Mystery Craters
Mystery Craters
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Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Mystery Craters: Nature's Unexplained Marvel Unearth the unexplainable at Mystery Craters in half way between Bundaberg and Gin Gin in a town called South Kolan. These perfect, mysterious depressions in the Earth's surface have baffled scientists for years. Here's why you should visit: Geological Puzzles: Explore these uniform craters, their origin a subject of debate and wonder. Photographer's Paradise: Snap surreal shots no where else found. Family-Friendly and Pet friendly: Perfect for all ages, it's an educational adventure. Spiritual Insights: Seek spiritual connections in the mystical energy said to emanate from these craters. Uncover Conspiracies: Join the ranks of conspiracy theorists and delve into the enigma that shrouds Mystery Craters. Get ready for a journey into the enigmatic—Mystery Craters await!
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  • LisaD
    Coppabella, Australia795 contributions
    worth popping in
    ok lets sum things up. Lee and her husband are the 2nd owners of this property. They've just spent a large sum of money doing up the interior cafe in order to sell it so Lee can now spend more time at home with her elderly husband. They have owned it 20 odd years. I've read many of the negative posts on here, so I'm going to focus on the positives. Something to keep in mind :- The small admission fee of $8.50 an adult (first of all isn't much to ask) but pays Lee's wages, puts petrol in her mower so she can have neat lawns for guests & helps run a cafe to feed guests. There is a pathway that leads to the viewing tower which has many stairs, (so not suitable for the disabled or those with mobility issues), however viewing still possible from the ground. You press a button at the base of the stairs and it gives you audio on the craters. The fence is there for your own safety. Only low, so watch your kids. The craters give off a magnetic field (hence NO DRONES ALLOWED). They crash & cannot be retrieved. The craters are very dangerous if walked on by people with pacemakers etc. Not to mention the bottomless crater pits/drowning and dangerous for small children. Lee gave me a great kickstart to the self guided tour by explaining the basics. I found her to be super friendly, informative and after all these years still interested in what she does. She enjoys being there, She also interacted well with a young man who was there at the same time. Lee also sells her hand made sewing items in the gift shop. The time spent there depends on how interested you are in the craters, geo rocks, fossils, crystals, stones, gift shop, & old machinery in the back shed. I was there at least 30 minutes, possibly more and also had a good chat with Lee. If you're in the area, why not pop in. How many tourist attraction can you do for under $10. It's been going for 47yrs so they must be doing something right. Take a blanket and enjoy a picnic under the beautiful Poinciana tree. It's sad that some people just see 'holes in the ground'. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the signs out at the craters need fixing, some area missing, some have faded. I recommend popping in if you're in the area. Thanks for sharing your property with the public. SUGGESTIONS:- I'd love to see an alien/volcano/meteorite/Dinosaur themed mini golf course on the property, which I think would be ideal. And a wheelchair friendly pathway built right around the outside of the craters with a few bench seats along the way.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 10 December 2022
  • Bev M
    Sydney, Australia265 contributions
    Unusual red ochre craters
    Easy flat small walk to craters. Fascinating history very parcular. Nice shady areas. Wish the new owners all the best with their future plans and renovations. The area is smaller than I thought has potential. Small admission fee seniors concession
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2023
  • Helen S
    Sydney, Australia32 contributions
    Mysterious indeed!
    A fascinating geological formation which is worth visiting. The young couple who have recently purchased this property have done lots of research about these mysterious craters. They have great plans for this place and we wish them well. It is well worth buying a coffee and enjoying the garden.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
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Maree M
Mallacoota, Australia37 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Smaller than I expected but enchanting all the same. Beautiful shop, crystals, candles and locally sourced items.
A lovely place to spend some time.
Written 14 September 2023
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Julie F
4 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
Qld between Bundaberg and Gin Gin totally amazing. Well worth a visit. New owners family preserving this wonder. What it is or how it came about no one knows...25 millon years. Leyland brothers could not even solve, we need our geologists to go and do some research. I for 1 think it's not from our earth much more under ground. Go see !
Written 31 August 2023
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Julie P
Narre Warren, Australia380 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
What a fabulous and quirky spot to visit. the video is I for.ative and a blast from the past for those that remember the Lakeland brothers. Worth a look
Written 30 August 2023
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Jan D
1 contribution
Aug. 2023 • Couples
Well worth the visit, amazing story behind the discovery, a must see and if you are able to visit consider an overnight stay in your van and enjoy the surrounds. Cafe with coffee or view the ‘agate display’, all a memorable experience .
Written 25 August 2023
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Noel W
2 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Solo
Great little craters and amazing service. Has a lot of history. Was a pleasure to check out the area. Little coffee shop and garden is really well presented. Will visit again when in the area. 5 stars
Written 9 August 2023
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Helen S
Sydney, Australia32 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
A fascinating geological formation which is worth visiting. The young couple who have recently purchased this property have done lots of research about these mysterious craters. They have great plans for this place and we wish them well. It is well worth buying a coffee and enjoying the garden.
Written 9 July 2023
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Jan P
Barmah, Australia14 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Mystery Craters are well worth a visit. This unique geological formation was discovered in 1971 and is the only one of its kind in the world. The new owners Duncan & his family told us how the craters were discovered & went through possible theories as to how they were formed. We were fascinated by these strange craters & the mystery surrounding them. We had a great coffee in the cafe & enjoyed browsing the gift shop & rock collection. We felt our entry fee was good value
Written 13 May 2023
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Bev M
Sydney, Australia265 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
Easy flat small walk to craters. Fascinating history very parcular. Nice shady areas. Wish the new owners all the best with their future plans and renovations. The area is smaller than I thought has potential. Small admission fee seniors concession
Written 28 March 2023
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E W
1 contribution
Jan. 2023 • Family
It was incredibly boring, not what was advertised and overpriced. They didn’t say anything about the machinery or fairy garden. Not worth $8.50
Written 4 January 2023
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LisaD
Coppabella, Australia795 contributions
Dec. 2022
ok lets sum things up. Lee and her husband are the 2nd owners of this property. They've just spent a large sum of money doing up the interior cafe in order to sell it so Lee can now spend more time at home with her elderly husband. They have owned it 20 odd years. I've read many of the negative posts on here, so I'm going to focus on the positives.

