ENEABBA

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.

 

Caves:

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.