Caves and Mines
Naracoorte Caves National Park Naracoorte
Where is it at?
Naracoorte Caves National Park
Tel: 8 8762 2340
Where are we going today?
We know that family days out are always so much fun, but why always enjoy them ABOVE ground? Yep - we are taking you deep underground to Naracoorte Caves National Park, where the fun and adventure happens right below your feet!
Want to start with a very cool fact about Naracoorte Caves? Well, did you know that they are the ONLY World Heritage Site in the entire South Australia?
You know that they have to be pretty special! They were listed because of the fossils found within the caves, so you know that not only will you be enjoying a magical geological experience, but also history too!
For over 500,000 years, the caves actually acted as a traps and dens for predators, so across the years, layers of bones would collect. Because of this, we know exactly the kind of animals that lived in the area - and then when humans came along!
There are 28 caves within the park, and luckily for you there are 4 of them that are open for the public, so you can explore these amazing natural wonders. (The other canes are there for scientific research)
A cave tour is an essential part of your Naracoorte Caves experience. Cave tours last between 30 minutes to an hour, with some longer adventure cave tours. Whether you're an adventurer or just like to take things in your stride, there's something to delight and fascinate you in the Naracoorte Caves.
More gung-ho types can enjoy some adventure caving! Stick-Tomato Cave offers a great tour for the entire family. The squeezes and challenges are optional, allowing parents to watch children enjoy the caving experience. A minimum age of eight applies.
The general tour is well lit., despite being underground and most kids are absolutely fine with it. There are several Other types of tours available are less suited to young families, but well worth looking into if you have an over 12.
So what are you waiting for - let's get exploring!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsTours $9 - $60
- ChildrenTours $5.50 - $35
When can we go?
9am - 5pm daily
Closed only Christmas Day
Visiting Naracoorte Caves as part of a school excursion offers a rare opportunity for educators to explore the world of World Heritage values, geology, cave science, palaeontology and research, bats and their biology and tourism..
The Caves Cafe is open daily, and you can enjoy hot food, drinks, and great lunch options!.
There are coin operated gas BBQs so you can enjoy that Aussie tradition and grill your own lunch!.
Any Top Tips?
There are ten powered sites and a large area for tents at the park..
Need a little extra help?
The caves aren't accessible, but above ground there are several facilities that can accommodate wheelchairs.
Above ground it's stroller accessible, but the caves aren't.
You can enjoy self-guided tours if you want a leisurely stroll and still experience cave wonders.
What people are saying?
by Grigory Metlenko
Totally enjoyed the tours we went on. Tour guides were excellent and informative and the caves were really amazing. Really good value for money. Would highly recommend visiting this tourist place!
by praveen jugraj
Appeal - Did it attract me? Of course it did. I learned something about life half a million years ago. And the cave itself aroused an interest.
Facilities - For a cave and a fact that its contents need to be preserved for various reasons the facilities were good enough for me.
Service - I forgot the name of the guide but she was very patient dealing with a group of about 20 ppl. She seemed an expert in the field. Had no problem with ppl picking her brain.
by Behzad Saleh
by craig meyer
by A Google User