Thunderbolts Cave

New South Wales

Thunderbolt's Cave, named for Captain Thunderbolt - Frederick Wordsworth Ward (1835–1870), is off the New England Highway, not far from the village of Black Mountain near the major towns of Armidale and Guyra in northern New South Wales.
Thunderbolt used the cave in 1867 and 1868, the years when he conducted many robberies in the Tamworth and New England districts.

The walk is a short stroll down a hill following a small rocks and large stones covered path. The rocky terrain is typical for this area.

Picnic Facilities
Eucalypt Forest

There have been reports of distressing items left at the cave and crude vandalism scripted on walls.


Short (150m) walk up to some boulders that's supposedly the hideout of a bushranger. Was impressive, lots of plant and animal life. Very easy walk, completely flat. Not overgrown, easily accessible. Would recommend the 1.1 km walk along the highway to the tank traps, very pretty.

Lobster on 27 Dec, 2018

Interesting walk to the cave, overgrown track in places.

Adam on 2014

Easy walk. Path is very overgrown. Watch for potential wildlife particularly around the Cave area ( very overgrown )

DrummerJeff on 24 Nov, 2013


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