Limestone Creek

Just South of the Border!! Feel like something more remote?

Limestone Creek is north of Buchan and is very close to the NSW Border, flowing into the Murray River. The main limestone area is Sheehan’s Bluff which contains 11 caves and is nearly 1km long and 100m wide. There are several other smaller cave-bearing limestone deposits in the area. I have heard of 2wd cars making it to Limestone Creek, but a 4wd would be a much better bet. A trip is camping only, bringing everything you need (food, water, etc) with you.

The caves are in general small, shallow, simple but do contain some good decoration. Think Buchan but smaller, not as deep, and crawlier.

Like Buchan on a smaller scale.

Pendergast’s Cave

Complex cave with small stream at the lowest level. The stream can be followed for quite some distance. No equipment needed. The karst index says it is 100m long but I am certain it is a lot longer. Rating: 1.5

LC-17

One of the deeper caves in Limestone Creek (15m approx) with two short ladder pitches of 8 and 5 metres. A straightforward cave. Rating: 2

Sheehan’s Cave

Horizontal permanent inflow cave which sumps off 100m from the entrance, with 200m of total passage. This connects with LC-10. The sump is presumed to connect to LC-2 Cave. Rating: 1.5

Caver in scalloped passage in Sheehans Cave, Limestone Creek. Photo by Garry Smith.

Caver in scalloped passage in Sheehans Cave, Limestone Creek. Photo by Garry Smith.

LC-2

Permanent outflow cave approximately 120m in length. A wet and muddy cave mainly made of stream passage. If connected to Sheehan’s, this would be a good system.

Other caves at Limestone Creek are Ichmo Cave and Blowfly Cave, and there are a total of 18 tagged karst features. I think there is more to this area than we know about, but due to its remote location we hardly ever go there. It is high on my list of places to go and check out thoroughly.

So close but so far – Indi is worth a mention though

INDI: Indi is a similar small area which is very close to Limestone Creek but is technically not Victorian as it is controlled by the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, Not Parks Victoria. 4wd is required to get to Indi. If you do go to Limestone Creek, then it would be silly not to go to Indi as well as they are so close. As the author has not been to Indi, and that it is not in Victoria, I cannot present any information on the area and I suggest to contact the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service and a Canberra or Sydney caving club. Indi also requires permits for all caving.