Are you looking for the Best Cave to Visit in Margaret River?
If you’re looking for a quick fix of natural beauty, there is no better place than the Margaret River caves. From deep dark pits to wide open spaces with internal lakes and spectacular views; each cave has something unique about it that will take your breath away.
If seeing all six show caves is too much then I am here to help you choose which one to visit, so that no matter which you end up seeing, it’ll be an awe-inspiring experience!
I am a Margaret River local and a Margaret River tourism expert, and not only have I been to these caves myself, but I have also helped thousands of people choose which cave they should go to!
Formed over a million years ago, the caves near Margaret River, from Busselton to Augusta, are one of the natural wonders of Australia’s South West. There are actually more than 100 limestone caves all up that we know about, but only six are open to the public, some with guided tours, others are self-guided tours.
There’s no other stretch of caves like this in Western Australia!
There are plenty of things to see and do in the Margaret River region, but if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience then I recommend exploring these caves. These are the best caves in Margaret River. The whole family will leave with memories that they’ll cherish forever after their adventure down under (Get it? Down under?)
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For those who want a deep-dive on caves, keep reading to discover the best Margaret River Cave Tours. After you see all the options, check out the Caves Around Margaret River FAQ at the end of the articles, so you can visit the caves Margret River like a pro!
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Which Is The Best Cave To See In Margaret River?
The best cave to see in Margaret River is Jewel Cave, in my opinion. However, if you only have time to see one Margaret River cave and mobility or accessibility isn’t an issue, then go to one closest to where you are staying; if you’re in Busselton/Dunsborough/Yallingup, go to Ngilgi Cave, if you’re in Margaret River, go to Lake Cave, and if you’re in Augusta, try Jewel Cave. If there are accessibility needs, family requirements, or time issues, that can also dictate which cave you select.
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Hidden in the beautiful Boranup Karri forest, Jewel Cave is the biggest show cave in Western Australia offering three massive chambers and one of the longest straw stalactites found in any tourist cave in Australia.
With over 40 percent of the cave developed for tourism, it offers an easy walk cave and is one of the best caves to visit with small kids.
You will also find an onsite café offering coffee, light lunches, and refreshments, as well as a shop. Jewel Cave is located at the southern end of Caves Road, ten minutes north of Augusta, and combines well with a trip to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.
If you’re looking for cave tours in Margaret River, Jewel Cave has you covered. Fully guided tours run for 1 hour and are conducted throughout the day starting every half hour from 9.30 am, and it’s advised to buy your tickets to your Fully Guided Tour in advance.
Tip: If you want more information on Jewel Cave, read my Jewel Cave Review.
You’d be a fool not to go! This is by far one of the most stunning caves I have visited. – (Read More Reviews Here!)
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Margaret River Lake Cave is a stunning crystal wonderland and one of the deepest caves in the Margaret River Region. Entry to Lake Cave is from the floor of a sunken forest, surrounded by towering Karri trees, and is highly recommended for adults and children alike.
Lake Cave is the most ‘actively dripping’ cave in the Margaret River Region, and the only cave with a permanent lake on the inside which creates an incredible mirrored wonderland. Marvel at the unique ‘suspended table’ formation, which weighs several tonnes and seems to defy gravity as it hovers above the clear lake water.
Like walking into another world, awesome cave, towering Karri trees and knowledgeable and friendly guide. – (Read More Reviews Here!)
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Ngilgi Cave is located off Caves Road between Dunsborough and Yallingup and is rich in history, being Western Australia’s first tourist attraction. It’s also excellent to visit if you are in the northern part of the region and looking for caves near Busselton, or Dunsborough caves.
Ngilgi Cave is named because of its association with an Aboriginal legend describing the battle between a good spirit (Ngilgi) and an evil spirit (Wolgine).
The cave offers a stunning display of stalactite, stalagmite, helictite, and shawl formations plus an interpretive area detailing the cave’s rich history. Hour-long semi-guided tours depart every half-hour from 9.30 am, and you can book tickets here.
We took this trip twice with 2 different guides and they were amazingly friendly knowledgeable, welcoming and respectful of the land. It’s a must have trip not just for the caves, but for the experience all of the staff provided, from the entrance to the cave 🙂 – (Read More Reviews Here!)
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Headphones are available which provide an informative insight into the history and features of the cave.
Wandering through Mammoth Cave conjures thoughts of this being the perfect home for a caveman. With natural light playing on the formations and an array of angles going off in all directions it is not hard to imagine this once being a liveable place.
Mammoth Cave also contains a fossil from Australia’s megafauna so make sure you don’t miss checking this out. There is also a lovely boardwalk through the forest on the way out.
Mammoth Cave is 20 minutes south of Margaret River township and the most accessible, with the first chamber being wheelchair friendly (but no prams or strollers). Bookings are recommended and tickets are available here.
A very amazing cave. The audio was very informative. The lighting was wonderful. Would recommend this tour to everyone. – Lindsey (Read more reviews here!)
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5. Giants Cave Margaret River
Giants Cave is a true adventure experience as it involves climbing, crawling, and maneuvering through vertical ladder climbs, rock scrambles, tight spots, gigantic chambers, a natural cave floor and constructed walkways for more than 500m in this 86m deep cave. This is a medium-level adventure and not suitable for children under 6, and you must wear fully enclosed footwear.
