Camooweal

The Camooweal Caves National Park in western Far North Queensland is a remote and rugged limestone region that is part of the Barkly Tableland. The massive rains that fall every year during the monsoonal wet season scour the caves and makes safe access only possible during the dry season (May-October).
Henry Shannon is a retired Geologist who has very kindly put together a brief paper about the Camooweal area. It is very interesting and tells you why Camooweal has such enormous cave diving potential beyond what is already known.

An Introduction to Camooweal for Cave Divers.By Henry Shannon

The caves are profuse with troglobitic life forms and ASF Minimal Impact Caving Code (1995) must be followed to protect them. Nearly all of the caves require vertical rope techniques for access.

Paul Boler’s cave diving expedition in 1999 was the source for much of the material presently here at TrimixDivers. Additional information will be added as it is provided and following the next major trip to the area planned for 2001.

Links to;
Trip Report March 2001
Top End 2002 Paul Hosie and Paul Boler.

Dive Locations in Camooweal

Spinifex Cave

(Description based on 2002 visit by Hank Coppus, Paul Boler & Paul Hosie) From a wide but shallow doline entrance in the Camooweal Caves National Park it is a long way down to the water ! After a narrow squeeze and climb down several fissure shaped pitches, a rope or wire ladder is rigged to … Continue reading Spinifex Cave

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trimixguy

Niggle Cave

Niggle Cave is one of the most difficult caves to dive in the Camooweal area. After a 500m crawl through mud tunnels, a lake is entered which has not been fully explored. This is a cave for the adventurous and physically robust. Niggle has excellent potential for the discovery of additional underwater passage and the … Continue reading Niggle Cave

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trimixguy

Marcus Mice Cave

This cave is a hard one to find. It has high CO2 right at the bottom of the cave when you follow the fischer (unexplored area) above the water . It is VERY dangerous ,lots of loose stuff. Tight entance (top pic) but opens up after 10 metres ,just when it seems to chock there … Continue reading Marcus Mice Cave

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trimixguy

Little Nowranie Cave

Site Access / Landowner: Permission to camp on-site and permits to enter the cave are required from QLD National Parks. Camping site nearby. The Camooweal Police and local caver Hank Coppus (hlcopp@isa.mim.com.au) should be contacted prior to and after your visit as a matter of safety and courtesy. They can also be of invaluable local … Continue reading Little Nowranie Cave

29/01/2015 05:36 hrs
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trimixguy

Hassels Cave

By all appearances cave appears to provide excellent potential deep diving as the lay of the underwater section mirrors that above water in the form of a narrow rift passage varying between 1m and 4m wide. Visibility in early Apr 01 was 1-2m in the East end and 4-5m in the West end, but easily … Continue reading Hassels Cave

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trimixguy

Great Nowranie Cave

Drops down to 27m then runs horizontally gradually rising to 18m Data sheet Feedback: Please review the information for this cave/wreck here at www.trimixdivers.com when you return from your trip and help improve the quality of the data by sending in your corrections. For any additional help or advice on this cave/wreck diving site or … Continue reading Great Nowranie Cave

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trimixguy

Common Cave

This cave is VERY hot and has High CO2 in the lower parts. It’s has a few big pitchs as it drops to 50 or so metres and than you crawl down mud tunnels to a small lake only 2m round ,the water is milky. Take HEAPS of water to drink and than some.(this is … Continue reading Common Cave

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trimixguy

4 Mile Cave

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