The WASG library is a significant and diverse collection of  literature about caves, karst, caving, and cave-related topics.
The collection is very broad and contains WASG and ASF  publications. It also includes books, periodicals, and literature from other speleological organizations, both in Australia and overseas.

It is a useful source of information for both new and experienced cavers, and  is available for the use of all WASG members.

A selection of books are often available for borrowing at club meetings.  Alternatively, borrowing of items from the catalogue (coming soon to the Members Only area of the website), or viewing of the library can be arranged by contacting the Librarian

Caving related journals including newsletters and publications from many of the Australian caving clubs, plus selected overseas publications, notably the US National Speleological Society (NSS) These publications contain varied information ranging from trip reports, accident reports, conservation, climbing techniques, cave research ... They contain invaluable information for the caver planning a trip to other regions of Australia, or overseas. It should be noted that several of these journals cover a time period dating back to the 1960s.

NB many of these publications have become available online in recent years, so we no longer receive hard copies of a number of them.

A large selection of books (around 200 of them), covering a very wide variety of topics. The books are categorised under following broad listings (some of which can be quite subjective):

 • AustCaves  - Guides to Australian caves and  caving areas
 • Biography – stories of  early cave explorers, cave divers etc etc ; also  mountaineering
 • Conservation
 • Fauna
 • Fiction, including children’s
 • General interest -  eg includes cave life, general books about caves etc
 • Geology
 • Miscellaneous
 • Overseas - relates to specific overseas cave areas or systems (eg Carlsbad caverns)
 • Science - includes archaeology, biology, bones etc
 • Technical - techniques, roping, mapping, surveying etc

The library contains a complete record of our club journal, dating from 1960. The journal is awaiting  computer indexing, as previous attempts have been lost…Volunteers would be most welcome!

CAVES AUSTRALIA – publication of the ASF:
The library holds the majority of the issues of Caves Australia and Australian Caver (formerly the ASF Newsletter). Other important Australian journals held include the ACKMA journal (cave managers), and Helictite (speleological research)

The library contains a selection of technical papers covering all areas of relevance to caving and speleology.  Includes ASF conferences.

The library contains a selection of photographs and slides taken by various club members in earlier years. The slide library contains some 600 slides, well-labelled, but in need of scanning to preserve them. Volunteer help would be welcome! The club aims to hold a reasonably complete photographic record of our WA caves and karst areas.

TRAINING MANUALS and material:
Covering Cave rescue; abseiling; various competencies etc etc

Includes some CDs of the Western Caver past issues; plus other material

HISTORICAL NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS dating from the 1960s (mainly WA, some Aust., minimal overseas)

MANAGEMENT PLANS  for various WA National Parks


This area is centred around the Drover's Cave National Park just north-east of the Jurien Bay townsite.

In the early 1960's W.A.S.G. visited and named Old River Cave J 7 and Mystery Cave J 6. However it was not until the 1980's that major discoveries were made in Old River Cave, taking its length from a few hundred metres to 1.9 km. Other important caves in the area are Drover's Cave J 2, after which the National Park was named, and Gooseberry Cave J 1 which is on private property and is a bat maternity site for Charlinolobus morio.

worth visiting !


Stockyard Tunnel E 1.
Stockyard Bridge E 2.
Stockyard Cave E 3.
Aiyennu Cave E 9.
Arramall Cave E 22.
River Cave E 23.
Weelawadji Cave E 24.



Stockyard Tunnel E 1. The cave is approximately 200 m long, requiring no gear and can be completed at a leisurely walk. Its main features are its size and the meandering of the stream. Bats may or may not be present.

Stockyard Bridge E 2. A bridge between E 1 and E 3. The stream flows beneath a large rockfall. Swallows flying under the bridge are common, many of them nesting in the solution pipes of the roof. The entrances to the Bridge are also home to a number of feral bee hives.

Stockyard Cave E 3. The cave is approximately 800 m long with large chambers being its main feature. The mud coating on most blocks make for interesting sliding while trying to move along the streamway. Bats are sometimes present. Here is a photograph of the entrance looking out into the doline. Yes that tree is in the doline! Entrance to Stockyard Cave Photo is a 33Kb JPG

Aiyennu Cave E 9. Forty metres of ladder and/or rope are required on the entrance pitch. Of the 100 or so entrances, the largest one on the southern side of the karst pavement is usually used. The nearest tie off is a "twig" some 10 m from this entrance. If SRT is used, some protection is required at the lip. The rockpile below the entrances dips to the north and south where the stream is sighted, but sumps after a short distance.

Arramall Cave E 22. This system extends for 1.8 km as mapped by P. Caffyn in 1973. (Rauleigh Webb and helpers resurveyed the cave to 1,975m the map was drawn by Barry Loveday, copy held in the WASG Map library) The main trend is mainly walking passages over breakdown. At one point the cave passes beneath the Brand Highway and vehicle noises can be heard. This cave floods very infrequently as a very large rain is needed to flood Lake Arramall.

River Cave E 23. The cave was mapped by ASF cavers following an ASF conference in Western Australia. It is just over 500m in length. Very little roof collapse has occurred in the cave and hence the phreatic passages are easy to move in with the flat sandy floor being traversed mainly at a stoop. The end of the cave is a number of small phreatic tubes which choke off with mud.

Weelawadji Cave E 24. A large circular collapse doline heralds the entrance to the largest known chamber in the Eneabba area. From here the passages beyond are developed with some form of structural control with rockfalls at intersections. This cave is locked at the end of the entrance chamber to protect the cave fauna, the good secondary calcite deposits and the untouched guano piles. Also as this system is no longer active, it is very delicate.


01  title page Scutigera in C215 Cape Range WA  Photo GKSmith cropped

Life in Caves

Cave-dwelling animals, or troglofauna, fall into three groups, according to how much time the organism spends in the cave.

Troglobites live permanently underground and cannot survive outside the cave environment. In these creatures, senses such as touch and smell are heightened – they may develop long antennae or sensory hairs to help them move around and find food – while under-used senses such as eyesight, as well as skin pigmentation (colour), may be lost.
Food for a troglobite may include vegetable matter; bacteria; the eggs, carcases and droppings of trogloxene species; or even, in some cases, other troglobites!

Troglophiles (‘cave lovers’) are creatures which can survive outside the cave, but may prefer to live in it. Examples include some beetles and cockroaches. Troglophiles are usually partially cave-adapted, and capable of completing their life-cycle there.

Trogloxenes (‘cave visitors’) are creatures which use the cave for shelter, perhaps to roost, give birth or hibernate), but cannot live their whole lives there. They have no particular adaptations to life in caves. Familiar examples are bats.
Together, troglophiles and trogloxenes make up the non-troglobites. Years of study may be needed to know whether a particular species is a troglophile or a trogloxene!


The zones of a cave. While troglobites thrive in the deep cave zone, non-troglobites generally favour the outer zones.


Acknowledements: Thanks are due to Drs Bill Humphreys, Tim Moulds, Julianne Waldock and Corey Whisson, all of the WA Museum, for assistance with species identification. If you find any inaccuracies, please let us know via the Contact form