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The Crystal Castle Amethyst Cave In Australia Is A Stunning & One Of A Kind Spot

Welcome To Crystal Castle: The World’s Largest Amethyst Cave

When Naren King first thought to open a dreamy, metaphysical garden filled with healing crystals and positive vibrations, he was scoffed at. Now known as the “managing dreamer” of Crystal Castle in Byron Bay, skeptical residents called him an “offbeat hippie out of the back of Byron Bay”.

Now, he and his family own the most world-renowned crystal garden in the world, and a hugely successful tourist attraction.

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One geode in particular is of special interest: The largest amethyst cave ever discovered in the world. Found in Uruguay by a farmer exploring on his land, this remarkable beast of a crystal is 120 million years old. It’s about 18 feet wide, and weighs 20 tonnes.

How Big Is Crystal Castle?

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Crystal Castle is on a 12-acre property, five acres of which has been turned into Shambhala Gardens. The website for this awe-inspiring sanctuary boasts that they have the biggest and most beautiful crystals in the whole world. The botanical gardens on the property are also technically a rainforest, which only adds to the magic of the experience.

The Dragon Egg, which is the amethyst crystal cave you can sit in with four of your friends, is a deep purple hue. Because of this, it’s extremely rare. The egg weighs 10 tonnes, and is one of the prettiest Instagram photo ops you’ll ever experience in your life.

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On top of the amethyst caves, Crystal Castle also has two of the tallest geodes in the world on their property at Shambhala Gardens. These incredible rocks are called the Crystal Guardians. They’re 5.5 metres high, and an exquisite smoky quartz with “delicate sprinklings” of amethyst and calcite crystal flowers.

When Were The Purple Caves Discovered?

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The purple caves were discovered by an Uruguayan farmer, and are estimated to be 120 million years old. When the owner of Crystal Castle heard about the discovery, he and his daughter flew to Uruguay to check them out.

When they saw them, Naren King knew that he had to bring them into his sanctuary. He opened Crystal Castle in 1986, and in 2016, he purchased the huge amethyst caves to celebrate 30 years of success with Shambhala Gardens.

Exploring Crystal Castle In Byron Bay

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This place is unlike any other on Earth. New Agers and mystics come from far and wide to celebrate in the energy of these glorious geodes.

The beauty of this spot is that you can also wander through a rainforest, lie down on top of healing crystals, and even sit before the largest Buddha in Australia.

How To Get There & Where To Stay

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You can get to Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens with a short, scenic drive from Byron Bay in Australia. If you’re looking for places to stay, here’s a quick link to the Airbnb.

If you’d prefer to stay in a hotel, fancy or otherwise, here are the top 10 hotels in Byron Bay, according to Trip Advisor.

Visiting Shambhala Gardens

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The Shambhala Gardens are some of the most Instagrammable botanical areas you’ll ever see in your life. Huge geodes sit like space ships in immaculate grounds, exquisitely landscaped to create the most peaceful experience.

The sacred gardens are also full of unusual flowering plants, stone tables, lush foliage, and even ancient fossils.

You’ll leave these breathtaking grounds feeling recharged and peaceful from all the healing features of this sanctuary.

Massage & Salt Therapy

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This place is so dreamy you can literally walk along a path made of pebbles that massage your feet. The reflexology of the stones, in conjunction with the stimulation of various points on the feet, correspond to different spots of healing on the body.

From there, you can make your way into wet-salt therapy, which will help you with sinus issues and general detoxification. Known as the “graduation tower”, the water in the wet-salt therapy comes from a waterfall, travels over crystals, and charges your whole body with energy.

If you really want to make the most of this treatment, you can sit in a reclining seat and rest your feet on cork floors with infrared heating.

These crystal lovers really have thought of everything!

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