About the park
Naracoorte Caves National Park is South Australia's only World Heritage site. The site was officially recognised in 1994 because of the importance of the fossils in the caves.
The park is home to over 100 known fossil deposits, preserving the bones of megafauna that became extinct roughly 60,000 years ago.
Naracoorte Caves preserves Australia's most complete fossil record for the past 500,000 years.
What is World Heritage?
A World Heritage site is a place of cultural or physical significance to the planet, as determined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
There are 19 World Heritage sites in Australia including Uluru, Kakadu, the Great Barrier Reef and Naracoorte's sister fossil site, Riversleigh in North Queensland.
World Heritage tour
Find out about our behind the scenes World Heritage tour for those with an interest in palaeontology.
World Heritage trail
The World Heritage trail is a popular 1.3 kilometre track in the Naracoorte Caves National Park. It stretches from the Wonambi Fossil Centre to the Victoria Fossil Cave.
The walk features informative milestones that highlight the World Heritage features of the park, making it popular with school groups and those with an interest in the park's ancient history.