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The Margaret River Caves are an ancient web of limestone caves that were formed over 1 million years ago. Located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge in the Margaret River region of Australia, you can expect to see an ancient wonderland of limestone crystal formations, stalagmites, and lakes during your cave tour.

Why go on a Margaret River Cave Tour?

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  • Explore the natural formations: Explore how natural phenomena have created lovely formations of caves, helictites, stalagmites and stalactites during your tour. 
  • Guided tours: Take a guided tour and learn about the long history of the caves and gain insights into their geographical and natural importance. 
  • Explore unseen lake caves: The Lake Cave has breathtaking views of a natural lake within the cave with crystal clear reflections of the formations above.  
  • Forest walks: Walk through the beautiful karri forest with exceptionally tall trees filled with numerous varieties of fauna before reaching the caves.

Margaret River Caves

Located within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, there are hundreds of caves around Margaret River. However, only a handful of them are accessible to the public. Here are some caves that you can explore on your Margaret River cave tours.

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Lake Cave

Walk through a forest of karri trees to reach a sinkhole, also called a doline, through which you head into the cave. As you descend the man-made staircase, you will see one of the only lake caves in Australia that reflect the beautiful limestone formations hanging from above. Marvel at the Suspended Table formation hovering over the water.

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Jewel Cave

The largest of all the caves, Jewel Cave is made of three massive chambers. Discover perfectly preserved fossils and also a skeleton on display of Tasmanian Tigers, a marsupial that went extinct about 3500 years ago. The cave is also home to the stalagmite’s depiction of the Karri Forest above and the beautiful flowstones within like “The Frozen Waterfall”.

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Mammoth Cave

The only cave with a wheelchair-accessible chamber, the Mammoth Cave is a natural time capsule with perfectly preserved fossils of the currently extinct megafauna. Explore age-old fossils, including a 50,000-year-old jawbone embedded in the cave walls. The cave ends with a twisting trail through a canopy of marri trees.

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Ngilgi Cave

Located in the northernmost region, the Ngilgi Cave is decorated with stunning stalactites, stalagmites, helictites and beautifully coloured shawls. Above the cave also lies an interactive experience for visitors to learn about the Wadandi people who were the original inhabitants of the land.

Which Margaret River Cave Should I Visit?

Each of the four caves open to the public has its own speciality, and if you don’t have the time to explore all of them, here’s how you can choose which one of them to visit.

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If you want fully-guided tours

Caves for you: Jewel Cave, Lake Cave

  • An expert guide shares in-depth knowledge about the caves and their formations. 
  • Learn about their history, significance, and usage by natives in the past. 

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If you want a self-guided tour

Caves for you: Mammoth Cave

  • Get audio guides available in multiple languages and explore the cave at your own pace. 
  • Audio guide languages: English, French, German, Malay, and Mandarin

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If you want wheelchair access

Caves for you: Mammoth Cave

  • With an audio guide, you can take your time to explore. 
  • The first chamber of the cave is accessible to wheelchairs. 

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If you’re travelling with children

Caves for you: Ngilgi Cave, Mammoth Cave

  • The crawl tunnel entrance is a hit amongst children. 
  • Discover fossils of long-extinct megafauna of the Australian continent. 

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If you’re an in-depth explorer

Caves for you: Jewel Cave, Ngilgi Cave

  • Discover the remains of the ancient Tasmanian Tigers that are more than 3000 years old. 
  • Journey through time with interactive exhibits with the Ancient Lands Experience. 

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Plan Your Margaret River Cave Tour

Getting There
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Lake Cave: Tour duration - 1 hour; available every 1.5 hours from 9:20 AM to 4 PM every day

Jewel Cave: Tour duration - 1 hour; available every hour from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM every day

Mammoth Cave: Tour duration - 1 hour; available every fifteen minutes from 9:30 AM to 4 PM every day

Ngilgi Cave: Tour duration - 1 hour; available every thirty minutes from 9:30 AM to 4 PM every day

Best Time To Take a Margaret River Cave Tour

The spring and summer months of September to February are the best months to visit the caves due to the pleasant weather that’s conducive to outdoor activities. The winter months of June to August have fewer crowds but tend to have regular rainfall.

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Lake Cave: Caves Rd &, Conto Rd, Forest Grove WA 6286, Australia. Find on Maps

Jewel Cave: Jewel Caves Rd, Deepdene WA 6290, Australia. Find on Maps

Mammoth Cave: Caves Rd, Forest Grove WA 6286, Australia. Find on Maps

Ngilgi Cave: 76 Yallingup Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia. Find on Maps

Best Way to Reach Margaret River Caves

By Car: Perth Airport is the closest airport and a 3-hour drive away from the Margaret River region. Car hire services are available at the airport, which is the best option to reach these caves as public transport is limited. There are also taxis and private transfers available at the airport.

