Bungonia is one of NUCC’s favoured haunts, and contains many dry, vertical caves… It’s a good place for advanced rope-work, but also has beginner-friendly caves. There’s also fantastic bushwalking, canyoning, canoeing and climbing here, but the caves are the important bit. We often visit:
It is only a 1.5 hour drive from Canberra to Bungonia, making it a very popular location for day trips. Plus, no permits are required, you just have to log your intentions at the NPWS Office. Usually we take the highway to Goulburn, and then Mountain Ash Road to get to Bungonia township, from where the park and caves are signposted. However, there is a back route for those who feel that a caving trip is not complete without a dirt road somewhere in it, and this involves going through Tarago.
Bungonia has a very glamorous camping area that comes complete with hot showers, flush toilets and gas cooking facilities. The downside is that there are no fireplaces, so it can get a touch chilly in winter. Thermals to sleep in and a good quality sleeping bag are definitely handy! The caves themselves mostly have tracks to them, and the bush in the area is generally easy walking anyway. A cigarette lighter is a handy thing to have here, as many of the caves contain potentially dangerous levels of foul air (CO2), including Grill Cave, the most popular cave in the park.