Naracoorte Caves National 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.

See a full listing of World Heritage sites.
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.

Location

Naracoorte Caves National Park is located on Hynam-Caves Road, 10km south of the main township of Naracoorte.

Opening times

9:00am - 5:00pm

Camping and accommodation

There are ten powered sites and a large area for tents at the park. Laundry facilities and rainwater are also available. Camping permits are available from self-registration stations at the campground or from the park office.

Important information for campers:
• Fires only permitted in designated fire pits between 1 May and 31 October every year. Fire restrictions may apply outside of these dates; check the Fire News section for current information.
• The collection of firewood (either dead or alive) is prohibited. Please conserve native habitat by using liquid fuel or gas stoves or bring your own wood.
• Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis in designated campgrounds only.
• Be self-sufficient and carry adequate supplies of drinking water - do not rely on tanks or creeks for water.
• No pets allowed.
• Firearms are prohibited.

Contact us

Naracoorte Caves National Park
PO Box 134
Naracoorte SA 5271

Phone: (+61 8) 8762 2340
Email: naracoortecaves@sa.gov.au

Important information

There are about 26 caves at Naracoorte Caves National Park, though not all are open to the public. Some are set aside for scientific research or for protection of the caves and their contents.

Naracoorte Caves National Park and World Heritage Area is not just about caving. There are many natural attractions within the 600 hectare park.

The most common mammals you will see are western grey kangaroos, but echidnas, wombats and sugar gliders also live here. In the evening you may be lucky enough to see brushtail possums emerging from the caves and trees to go about their nocturnal business.

The park's walking trails are a bird watcher's paradise with thornbills, rosellas and honeyeaters in large numbers. In the gardens around the Wonambi Fossil Centre and the café you may also spot rare eastern yellow robins and eastern spinebills.