Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park

Come and discover one of South Australia's most impressive caves at the Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park.

This spectacular cave, set into a cliff face, is believed to have been exposed by the constant pounding of the ocean. Over time the sea has retreated leaving behind a cavern of interesting shells, pebbles and seal bones.

Today, Tantanoola Caves comprises an extraordinary display of cave decorations (speleothems) in beautiful shades of pink and brown, coloured by its dolomite base rock. The 'Up and Down Rocks' is a special highlight.

Tantanoola is one of Australia's few wheelchair accessible caves. Upon arrival, enjoy a special hosted experience as a knowledgeable guide introduces you to the history and geology of the caves and explains how its spectacular array of formations has developed over thousands of years. You are then free to stroll through the large cavern at your leisure and take photographs.

Above ground, take advantage of the picturesque picnic grounds and the cliff top walking trail which offers panoramic views of the surrounding district.


Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park is located 29km north west of Mount Gambier. Access is via the Princes Highway.

Opening times

1 September – 30 April
10am – 3pm daily (except Christmas Day)

1 May – 31 August
10am – 3pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday only

Tantanoola Caves will be open for SA and VIC school holidays and all public holidays.


Fees apply.

Fire information

Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited from 10 November 2014 to 30 April 2015. 

Gas fires are permitted other than on days of total fire ban.

Find out more information about fire restrictions.

Contact us

Phone: (+61 8) 8734 4153

Important information

This park may be closed on days of extreme fire danger.

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