The World’s Largest Crystal Cave Is In NSW
Did you know this? We certainly didn’t know this, but now that we do, we’re chomping at the bit to go on a road trip up to Byron Bay to visit the world’s largest amethyst crystal cave!
Whether or not you believe in the magical healing powers of crystals or are just in awe of their luminescent beauty, visiting the world’s largest crystal cave should certainly be on your bucket list.
Crystal Castle And Shambhala Gardens
The famous crystal cave in question is Crystal Cave And Shambhala Gardens in the stunning Byron Bay Hinterland. The lush sanctuary is a relatively unrecognised tourist attraction and is most often visited by those who believe in the healing powers of crystals or those seeking spiritual connection. A spiritual connection might very well be possible once you step inside the crowning glory of Crystal Castle, the 120-million-year-old Enchanted Cave.
Naren King founded Crystal Castle in 1986 and for the last 30 years has travelled all over the world to source the rarest crystals in the world, his finest piece being the enchanted geode which he brought home to Byron Bay all the way from Uruguay. Another highlight of Crystal Castle is the 2 smoky quartz geodes that stand as guards watching over the castle and gardens. Standing at 5.5 metres, these two impressive specimens are the largest crystals in the world.
The Shambhala Gardens
If the crystals don’t do it for you, spiritual enlightenment could well be achieved just by walking through the jaw-dropping Shambhala Gardens. Sitting in prime position in the gardens is the only Kalachakra World Peace Stupa in the Southern Hemisphere, which was blessed by non-other than the Dalai Lama himself. This sacred monument is one of only 7 in the world and is believed to protect against negative energies and restore balance to the earth in times of strife.
If you’re more comforted by Buddha statues, you’ll find a pretty impressive one here too. Sitting among the lush foliage along the Buddha Walk, Crystal Castle’s Buddha statue is 4 metres high and surrounded by rose quartz. Your visit to Shambhala Gardens will also include a stop at The Labyrinth, Damanhur Spiral, Reflexology Path, Forest of Friends and Family, and the Rainforest Walk.
Exploring Crystal Castle & Gardens
Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens are open to the public to peruse at your leisure. As well as guided tours and immersive experiences of the Crystal Cave, crystal-making workshops and tarot readings are on offer, or you might just prefer to wander through the gardens and see the sites. There is also a cafe onsite for coffee and dining.
Entry tickets are $29 per child (4-14) and $39 per adult.
Visit the website to see what’s on and to create a full-day Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens itinerary.
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