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Australian Speleological Federation: Help: Standard Search

Help on Standard Search

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


To provide a more controlled search over the simple search but still relatively easy to use. This method will be suitable in some of the cases where the simple search is unsuitable. The classic case is if the cave name is same as the area name; the simple search will return all caves in the area and you will not be able to restrict the simple search to that one cave.

This search 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

1. Select the State (or all States)
The search is first limited to the State selected in the drop-down menu-box unless "all" is selected in this menu.

2. Cave Area Name
Enter a cave area(s) name to search. Whatever you enter here is matched against any part of the name of cave areas listed in the database. For instance, "jen" would match Jenolan, while "apple" would match against the cave area named "Apple Tree Flat".

If nothing is entered the search will be over all caves areas in each of the States selected. If one cave area is entered then the search is restricted to caves from that area. If more than one cave area is entered the search will be over 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.

3. Cave Numbers
Enter any cave number tags or ranges of cave numbers to restrict the search to. 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.

4. Cave Names
Enter any cave names that you want to find. If the cave name contains spaces you will need to surround it with quotes.

The database will return the intersection of the four sets of caves.



Example: Lookup Cliefden cave at Cliefden in NSW
We do not want all the other caves at Cliefden so we are using the Standard Search rather than the Simple Search (try the later and see what you get).
State:          [New South Wales]  <-- select NSW
Cave Area:      [cliefden   ]      <-- enter cliefden
Cave Number(s): [           ]      <-- leave blank
Cave Name(s):   [cliefden   ]      <-- enter cliefden
2 rows match
2CL-1 Main Cliefden at Cliefden
Entrance is pothole type; (2 entrances); development is large complex system with interconnected passages and medium-sized chambers; karst type is unknown; length is 0.0 m; vertical extent is 0.00 m; damp environment.
2CL-47 Main Cliefden at Cliefden
Entrance is pothole type; (0 entrances); karst type is entrance; length is 0.0 m; vertical extent is 0.00 m.


  • You don't need to capitalise names because the search engine treats "nsw" the same as "NSW" and "naracorte" the same as "Naracorte".
  • Often 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 Yesabah areas as well as Barambah.

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