escape.

 
1988 Pannikin Plains Expedition
Friday, 30 June 2023 20:08

In the excerpt below from an Australian Geographic podcast, Ron Allum gives some insights into the 1988 Pannikin Plains Cave expedition where a massive storm with torrential rain and flooding caused tons of boulders and dirt to collapse in the cave entrance trapping the crew of divers underground:

Information on Pannikin Plains Cave

Video of Pannikin Plains Cave


 
1983 Cocklebiddy Cave Expedition
Wednesday, 04 January 2023 13:37

In the excerpt below from an Australian Geographic podcast, Ron Allum gives some insights into the 1983 record setting Cocklebiddy Cave expedition:

More history on the exploration of Cocklebiddy Cave

Information on Cocklebiddy Cave

Images and Video of Cocklebiddy Cave


 
Divers discover Engelbrechts Cave extension under Mount Gambier
Tuesday, 08 November 2022 22:17

Cave divers have discovered an extension of the eastern side of Englbrechts Cave located in Mount Gambier in the Lower South East cave region

More information here on the ABC News web site

 
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Cave Diving Down Under @cavediveaus@aus.social
Friday, 17 November 2023 10:06

"The Cimmerian caverns dotting South Australia's Limestone Coast may hold the key to unlocking one of palaeontology's most enduring secrets.

Cave divers have long guarded the extensive subterranean systems surrounding Mount Gambier as one of the country's prime resources for the harrowing hobby."

thecourier.com.au/story/842029


Cave Diving Down Under @cavediveaus@aus.social
Saturday, 11 November 2023 10:18

"Mt Gambier in regional South Australia is well known for its incredible sinkholes, but below the fish and yabbies sits ancient creatures waiting to be discovered.

At the Cave Diving Association of Australia’s (CDAA’s) 50th Anniversary meeting, researchers and other members are diving deep into these sink holes to discover fossils of extinct marsupial megafauna.

The dives at the Englebrechts, Gouldens and Tank caves are part of a collaboration between the CDAA, Griffith, the University of Queensland, University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum."

cosmosmagazine.com/history/meg


Cave Diving Down Under @cavediveaus@aus.social
Saturday, 11 November 2023 10:13

"Researchers are heading into the deep in regional South Australia to uncover the secrets of the larger-than-life creatures that once roamed the landscape.

SA's Limestone Coast was once home to massive animals such as the short-faced kangaroo, which stood 2 metres tall and weighed up to 200 kilograms.

The remains of the short-faced kangaroo and other megafauna lay fossilised in a system of limestone caves the region is famous for.

A Griffith University team is focusing on the caves, including Gouldens Sinkhole near Mount Schank and Tank Cave at Tantanoola."

abc.net.au/news/2023-11-09/meg


Cave Diving Down Under @cavediveaus@aus.social
Friday, 13 October 2023 20:18

Florida cave diver Brett Hemphill dies while on a deep cave exploration near Phantom Springs, Texas, USA

youtu.be/l63v6V3sQtc?feature=s


Cave Diving Down Under @cavediveaus@aus.social
Friday, 22 September 2023 16:55

The original documentary of the 1988 Pannikin Plains Expedition, Nullarbor Dreaming, is now available online

cavediving.net.au/index.php/ne


Cave Diving Down Under @cavediveaus@aus.social
Monday, 18 September 2023 18:32


Cave Diving Down Under @cavediveaus@aus.social
Monday, 18 September 2023 18:28

Divers push to reopen Three Sisters cave at Tantanoola after Wattle Range Council closure

abc.net.au/news/2023-09-14/div


Cave Diving Down Under @cavediveaus@aus.social
Friday, 11 August 2023 10:26

The world-class cave diving area which forms part of the Limestone Coast in South Australia is the setting for a new crime novel involving

miragenews.com/limestone-coast


 


An unique exploration into the inner jungles of the Yucatan.

For over a decade, cave explorer Curt Bowen and his team have been pushing deeper and deeper into the inner jungles of the Yucatan in search of unexplored cenotes... the windows that reveal the ancient Maya.



 

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