Naracoorte Caves

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The Naracoorte Caves are part of the 800,000 year old Naracoorte East Range. They are World Heritage listed, and one of the world’s most important fossil sites.

For half a million years the caves acted as pitfall traps and predator dens. Animals would fall in through a hole in the ground and not be able to escape. Bones collected – layer upon layer, year after year – creating a rich fossil record of the ancient animals that roamed the area. The fossil record covers several ice ages and the arrival of humans in the area.

Palaeontologists have excavated and dated many of the fossils in Naracoorte Caves. They have reconstructed the skeletons of many of the megafauna that lived so many years ago. Some of which can be viewed in the Fossil Centre.

Of the 28 known caves in the park, four are open to the public. Other caves are set aside for scientific research or to protect the caves and their contents. Many of the caves contain spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.

In 2017 the accessible Rooftop Loop Walk was opened. The 850m walk linking the Wonambi Fossil Centre with the Bat Observation Centre, Bat Cave and Blanche Cave, the Loop Walk has plenty of interpretive signage and uses cave markers to indicate when you are over a cave, giving insight into what’s underground. Strategically placed viewing platforms provide a glimpse into the cave interior.

GOOD TO KNOW

There are accessible bathrooms and car parking onsite.

Pack a picnic or BBQ and stay around to enjoy the tranquil setting of the cave site.

There is also a campground with dormitory style accommodation and accessible bathroom amenities available for bookings approx 50om from the Visitor Centre.

Coming late 2018 is a Nature Style Playground.

WHAT’S NOT ACCESSIBLE

None of the caves are accessible. Combine your visit to the Limestone Coast with a trip to Tantanoola Caves for an accessible underground experience.

HOW TO BOOK

Bookings are not required for visitors to access the Rooftop Loop Walk. All other bookings can be made online or at the Visitor Centre.

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