The Western Australian Speleological Group (WASG)
The Western Australian Speleological Group (Inc)(WASG) was founded in 1959 and is still a very active caving club in Australia. Its logo, shown to the right, is a
picture of our first Treasurer - Graham Davies standing beneath a formation known as the
Judge's Wig in Strongs Cave in the South-West of Western Australia.
This page has been around since 10th June 1996.
The WASG Postal address is PO Box 67, NEDLANDS 6909.
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The Informer - Monthly News
This is the clubs monthly newsletter. It is posted or emailed to all members
every month except January. It contains details of all WASG trips as well
as news of current events affecting the club and its members.
The WASG Membership Form - PDF File
WASG is a group of people interested in more than just caving. If YOU are interested
in learning what makes caves tick; what beasties live in them; safety techniques;
learning about vertical entry e.g. with ladders and ropes; cave surveying;
cave photography etc. then the club can help.
Some of the services provided by the club are:
Equipment for a nominal hire eg. helmets, ropes, ladders
Hut & camp-site near Margaret River
Monthly information newsletters
National and International Affiliations
The W.A.S.G. is a full council member of the Australian Speleological
Federation (Inc) (ASF) which is a federation of the majority of caving groups
throughout Australia. The ASF holds annual council meetings and biennial
caving conferences at various locations throughout Australia. The ASF sets
codes and guidelines which all of its member groups such as WASG are expected
to uphold. e.g. the The ASF
Code of Ethics, The ASF
Safety Guidlines and the
ASF Minimal Impact Caving Code (MICC).
W.A.S.G. meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except January).
W.A.S.G. Meetings for 2015 will be held at the east wing of the Tom Dadour Community Centre in Subiaco - the address is
363 Bagot Road, Subiaco.
Link to the location on Google Maps
At the meetings we discuss matters of interest to cavers, have
past and future trip reports and guest speakers with slide shows or a video.
W.A.S.G. like most groups is run by a committee which consists of:
3 Committee positions
The current WASG Committee
In addition there are a few non committee positions:
State Cave Recorder & Map Curator
Editor (The Western Caver)
The COORDINATION OFFICER is a good person to get in touch with if you are
unable to find someone to take you caving. This person organises hut bookings
so they generally know who is going caving.
The Treasurer is also a person that new members should contact. This
person will help you become a paid 'trial member', for the fee shown on the Membership form, and try and
organise you onto a caving trip. They can also provide you with information
about the club.
The WASG information kit includes the following information:
the facilities and equipment available to you
the rules of WASG
how to gain access to locked caves
the ethics of caving
the minimal impact caving code
the safety requirements for caving
and is supplied when new members join the WASG.
The WASG maintains a database containing all of its past and present members.
To keep this information up to date if you change any of the details on your
membership form (e.g. address) then please inform the Treasurer, PO
Box 67, NEDLANDS, 6909 of the new details.
The WASG library is a useful source of information for both new and experienced
cavers. The library consists of the following:
Approximately 4500 caving related journals including newsletters and
publications from most of the Australian caving clubs and selected overseas
publications. Several of these journals cover a time period dating back to the
late 1950's. These publications contain varied information ranging from trip
reports, accident reports, conservation, climbing techniques, cave research ...
These publications are an invaluable source of information for the caver
planning a trip to other regions of Australia, or overseas.
Approximately 250 books. The books are broken into the following broad
CW - Caves of the World (CW): publications concerning specific overseas
cave areas or systems such as the Carlsbad caverns or Waitomo caves.
TE - Technical: publications of a technical nature such as single rope
technique, cave diving, photography ...
S - Scientific: publications of a scientific nature such as geology, fauna,
guides to identifying bones...
C - Conservation: publications of a conservation nature such as
M - Management plans: publications of a management nature including
national park management plans, cave gating, cave tourism ...
SCAUS - Specific Caves Australia: Guides to Australian caves and areas.
GR - General reading: publications of general interest to cavers including
books from the classic cave explorers.
The library contains a selection of technical papers covering all areas of
The library contains a selection of photographs and slides taken by various
club members. We are trying to build up a reasonably complete photographic
record of our caves and karst areas.
