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Victoria contains over 800 known caves which may be broadly grouped as limestone caves, volcanic caves and marine caves. Although not large by world standards, Victorian caves often exhibit beautiful decoration, contain unusual geological features and provide a habitat for cave dwelling bats and other fauna. They also provide a source of recreation and research …

Contact VSA

To get in touch with VSA please email us at: vsacommittee [at] caving [dot] org [dot] au You may also use the form below to contact us. Alternatively, you can send us a letter at the address below. The current committee for 2021 – 2022 POSITION NAME EMAIL President Wayne Revell president [at] caving [dot] …


This place I know                        A short verse by Denis Marsh. (May, 2012) Nicholas_Palya                    Exploring the Nullarbor Plain for New Caves. Doc. Doc. Doc.




                      Roach    .   .   .   .   .    .    . and    .   .   .   .   .   . Masked owl           Stumpy or Shingle back   .   .   .   .   .   .  and   .   .   .   . Blue tongue


In Spring time there are wildflowers everywhere.                              Even the Nullarbor plain has some wildflowers and trees.                           

History of Exploration

Captain J.Maitland Thompson, Harbour master from Port Pirie conducted  many expeditions  using aircraft to find caves from 1935. He led several more trips until 1952 Keith Quartermaine, a lecturer at the Kalgoorlie School of Mines accompanied Captain Thompson on his 1952 expedition. Elery Hamilton-Smith accompanied Kieth Quartermaine on his later expeditions.   E. Hamilton-Smith was a …


                                                     Sketches of Maits cave, after Maitland Thompson who described it after a visit in the 1930s,      This represents the earliest surveying technique where sketches are made as …


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In addition to publishing regular newsletters and journals over the years, the Victorian Speleological Association Inc. (VSA) has produced several pamphlets, guidebooks and conference proceedings. All documents that you may find here are the sole property of the VSA whom also reserves all applicable rights and holds the copyrights over all of these documents Monthly …

Ready to go caving?

Great, you’ll never be the same again. This can be divided into a few sections.  First of all is: WHAT ARE YOU HERE FOR? We have to say that the VSA is NOT a tour operator. We don’t take people wanting to do caving as a one-off. We offer caving experiences for those who think …


The Future

One day we will no longer have a pilot and aircraft to explore the plain. It has been suggested that we may be able to conduct aerial survey using remote controlled quadcopters  (Drones) to take photographs. Sattelite images are constantly improving and may permit some exploration on line.

The People

Many interested parties have participated over many years and I will try to list them              Ken Boland.  VSA member, aircraft pilot and explorer. Photo: Steve Milner VSA : Nicholas & Susan White, Daryl Carr & Margaret James, Peter Ackroyd, Miles Pierce, Peter Robertson, Greg Leeder, Michael Curry, Gerhard Noss …