Experience : Princess Margaret Rose Caves

This humble natural wonder is located in the Lower Glenelg National Park and is possibly the most decorated cave per square metre in Australia.  Often referred to as the ‘the jewel in the crown’ of the Lower Glenelg National Park, the cave has a variety of geological formations, such as stalactites, stalagmites, and gravity-defying helictites.

 

The cave was formed over thousands of years by the constant drip of rainwater through the limestone. Formations with a grey colour have deposits from the ash of bushfires, while the caramel formations get their colour from the leaf litter above.

 

 

Two 17 year olds, Keith and Bunny, discovered the cave in 1936 while they were out rabbit hunting. They kept the cave a secret from their parents and the authorities, and used it as a hide out and function room for their parties with mates.  Eventually, they grew up and turned the caves into a tourist attraction.  They constructed the limestone stairs over 5 years and from 1941, Bunny became the first official tour guide for the caves.  They wrote a really nice letter to the Royal Family, asking if they could name the cave after the sister of soon-to-be Queen Elizabeth.  Permission was granted.

 

The 45 minute guided tour is really good and costs $14 per adult.  Our tour guide was cheerful and informative and the caves are refreshingly cool, especially if it’s a hot day outside.

 

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