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Australian Speleological Federation: Help: Simple Search

Help on Simple Search

  1. Purpose
  2. Search Methodology
  3. Examples
  4. Tips


To provide a quick, simple search method which will work in the majority of cases. The database will return information in the same format as the 1985 Karst Index Book.

Don't forget to have a read of the Tips section below.

Search Methodology

The search is done on one or more search terms entered into the text box. The search terms do not have to be in any particular order or case. Search terms can include State abbreviations, cave tag numbers, area names and cave names.

State abbreviations
First the search engine checks what you have entered any abbreviations for states such as NSW, nsw, Vic, vic, WA etc. It only checks for common abreviations and it ignores any capitalisation. Thus it won't recognise "New South Wales".

  • If no State abbreviation is recognised then the search will be over all states in Australia.
  • If it recognises one State abbreviation then the cave search is limited to caves or karst features within that State.
  • If more than one State is recognised then it will search for caves within all those States.
Cave tag numbers
Next the search engine looks for cave number tags or ranges of cave numbers. Numbers like J-13 or 2J-13 are recognised and ranges of cave numbers such as eg. 1-10, 16, 20-22.

Note that when you enter a range of cave numbers do not include the area code. The search engine will not be able to understand 2J-20-22! Also you can't combine ranges of numbers with area-coded numbers such as 2J-13 20-22.

Area names and Cave names
After looking for State abbreviations and cave numbers, anything not recognised is matched against any part of the name of known cave areas or cave names in the database. For instance, "jen" would match Jenolan while just "j" would match Jenolan, Jaunter and Junee. The string "apple" would match against the cave name "Apple Tree Cave" and against the area named "Apple Tree Flat". If a cave area is found then the search is further restricted to caves from that area. You can enter more than one cave area - the search engine will search all areas listed.

If the cave area name contains spaces you will need to surround it with quotes like so; "Adelaide Hills". A list of all the areas can be obtained by clicking the [list areas] link above the text entry box.


1. Search for all caves at Jenolan, NSW, which have cave tag numbers between 1 and 10 and number 13.
We would enter into the search box [nsw jen 1-10 13]. This will limit the search to NSW, the area Jenolan Caves, and the range of numbers 1 to 10 and number 13. Notice that we don't need to capitalise names, and in the case of Jenolan we only needed the first few letters of the area name as there are no other areas starting with Jen.

2. Search for all caves at Buchan, Victoria, which have cave tag numbers 1, 2 and 4.
We would enter into the search box [buchan vic 1,2,4]. This will limit the search to Buchan, Victoria, and the numbers 1, 2 and 4. Six caves are returned as we have picked up the caves at East Buchan as well.

3. Find all caves at Apple Tree Flat (NSW) and Barambah (Qld).
We enter [apple barambah] into the text box. Notice that we did not enter any state abbreviation. We find that there are 5 caves at Apple Tree Flat, NSW and 2 caves at Barambah in Qeeensland.

4. Search for Satans Lair cave at Junee, Tasmania.
We enter into the search box [satans] and search but no rows of the database match. Try [satan] without the s. Now Satan's Lair at Junee Florentine, 7JF-365, is returned. In this example there was an apostrophe in the name of the cave.


  • You don't need to capitalise names because the search engine treats "nsw" the same as "NSW" and "naracorte" the same as "Naracorte".
  • Sometimes you don't need to enter the full name of the area; just part of the name will suffice.
  • If you can't remember the spelling of a cave name or area such as Barambah you can use part of the name eg. "bah". In this case it will also pick up the Moparabah and Yessabah areas as well as Barambah.
  • You don't need to click the Submit Query button - you can just hit the enter key after entering in your search criteria.

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