discover 500,000 years of history
The Naracoorte Caves National Park is South Australia’s only World Heritage listed area and is one of the world’s most important fossil sites. The caves preserve the bones of megafauna that became extinct around 40,000 years ago and is Australia's most complete marsupial fossil record for the past 500,000 years.
Explore the extraordinary caves and their world-renowned fossils on a self-guided, guided or adventure caving tour year-round. With the caves staying at a constant 17 degrees Celcius, the Naracoorte Caves is a great destination whatever the season.
The Victoria Fossil Cave best showcases the World Heritage values of the Naracoorte Caves. The Fossil Chamber in this cave is the most extensively studied and provides a unique look back into the climate and environment when megafauna roamed the area. The Victoria Fossil Cave guided tour offers the opportunity to analyse complete skeletons of megafauna species.
Alexandra Cave is a spectacularly decorated cave and is one of the Naracoorte Caves' special treasures. During the guided tour of this cave there are plenty of opportunities to photograph the exceptional cave formations, including beautiful examples of stalactites, stalagmites, helictites and columns.
Take your time and discover Wet Cave at your leisure. Wet Cave can be visited without a guide though there are some hosted tours at peak times. The robust columns and stalactites offer a wonderful contrast to the delicate formations in Alexandra Cave.
On the Bat Tour between September and April watch and learn about the fascinating activities of the Southern Bent-winged Bats during their breeding season. From the Bat Teleview Centre the critically endangered bats can be viewed via special in-cave cameras as they move about their maternity chamber in the cave below. The Bat Tour also includes the majestic Blanche Cave where you’ll probably see some of our bat population hibernating in a huddle on the cave ceiling.
The Wonambi Fossil Centre presents a fascinating insight into the past. Moving life-sized recreations of extinct megafauna are set in an ancient landscape providing a captivating understanding of how they lived.
Other activities at the caves include adventure caving and school educational programs and specialty tours, such as the popular Fossil Kids holiday program.
There are also a number of walking trails throughout the 600 hectare park. Here you can take in the above-ground world, while keeping an eye out for the native animals and birds that live here.
After all the exploring, kick back with a picnic lunch in the beautiful grounds (barbeque facilities are available) or sit down in the licensed café.
The Naracoorte Caves has a camping area with 13 powered sites and a large area for tents, surrounded by tall shady trees. There is also dormitory-style accommodation for 49 people at the Wirreanda Bunkhouse.
For all the information to plan your visit to the Naracoorte Caves, including opening and tour times, accommodation, functions and more, head to: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/naracoorte/Home