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The Crystal Caves

69 Main St, Atherton, Queensland 4883, Australia
+61 7 4091 2365
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We always visit here when in the tablelands

I think a visit to the crystal caves is a must if you're on the tablelands... you can always find... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Schtieb
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Townsville, Australia
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Great Place to Visit

The Crystal Cave is a must be place to visit. Fantastic arrange of gems to view and buy. Friendly... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
Hometown88
,
Tennant Creek, Australia
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Recognised as one of Australia's most unusual attractions, this world class natural history museum gives visitors a very exciting glimpse at what happened millions of years ago beneath our earth's crust. Rene Boissevain is a man with a passion. He has spent a lifetime travelling to every corner of the world to collect crystallised mineral specimens, gemstones, fossils and rocks. He searches only for the best - the most perfect, the most extraordinary, the most valuable, the rarest and the biggest. To house his growing collection of more than 600 individual pieces, Rene has built 250 m2 of tunnels and grottos for you to explore. Visitors are given a helmet and a catalogue to identify the specimens and explore the caves unguided. This virtual cave gives the feeling of finding these natural formations yourself. Carefully positioned and delicately lit, you are free to discover in your own time and encouraged to touch and photograph the crystals. Open your mind and put all expectations aside, this is not your average museum...
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“man made” (16 reviews)
“gems” (40 reviews)
“amethyst” (41 reviews)
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69 Main St, Atherton, Queensland 4883, Australia
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+61 7 4091 2365
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Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

I think a visit to the crystal caves is a must if you're on the tablelands... you can always find something there to buy for yourself or someone else... The service is wonderful and friendly!

Thank Schtieb
Ghislaine G, Manager at The Crystal Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your devotion, we do aim to always have something new and unusual in the shop.

Reviewed 3 May 2017

The Crystal Cave is a must be place to visit. Fantastic arrange of gems to view and buy. Friendly helpful staff to assist.

Thank Hometown88
Ghislaine G, Manager at The Crystal Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your very positive review. I will certainly pass the compliment about the staff onto them. We are fortunate to have such a passionate team!

Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

My wife loves crystals. So we made a special trip to Atherton to visit the caves. WOW, just Wow. I was not expecting what we found. I'm lost for words and would highly recommend going to the museum. It's a must. So much work and...More

1  Thank Aaron P
Ghislaine G, Manager at The Crystal Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Aaron, sounds like you have been converted! What a great response to The Crystal Caves tour. René spent so much time building the caves over the years starting in 1987, so glad you could appreciate the work that has gone into building and maintaining...More

Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Good place to get to know the different stones and minerals. Tour in the "caves" is interesting, you can experience what it is like to be an adventurer. The fossils were also fascinating.

Thank Reissudome
Ghislaine G, Manager at The Crystal Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. René did build the caves exactly for the reasons you mentioned. He was crazy about the Indiana Jones movies and think he may have borrowed some ideas...

Reviewed 28 April 2017

A wonderful collection of crystals and minerals made into a wonderful musem. Lovely to see things labeled andbe able to touch most of the exhibits. Lovely staff and very helpful.

Thank habanachooky
Ghislaine G, Manager at The Crystal Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, glad you enjoyed your visit to The Crystal Caves! I will pass your comments about the staff on to them. thank you

Reviewed 19 April 2017

This review is only for the shop as we did not pay for the caves admission. The layout and displays were beautiful but unfortunately many of the crystals were important and not authentic Australian. A nice place to stop on your waterfall circuit drive.

Thank travellingbeebee
Ghislaine G, Manager at The Crystal Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, we do have crystals and fossils from all over the world, not just Australia. While Australia has some amazing gemstones, South America has the mother lode of Amethyst.

Reviewed 16 April 2017

Very interesting and educational, our 6 year old grandson thorougly enjoyed it, the attraction has been built by one man with a passion, we were lucky to get to meet him, he still has the passion for his collection, visitors are allowed to touch most...More

Thank Colin C
Ghislaine G, Manager at The Crystal Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for recognising that being encouraged to touch is not common for a mineralogical museum. René does still pop in regularly, and even though he is 80 years old he still spends most of his time cutting and polishing Agates from Agate Creek.

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Wow. What a surprise to do the cave tour, looks like an ordinary shop from the outside but well worth the money to get into the cave! I have 2 boys that live rocks and fossils so this was right up their alley! So amazing....More

Thank NeenyB210
Ghislaine G, Manager at The Crystal Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. It is true that from the front it is difficult to fathom the labyrinth of caves that René has built since 1987! The geode cracking is super popular and I am pleased that your boys got to experience that.

Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We didnt pay for the self guided tour and just browsed through the shop. Lots of lovely stones. My daughter cracked one of the geodes and received a unique souvenir of our visit.

Thank Gary H
Ghislaine G, Manager at The Crystal Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, the shop alone is quite an attraction isn't it? With a massive display of Amethyst and the crack a geode is just so much fun!

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to visit. So much history and so many gems. A must visit while in Atherton. 5 stars

Thank Nickirobbo
Ghislaine G, Manager at The Crystal Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Yay - 5 Stars! Thank you. After 30 years, we are starting to build up our own history as well.

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Kerri R
Are the displays full wheel chair accessible?
17 May 2017|
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Response from wildbrumby58 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Crystal Caves is wheelchair friendly, as the entire caves section is all ramps.
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llpacey
How much to crack a geode please
28 August 2015|
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Response from Ghislaine G | Property representative |
Hi, cracking a geode starts at $20 and goes right up to $200 depending on the size. remember that if you select one and the opening is very small or the crystals are dull, you get to choose another...
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