Something to keep in mind :- The small admission fee of $8.50 an adult (first of all isn't much to ask) but pays Lee's wages, puts petrol in her mower so she can have neat lawns for guests & helps run a cafe to feed guests.

There is a pathway that leads to the viewing tower which has many stairs, (so not suitable for the disabled or those with mobility issues), however viewing still possible from the ground. You press a button at the base of the stairs and it gives you audio on the craters. The fence is there for your own safety. Only low, so watch your kids.

The craters give off a magnetic field (hence NO DRONES ALLOWED). They crash & cannot be retrieved. The craters are very dangerous if walked on by people with pacemakers etc. Not to mention the bottomless crater pits/drowning and dangerous for small children.

Lee gave me a great kickstart to the self guided tour by explaining the basics. I found her to be super friendly, informative and after all these years still interested in what she does. She enjoys being there, She also interacted well with a young man who was there at the same time. Lee also sells her hand made sewing items in the gift shop.

The time spent there depends on how interested you are in the craters, geo rocks, fossils, crystals, stones, gift shop, & old machinery in the back shed. I was there at least 30 minutes, possibly more and also had a good chat with Lee.

If you're in the area, why not pop in. How many tourist attraction can you do for under $10. It's been going for 47yrs so they must be doing something right.
Take a blanket and enjoy a picnic under the beautiful Poinciana tree.
It's sad that some people just see 'holes in the ground'.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the signs out at the craters need fixing, some area missing, some have faded.

I recommend popping in if you're in the area.
Thanks for sharing your property with the public.

SUGGESTIONS:- I'd love to see an alien/volcano/meteorite/Dinosaur themed mini golf course on the property, which I think would be ideal. And a wheelchair friendly pathway built right around the outside of the craters with a few bench seats along the way.
Written 10 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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