Giants Cave is not lit, and you are provided with helmets, headlamps, and torches before you enter. Some people find this cave physically challenging, so if you are claustrophobic or suffer mobility issues, other caves may be better for you to visit.
This one takes about an hour to go through and opening hours for Giants Cave are non-standard, so please check current opening times and entry prices here before making the drive.
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6. Calgardup Cave Margaret River
Calgardup Cave is a really fun self-guided cave in Margaret River that you can tour at your own pace. You’re provided with a torch, helmet, and head-lamp and can explore the cave on your own without a guide (while keeping to the boardwalk and steps) It’s easily accessible for all ages, with handrails on all boardwalks and stairs. Calgardup Cave is 27m deep and full of colorful crystals, stalactites and stalagmites, and walls of flowstone.
Calgardup Cave is probably one of the least visited caves, maybe because it’s one of the only self-guided caves Margaret River, which makes it generally pretty quiet and not as ‘touristy’ as the others. You don’t need to book in advance to see Calgardup Cave, but for up-to-date ticket prices and opening hours, click right here.
Our friends over at the Margaret River Motel made this YouTube video of their experience of Calgardup Cave too, you can watch it here.
What Is The Best Cave To See In Margaret River?
The best cave to visit in Margaret River is Jewel Cave. It is the biggest show cave in Western Australia, and has three massive chambers, making it the best cave to visit with small children. You can buy tickets here.
Which Is The Biggest Cave In Margaret River?
Jewel Cave is the biggest show cave in Western Australia with one of the longest straw stalactites and eight entrances. Fully guided tours run for one hour and are conducted throughout the day starting every half hour from 9.30 am You can buy tickets here.
What Is Special About Jewel Cave?
Jewel Cave is special because is the biggest show cave in Western Australia, offering three massive chambers and one of the longest straw stalactites found in any tourist cave in Australia. Fully guided tours run for one hour and are conducted throughout the day starting every half hour from 9.30 am You can buy tickets here.
Can You Go Into Mammoth Cave Without A Tour?
Yes, you can visit Mammoth Cave without a tour. This self-guided cave offers the perfect opportunity to go it alone in safety. Check opening hours and it’s recommended you buy a ticket here before making the journey out there.
How Many Caves Are In Margaret River?
There are six caves in total to visit in Margaret River. Giants and Calgardup Caves are operated by DPAW and the remaining four are operated by the MRBTA.
How Many Steps Does Lake Cave Have?
How Long Does The Ngilgi Cave Tour Take?
The Ngilgi Cave Tour takes approximately one hour. It is semi-guided, which means the guide gives you an introductory talk while you’re being led down into the first chamber, which after that you are free to explore on your own.
How Do You Pronounce Ngilgi Cave?
Ngilgi Cave is pronounced ‘Neel-gee’ and is named because of its association with an Aboriginal legend describing the battle between a good spirit (Ngilgi) and an evil spirit (Wolgine).
Which Is The Best Busselton Caves?
If you are wondering about caves Busselton, unfortunately I don’t have a definitive answer to this question as it really depends on individual preference. Some of the more popular Busselton Caves include Jewel Cave, Ngilgi Cave and Lake Cave, all of which can offer incredible experiences. Ngilgi Cave is my preferred choice if you are staying in Busselton though, as it is the closest, and it’s just as good as the others.
Which Is The Best Cave Tours Margaret River?
The Margaret River region is home to some of the most incredible caves in Australia, with beautiful and unique formations. Most of the caves actually come with a guided tour! Ngilgi Cave, Jewel Cave and Lake Cave all have ticketed, informative tours that are well worth the money. Each offers a different experience so it really depends on what cave you want to go to!
Which Is The Best Caves Dunsborough?
The caves near Dunsborough offer a wonderful array of experiences to explore. Some of the more popular ones include Mammoth Cave, Ngilgi Cave and Lake Cave. Ngilgi Cave is the most convenient cave to visit if you are staying in Dunsborough, however, as it is the closest.
Are Any Margaret River Caves Free?
No, unfortunately, there are no free caves Margaret River, however, I think that visiting a cave in Margaret River is a very low-cost experience for the things you learn and the access you get to the caves.
Which Is The Best Augusta Caves?
The Augusta Caves are some of the most spectacular in Australia, and offer a wide range of experiences for visitors. Some of the more popular caves include Mammoth Cave, Jewel Cave and Lake Cave. While all three of these are stunning, I would say that if you are staying in Augusta, visit Jewel Cave as it is the closest.
Which Is The Best Cave To Visit In Margaret River?
Hands down I think Jewel Cave is the best cave to visit in Margaret River for several reasons. It is the closest to Augusta, it has some of the most unique formations in Australia, it is family-friendly (I comfortably took our five kids including a baby and a two-year-old and had no troubles!) and it has a fully guided tour that you can purchase tickets for. It’s definitely worth checking out!
Wrapping Up: Caving Margaret River
Hopefully, after reading all this, you have found a cave in Margaret River that you want to explore!
Caving in Margaret River is a great all-weather activity, and also a great history lesson while you’re at it! There’s a cave suitable for all ages and ability levels – give me a follow on Instagram @accommodationmargaretriver and tell me which your favourite cave has been!
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