The Margaret River region is best known for surfing, swimming, forests and wine – but did you know that we also have some impressive caves? Whether you’re a veteran caver or just looking for something new to see on a rainy day, if you want to experience some spectacular underground scenery, Margaret River caves might be an ideal destination for your next visit.
There are three major Margaret River caves open to visitors year-round. Here is what you can expect from these unique sites:
- Jewel Cave: 42 metres deep and 1.9 kilometres long, this cave contains one of the world’s largest straw stalactites. This cave was not fully explored until 1958, and opened to
the public the following year.
- Lake Cave: Descending a 350-step staircase past ancient 20-story karri trees, you can witness firsthand the majestic beauty of this place, described as “The Queen of the World” for its intricate crystalline formations, pristine lake waters, and a noteworthy formation known as the “Suspended Table” – a 5-tonne column of calcite that seems to hover in midair over the lake.
- Mammoth Cave: See the full force of nature at work within the craggy walls of this 30 metre deep, 500 metre long gothic-looking cave. This cave is particularly significant to the field of palaeontology, and scientists continue to do research here to learn more about the ancient plant and animal life of Western Australia. Bones and fossils have been found here from animals such as the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) and Zygomaturas (a giant marsupial similar to a Pygmy Hippopotamus).
Find the best Margaret River caves
If you want to Experience the Best of Margaret River caves, there’s no need to search high and low, we’ve got it all mapped out for you! (Pardon the caving puns.) We have selected the “Best” of each category of attractions to refer you to top local tour guides and businesses.
All the places on our list have been reviewed by a local expert, and we can testify to their integrity and expertise. Our guide can also help you find the best of whatever else you want to do during your holiday – swimming, surfing, fishing, hiking, accommodation, fine dining, and much more.