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Scotts Cave, run by the Scott family at Mole Creeks tapped into the underground fantasy idea.When the cave opened in 1907 it was the first of its kind - a private cave tourism venture."They put in acetylene lighting system, they applied fantastical names to cave features they made it family friendly and child friendly." When electric lighting came in, features were lit suggesting to the visitor what they were looking at - Disney themes and Manhattan skylines.Local historian Nic Haygarth has delved into their impact both below and above ground.With daily lives engrossed in screen devices and negotiating life above ground, many people don't give a second thought to what lies beneath.It was "rediscovered" in 1977 on the river by then geomorphology student Kevin Keirnan who went on to become the founding director of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society.It was originally dubbed Fraser Cave, after then-prime minister Malcolm Fraser, in a tactic to draw attention to the area.
But adventure turned to tragedy near Ida Bay in 1990 when two high school students and a teacher died in flash flooding at Mystery Creek Cave."Knee-deep or waist deep in water, that's the caving experience in the 19th century.""You had to have a sense of adventure, but the magnificence of the stalactites, the features, the ornamentation of the cave always fascinates, there's also this romance attached with going underground."The Victorian era was dominated by the "aesthetics of the sublime" and the thrill of danger, Dr Haygarth said, but there was also an attraction to fantasy worlds, which some pioneers tapped into.They were also fond of entertaining the cave visitor, inviting them to scrawl signatures on walls and to play stalactites like a xylophone.Tasmania's wild caves are the deepest in the country.
They attract cavers and photographers from across the globe.
And for most, the cave experience is a short stroll from a car park to a tourism venture showing off glittering features.