The slide library contains some 600 slides whose details have been placed in a
computer database. Infomation regarding slides can be retrieved from the
cumputer. If you are looking for slides from a particular cave or on a
particular topic then the database can produce lists to your requirements.
Past meeting minutes and other pretty interesting stuff.
The library contains a complete record of our club journal. The journal has
been computer indexed by Steve Brooks allowing information on specific caves,
cave areas, fauna ... to be found quickly. Some surplus back issues are also
available to club members at a nominal price.
The library is available to all WASG members. Viewing of the library can be
arranged by contacting the librarian. A list of all the titles held in the
library is also available. Library material may also be exchanged at general
meetings by prior arrangement.
Caves Austraila (previously AUSTRALIAN CAVER and ASF Newsletter):
The library is also contains the majority of the issues of Caves Australia and Australian Caver
(AC) (formerly the ASF Newsletter) which is produced by the ASF and sent to all
members. This means you! If you would like to look at back issues then the
library is the place for you. The ASF can provided some copies of AC in back
issues. Contact the ASF, PO Box 388, Broadway 2007 NSW for details of which
issues are available.
WASG MAP LIBRARY
The map library contains copies and originals of most of the caves that have
been mapped by WASG members since the club began in 1959. Maps can be viewed
by contacting the Map Curator to arrange a time to look at required maps. Maps
may be copied for members who require a copy for research work, a project. or
even if you just have an interest in a specific cave. Some maps may be subect
to Copyright and will require permission from the author before copies can be
A computer database is available to determine if a map of a particular cave
exists. The database can be searched by cave name or number to determine if a
map is available. The program also produces reports of cave maps by area. The
details available for each map include, the name of the cave, the number of the
cave, the scale of the map, the grade of the survey, the surveyors name and who
holds the original map. The physical size of the map is also stored. This
information is important when copying maps as some maps may be several metres
The WASG owns various pieces of equipment some of this equipment by its very
nature can be dangerous if used by untrained people. For this reason, not much
of it is available to new members. The equipment is available for a nominal
charge to full members and Trip Leaders.
The property officer also holds a small supply of Calcium Carbide rock which is
for sale again at a nominal price. Calcium Carbide is a rock which, when mixed
with water, produces Acetylene and, if all this occurs in a controlled manner
in a carbide lamp, gives a warm yellow light with which to cave by.
The categories of equipment are given below:
Carbide Rock $2.50/kg
6 x 50'
1 x 30'
1 x 20'
3 x 11mm x 50m
1 x 11mm x 50m
1 x 9mm x 50m
Stokes Litter Rescue stretcher
Garmin GPS XL38
Suunto Compasses and Clinometers
Palaeontology - Archaeology Sieves
Jarring Bar (manual percussion hammer)
WASG currently shares a lease which contains two small blocks of land. The two
blocks are in the Boranup forest which is now part of the Leeuwin - Naturaliste
National Park. We share the lease with another Speleological Group - Speleological Research Group of Western Australian (SRGWA). We use one block and SRG uses the other. Each group has a hut on their block. The actual location is just South of Witchcliffe which is South of Margaret River.
Access: Ring or email the
Facilities: Hut with rough bunks AND NEW ROOF (2002). You need everything else including drinking
water. The tank water has many wrigglers in it and should be boiled. Pot
belly stove inside. Fire place outside. A few tables. Some Chairs.
Cost: Free to members - non members $5/night (equivalent to the CALM camping fee). Only groups with public liability insurance are able to book the hut.
Cleaning: Leave it cleaner than when you came.
Toilet: A luxurious pit toilet is located 40m from the hut and there is normally toilet paper there, but BYO, just in case!
Conditions: It can be extremely hot, cold, wet at the hut. Take appropriate
clothing even in summer.
Tents: Camping out is ok, but camp in the already cleared areas.
Trees: Unless you like large dents on your car, don't put your car under any
large trees ... they have a habit of dropping their branches!
To contact the WASG please send mail to the contact email address