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  • Lighting: The caves are well-lit through natural and man-made flood lights. 
  • Cafe: The Jewel Cave has an on-site cafe for refreshments and snacks. Refreshments are available at the Mammoth Cave as well. 
  • Shop: There are gift shops located in the Jewel and Mammoth Caves.
  • Visitor Center: Many caves have visitor centres where you can purchase tickets, get information about the caves, and learn about their history, geology, and significance. 
  • Maps: You can get free maps of the Margaret River caves at the visitor centres. 
  • Restrooms: Restrooms are present near the visitor centres of each cave. 
  • Information placards: Certain caves that offer self-guided tours have informational placards sharing details of the cave and its formation. 
  • Parking: Car parking spaces are available near the entrance of the caves.
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  • Wheelchair accessibility: All of the caves, except the Mammoth Cave, are approached through descent on a staircase and are not wheelchair accessible. The Mammoth Cave has a gently sloping boardwalk to the first chamber, which can be accessed in a wheelchair. However, the chamber is not accessible to prams or strollers.
  • Audio guides: Mammoth and Ngilgi caves are mostly self-guided and audio guides are available in multiple languages.
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  • Drones: Drones can operate in the caves with special permission taken beforehand. 
  • No pets: Pets are not allowed in the caves. 
  • No tripods: Due to the delicate natural formations, tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed in the cave. 
  • Photography: Photography is permitted inside the caves. 
  • Outside food: Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the caves.
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  • Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse: A functional lighthouse with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the pristine Geographe Bay coastline.
  • Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse: Constructed at the southwestern tip of Australia, the lighthouse is the tallest one on mainland Australia and is still a vital working lighthouse.
  • Capel Vale Winery: The family-owned winery is known for its stunning views, magnificent gardens and variety of wines.

Visitor Tips

  • Two adults needed: A minimum of two adults aged 17 and above are required for a tour. 
  • Audio guides: Audio guides are available in English, Mandarin, Spanish, German and more languages for the self-explorable caves. 
  • Carry jackets: We recommend you carry a jacket as the air inside the caves can be chilly. 
  • Comfy shoes: Wear comfortable footwear as there are numerous steps involved to access the caves. 
  • Narrow pathways: There are certain areas in the caves that are narrow and tight, which could lead to claustrophobia in some guests. 
  • Boardwalks: The descent steps at each cave are not continuous, they have sections of boardwalk between them for visitors to rest along the way. 
  • Single entry: The Nigilgi, Jewel and Lake Caves have only one entry/exit point. 
  • Carry light: Do not carry too much in your backpack as you will be climbing up and down stairs. All refreshments are available on-site. 
  • Rain boots: If visiting in winter, do carry a pair of wet shoes or rain sandals for your visit to the caves. 
  • Sun protection: Do apply sunscreen and insect repellent, and remember to hydrate properly.

Frequently Asked Questions About Margaret River Cave Tours

How much does a Margaret River Cave Tour cost?

A Margaret River Cave Tour usually costs around AU$24. Children and senior citizens can avail of discounts on their tickets.

How to book a Margaret River Cave Tour?

Purchase your Margaret River Cave Tour tickets online to avail great discounts.

Why should I book my Margaret River Cave Tour online?

- Guaranteed entry: The caves are a popular attraction due to their natural beauty and can only host a fixed number of people (up to 10) at a time. Book your Margaret River Cave tours online in advance to ensure you have guaranteed entry.
- Skip the line: Skip the ticket line at the Visitor Centre and go straight for your tour when you book your ticket online.

What are the different Margaret River Caves?

The four Margaret River Caves open to the public are the Lake Cave, Mammoth Cave, Jewel Cave and Ngilgi Cave.

What does a Margaret River Cave Tour include?

Your Margaret River Cave tour usually includes your entry fee and a guide for the tour.

Are there discounts available on Margaret River Cave Tours?

Yes, children and senior citizens can avail of discounts on their tickets by showing the necessary proof of identity.

Are there guided Margaret River Cave Tours?

Yes, guided tours of Margaret River Caves are available where the guide will inform you of the historical and natural significance of the age-old caves.

Can I cancel my Margaret River Cave Tour?

Unfortunately, Margaret River Cave tours cannot be cancelled or rescheduled once purchased.

What are the timings for my Margaret River Cave Tours?

The first tour generally begins at 9:15 AM and the last tour at 4 PM. The timing for your tour will be based on the slot you pick when making the booking and will be mentioned on your tickets.

What is the duration of my Margaret River Cave Tour?

Each guided tour lasts one hour. The self-guided tours allow you to explore the caves at your own pace.

How do I get to my Margaret River Cave Tour?

Private vehicles are the best way to reach the Margaret River region as it is not well connected by public transport.

Is it worth going on a Margaret River Cave Tour?

Absolutely! During the tour, you can marvel at nature’s beautiful limestone formations, karri forests and fossils that date back to millions of years ago.

Are Margaret River Caves wheelchair-accessible?

Only the first chamber in the Mammoth Cave is wheelchair accessible. The other caves are not advisable for visitors with limited mobility as they have narrow passageways and steep stairways.