Three things we really wanted to do during our visit to WA: catch up with family, check out the gorgeous range of beaches, and explore a cave or two. Jewel Cave was at the top of our list.
So, during our epic South-Western Australia Road Trip, we were sure to make our way to Jewel Cave. Jewel Cave is in the Margaret River area, and is the biggest show cave you can explore in WA, with three huge underground chambers. They run guided sessions each hour from 9.30am. We were lucky enough to arrive just before one was about to begin, so didn’t have long to wait.
The tour takes around an hour, and you get to see so many different formations, including stalactites, helectites, cave coral, and flowstones. Areas of interest are lit up, and some sections offer a full-on light show!
At one point it felt like we were looking at coral under the sea, rather than in a cave underground.
Exploring Jewel Cave
Our guide informed us that when the cave was initially discovered, there was only a small opening visible from the ground, far above us. The people who found it, climbed through the opening to explore, with no idea how deep the cave was, or what they would find inside. It’s even thought that the now-extinct Tasmanian Tiger may have once called Jewel Cave home.
The tour itself takes place on raised platforms with steps leading up and down to each section. You’re with the guide the whole time, and there is no way you could get lost. While underground, the cave spaces are really big, and we didn’t have to crawl through any tight spaces. The only difficult part was the final staircase leading back up to the start – it was quite narrow, but no one in our group had any trouble with it.
I was constantly blown away by how deep underground we were, and the cave formations were incredible to see. Definitely a must-do for anyone visiting Western Australia.
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