Our World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves site gets a face-lift

Date posted: 24 May 2016

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Major works are about to get underway at Naracoorte Caves National Park – South Australia’s only World Heritage site.
 
A Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure programme (TDDI) will provide $450,000 from the State and Federal Governments to improve visitors’ experiences and facilities, including a loop walk, new lighting, interpretation panels and observation platforms.
 
The new loop walk will allow people in wheelchairs or families with young children to view the caves from new observation platforms without having to go underground.
 
A local Naracoorte-based business, Bulls Pty Ltd, has been awarded the contract of works.
 
The loop walk will link the Wonambi Fossil Centre (the Park’s Visitor Centre) with the Bat Observation Centre, Bat Cave and Blanche Cave.

Background

The Naracoorte Caves National Park is South Australia's only World Heritage site. It was officially listed on the World Heritage register in 1994 because of the site’s significant megafauna fossils.  
 
The Park is home to more than 100 known fossil deposits, and preserves the bones of megafauna that became extinct approximately 60,000 years ago.

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The Naracoorte Caves are millions of years old, and the State Government is committed to protecting the site, safeguarding the critically-endangered microbats which breed there, while also improving visitor access and experience.
 
We want to make South Australia a world leader in nature-based tourism, and our Nature Like Nowhere Else Strategy aims to inject $350 million per annum into the State’s economy and create 1,000 new jobs by 2020. 
 
These works are great news for the local economy, and also for the Naracoorte District which aims to significantly grow its tourism industry. 
 
The work on the loop track will be carefully carried out use of hand-held machinery in sensitive areas to minimise impact and vibrations on the caves below.

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