Blanche Cave was discovered by early settlers in 1845, and became a popular destination with locals.It was often used as a picnic area or for other social functions. Even elaborate gardens were planted in its depths.
While such use is limited
nowadays to protect the natural values of the cave, occasional cultural events such as "Carols by Cavelight" are still held in the first chamber.
A highlight was the Olympic Torch visiting on July 18th 2000, to a backdrop of 1,500 tea-light candles.
More recently, the cave provided a superb setting for a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummers Night's Dream.
The cave consists of three enormous chambers, with daylight streaming into the cave via three large roof collapse 'windows'.
Significant megafauna fossil deposits are contained within the cave and ancient marine fossils are visible in the cave walls. Gigantic columns and stalagmites fill the chambers.
During the winter months, bats sleep in the 'dark zone' of the cave beyond the third window and can be seen huddling together.
Blanche Cave can be visited on guided tours, where visitors learn about the rich natural and cultural history of this grand old cave.