Junee Cave

Photographer: Ken Smith

Photographer: Liz Rogers


In January 2013 we attempted to push the second sump of Junee again. The distant part of the sump is blocked by a rock collapse which prevents access to the theoretical Junee "Master Cave" beyond. Several divers have looked at the rockpile but failed to find a way on. Sadly, this attempt by our group failed again.

However in the process, numerous dives were performed on the new Golem Gear Flex rebreather and what I believe to be the first video of the second sump was captured. This part of the video may be a little long and boring for some viewers but will be of interest to those who have dived the sump, and those who plan to visit in future.



This stunning but chilly (6.5 degrees!) resurgence presents several challenges to the caver. The first sump is less than 20m deep but has visibility that can vary between zero and around 4m. Multiple restrictions and line traps can make for some tough going. The divers are then rewarded by the simply beautiful streamway passage "For Your Eyes Only" which boast awesome formations, especially the very long ceiling straws.

The second sump has been dived to 65m depth but ongoing exploration has been held up by a boulder choke. The way on can be glimpsed; tantalising beyond!

 

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