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Your Margaret River Region is as spectacular underneath the ground as it is on top. Over 100 highly decorated limestone caves lay beneath the surface of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge.
Formed approximately 1 million years ago, a number of these complex and fragile karst systems are open to the public. Go inside and be amazed by these massive labyrinths decorated intricately with limestone crystal formations.
Cave tours range from completely easy ‘at your own pace’ self-guided tours, guided tours along boardwalks with great commentary, ‘off piste’ adventure hard-hat tours to extremely adventurous ‘abseil your way in’ expeditions.
It is difficult to choose the best cave tour in Your Margaret River Region. You can marvel at the reflections on Lake Cave’s permanent lake, be dwarfed in Jewel Cave’s enormous chambers and take it easy on the Mammoth Cave self- guided tour. At Yallingup’s Ngilgi Cave (pronounced ‘nilgi‘), you will learn the Aboriginal legend as you look up at limestone shawl formations– or delve deeper into the cave on an adventure tour.
Lake Cave fully-guided tours take visitors into a stunning pristine chamber deep beneath the earth. After descending through a giant sink-hole, past towering karri trees to the floor of a sunken forest, visitors enter the cave; where a tranquil lake reflects incredible crystal decorations that grow from the roof above.
Ngilgi Cave semi-guided tours begin with a guide accompanying visitors into the exquisitely decorated cave; named after the Aboriginal spirit ‘Ngilgi’. Visitors then explore on their own; with another guide stationed at the centre of the cave to provide more information. Ngilgi Cave was the first tourist attraction in WA.
Mammoth Cave self-guided tours allow visitors to explore by themselves, while listening to an informative ‘audio tour’; available in English, French, German, Malay, Mandarin. This is the easiest of the caves to tour, with the first chamber accessible by wheelchair.
Jewel Cave fully-guided tours showcase the beauty of WA’s largest show cave. Visitors are immediately awed by the breathtaking magnitude of the first chamber; which is home to one of the longest ‘straw’ stalactites in any Australian tourist cave. Visitors tour through three massive chambers of this profusely decorated cave.