CAVES R D
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse: Located 120 metres above
sea level, climb just 59 steps to the top of the lighthouse
for breathtaking panoramic views over the Leeuwin-
Naturaliste National Park and Geographe Bay.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse: Visit Australia’s tallest
mainland lighthouse, situated among the wilderness of
the most south-westerly tip of Australia, to see where the
Indian and Southern Oceans meet.
For more information visit margaretriver.com or contact
your nearest visitor centre.
ABOUT THE CAVES
Your Margaret River Region is home to over 100 caves,
nestled in the spine of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge.
These caves have been formed over the last 1 million years
by the constant movement of water through limestone.
Ngilgi, Mammoth, Lake and Jewel Caves are managed
by the not-for-profit Margaret River Busselton Tourism
Association. Entry fee contributions made by visitors help
us to look after these natural assets and preserve them for
future generations to enjoy.
9:00am – 5:00pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
Additional tours available during peak periods.
For further information:
PHONE. +61 8 9757 7411
MORE: Contact your nearest visitor centre.
CAPE NATURALISTE LIGHTHOUSE
CAPE LEEUWIN LIGHTHOUSE
THE MARGARET RIVER REGION
Discounted multi-cave packages are
available – why not visit them all!
This exquisitely decorated cave was
Western Australia’s first tourist attraction.
Take in the cave’s beautiful bush setting while you learn
about Ngilgi’s rich history, from the fascinating Aboriginal
Dreamtime Story of the good spirit Ngilgi to the arrival of
the first tourists in 1899.
Once inside the cave, the Semi-Guided Show Cave Tour
allows you to admire the spectacular shawls, helictites,
stalagmites and stalactites at your own pace. Discover
new chambers and formations at every turn, including the
‘Fairy Cave’ and ‘Cupid’s Corner’. The ‘Tunnel of Doom’ is
a must for children before you leave!
Exciting Ngilgi Adventure Tours are also available,
which allow you to venture off the boardwalks by
torchlight, led by an experienced guide. Highly
recommended for thrill seekers!
This natural time capsule offers an extraordinary
insight into Australia’s ancient past.
Mammoth Cave has wheelchair access to the first chamber.
Pick up your MP3 self-guided audio tour to get started;
available in English, German and Mandarin.
Entering the cave through bushland via a gently sloping
boardwalk, you’ll realise just how much there is to see
here. Over 10,000 fossils had at one time accumulated
inside the cave; upon excavating many of these were
found to be remains of Australian Megafauna (giant
animals) that became extinct around 46,000 years ago.
There is even a 50,000 year old ‘zygomaturus’ jawbone
embedded in the cave wall.
If you visit during winter, you will see a stream flowing
through the cave which is stained red from natural tannins.
As you leave the cave, complete your tour with a walk
along the beautiful Marri trail.
Enter this crystal wonderland via steps descending into
a giant sunken entrance among ancient Karri trees.
Once inside the cave, be astonished by the unique ‘Suspended
Table’ formation, which weighs several tonnes and seems to
defy gravity as it hovers above the clear lake water.
See delicate crystal straws reflected in the water, and
look out for droplets hanging from the tips of straws and
stalactites – a sign that the formations are growing.
Once back above ground, admire the views from the Lake
Cave Deck, a spectacular viewing platform in the treetops.
Then brush up on your cave knowledge at the interpretive
centre before enjoying refreshments at the onsite tearooms.
The largest show cave in Western Australia, entering Jewel
Cave is like finding yourself inside a lofty natural cathedral.
A modern interpretive centre and café welcome you to
this gigantic cave.
As your guide leads you through the cave’s three vast
caverns, you will see tremendous stalagmites, flowstones
and shawls towering above you. Hear stories of how
Tasmanian Tigers fell into the cave and perished.
Be astounded by delicate straws, one of which has grown
to over five metres in length. Discover the cave’s unique
formations, including the ‘Frozen Waterfall’ and ‘Organ
Pipes’. As you complete the circular route through the
cave, you will pass beneath coral formations that create
the impression of being underwater.
Each cave is uniquely decorated with natural formations.
We recommend you visit them all!