The caves around Margaret River formed over a million years ago and are one of the natural wonders of Australia’s southwest. If you haven’t gone underground at a Margaret River cave, then don’t miss the chance to visit one of these subterranean wonderlands on your next trip south.
Margaret River Caves
The area from Busselton to Augusta along the Cape Naturaliste Ridge is one of the most cave-rich areas in Australia with over 100 caves beneath its surface. The ones listed here are open to the public and can be viewed either on a guided tour or at your own leisure.
Jewel Cave Margaret River
Jewel cave is one of the best caves in Margaret River and if you only have time to visit one cave, then this is the one to see. This is the largest show cave in WA with three huge chambers and one of the longest stalactites found in any tourist cave in Australia.
Jewel Cave is an easy walk cave and one of the best caves to visit with small kids. There’s also a cafe on site that serves good lunch options, as well as kiosk and shop.
Jewel cave is located at the southern end of Caves Road nearer to Augusta and combines well with a trip to the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse.
Lake Cave Margaret River
Lake Cave is one of the deepest caves in Margaret River and the descent through the sinkhole into the cave is an experience in itself.
Lake Cave is the only cave in the Margaret River area with a permanent lake which creates an incredible mirrored wonderland. The other outstanding feature of the cave is the suspended table formation that hangs over the lake.
Lake Cave can only be visited on a guided tour. Tours run for 1 hr and are conducted throughout the day at starting at 9.20am.
Ngili Cave Margaret River
Ngilgi Cave is located near Yallingup and can even be reached via a beautiful walk trail through the forest from Caves House Hotel. The cave has an interesting history and is rich in Aboriginal mythology.
Ngili Cave has a stunning array of stalactite, stalagmite, helictite and shawl formations. You can explore the cave on your own, or go on a semi-guided or adventure tour. There’s also the highly recommended Ngili Cultural Tour that explores the Aboriginal cultural significance of the cave and surrounding area.
Mammoth Cave Margaret River
Mammoth Cave is a self-guided cave, this means that you can go exploring on your own. Headphones are available which provide an informative insight into the history and features of the cave.
One of the interesting things about Mammoth Cave is that it contains fossils from Australia’s megafauna. There’s also a lovely boardwalk through the forest on the way out.
Mammoth Cave is the closest cave to Margaret River township and the most accessible. The first chamber is wheelchair and pram friendly.
Calgardup Cave Margaret River
This is another self-guided cave and a great option for the more adventurous little kids, The cave is one of the smaller ones and you can explore at your own pace. Helmets and torches are provided at the entry and kids will love exploring the caves, climbing ladders and crawling under the rock formation.
Giants Cave Margaret River
Giants Cave is an adventure cave and gives the most hands-on experience. There’s no light inside the cave and you’re provided with torches and helmets. Like Calgardup you can explore the cave on your own and navigate steep ladders and tight tunnels. The cave is not suitable for children under six. Bring sturdy shoes.
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