Formed deep within the earth’s crust over millions of years, crystals are semi-precious stones that are not only beautiful to look at but also possess many unique qualities. Since ancient times these beautiful gems have been prized for their healing qualities, and utilised as jewellery and for trade. Psychics have also been long aware of their powerful attributes, and according to clairvoyants, each stone has a particular vibration that benefits both the gross and subtle bodies.
These days crystals are exported throughout the world and therefore we’re fortunate to be able to purchase a much greater assortment than was once possible. Here in Australia many retailers stock lovely crystals and gemstones, as well as exquisite jewellery handcrafted from them. However, one of the most unique of these shops would have to be Crystal Caves, a fabulous museum and gift-shop situated in the small town of Atherton, in far northern Queensland.
Purveying a dazzling assortment of crystals and gemstones from all around the world, Crystal Caves is one of Far Northern Queensland’s most popular tourist attractions. Consisting of a few inter-linked galleries, each room is beautifully presented so as to best present the sparkling treasures held within. Crystal Caves sells a variety of wares including a great range of loose gemstones – some locally-sourced and others from far away. These are popular with healers as well as artisans who use them in their own jewellery design and other creations.
For the serious collector, ancient geodes, plain rocks with beautiful crystals inside, are also up for sale. An unusual albeit popular experience for visitors to Crystal Caves is the opportunity to crack open one of these prehistoric rocks to reveal the exquisite beauty that is concealed within – a complex display of thousands of sparkling crystals. Visitors who choose this experience not only get to crack a geode but to also take home the two halves – a perfect souvenir of the museum or an unusual gift for someone special.
Another popular part of the shop is the Amethyst Room, filled with a gorgeous assortment of mauve amethyst crystals of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re a collector looking for a large high-quality specimen, or an amateur who just wants a small inexpensive one as a souvenir, you’re sure to discover the perfect piece to suit your budget. As well as the many larger specimen displayed around the room, a slowly rotating display in the centre shows off innumerable smaller samples, from which you can pick and choose.
In addition to these, Crystal Caves also sells a gorgeous range of gemstone jewellery, ranging from small inexpensive pieces to exquisite one-off creations, perfect for special occasions.
Last but certainly not least is the amazing Crystal Caves Museum, located underneath the shop. This breathtaking labyrinth of man-made caves is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Atherton Tablelands and houses constantly-changing displays of exquisite gemstones, semi-precious rocks and fossils from every corner of the globe. With narrow tunnels, a fossil room and chambers with creative names like the Grotto Grande, Empress Room and Magic Temple, a visit to this special museum will enrich your understanding and appreciation of the beautiful mineral specimen sold upstairs in the store.
In a nutshell, whether you’re a gemstone enthusiast or not, a visit to Crystal Caves in Atherton is an experience that you’ll be sure to enjoy. Full of beautifully-presented treasures from deep inside the earth, it’s the perfect spot to find unique and natural pieces to decorate your home, adorn yourself or give to a loved-one. Crystal Caves is located at 69 Main Street in Atherton, and is open on most days. There is also a gallery and shop in Cairns at Shop 6, 14 Spence Street, at the Boland’s Centre. For more details, including opening hours and further contact information, go to the Crystal Caves website .
Address: 69 Main Street, Atherton, Queensland, 4883