Coldest sinkhole a ‘hidden gem’

GHOSTS IN THE WATER: Cave Divers Association of Australia advanced cave diver Tammy Manna explores the remains of a giant weeping willow tree in the depths of the Ela Elap sinkhole in Mount Schank. Picture: JAMES MANNA

KNOWN among cave divers as the coldest sinkhole in the South East, Ela Elap is hidden in a paddock on private property in Mount Schank.

At around 11C, its water’s temperature is between two and four degrees cooler than most other waterfilled caves and sinkholes in the region.

The main feature of the sinkhole is


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