Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park

  • Information Office
  • Picnic Areas
  • Toilets
  • Guided Tours
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Walking Trails
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Tantanoola Caves boast an extraordinary display of cave decorations and are wheelchair accessible. The park also provides excellent opportunities for enjoying a picnic and bushwalking, so allow plenty of time for your visit!

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About

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.

Opening hours

September to April

Open daily 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Closed Christmas Day

May to August

Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

School holidays

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

South Australian school holiday dates

Autumn: 16 April 2016 - 1 May 2016
Spring: 1 October 2016 - 16 October 2016
Summer: 17 December 2016 - 29 January 2017

Contact details

Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
Phone: (+61 8) 8734 4153

Getting there

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

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted within this park. There are however, a number of South Australian National Parks where you can take your dog on a lead. 

Facilities

Visitors can explore the information centre and learn about the caves during a guided tour. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy an open air meal in one of the picnic areas located in the park. Toilets and disabled toilets are available within the park.

Traditional owners

Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state. 

Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.

Useful information

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Take a virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of this park. Get a taste for the beauty of the magical underground world that this park protects.

See and do

Cave tours

No visit to the Tantanoola Caves National Park is complete without a cave visit. Our tours are informative and very popular.

Upon arrival, enjoy a special hosted experience. A knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the history and geology of the caves and explain how it's 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.

Easter and school holiday tour times (Friday 14 April 2017 - Friday 28 April 2017): 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12noon, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm.

Bushwalking

While visiting the caves take advantage of the cliff top walking trail which offers panoramic views of the surrounding district.

Bushwalking is a fantastic way to connect with nature, keep fit and spend time with family and friends. 

South Australia's national parks feature a range of trails that let you experience a diversity of landscapes. Our trails cater for all levels of fitness and adventure and our classification system makes it easy to select an experience suitable for you.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

Volunteering

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources South East – Volunteering.

Want to join others and become a Park Friend?

To find out more about Friends of Parks groups please visit Friends of Parks South Australia.

You could join others to help look after a park. You can take part in working bees, training and other events.

 

Safety

Bushwalking

The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 22 November 2016 to 30 April 2017.
  • You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
  • Gas fires are permitted through the year, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • leave your pets at home
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators (except where permitted), chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Maps

Fees

Entry fees

Entrance to the conservation park, including the Clifftop Loop Walk, is free of charge, however, fees apply for cave tours (see tab below).

Cave tours

Adult - $14.00
Concession - $11.00
Child - $7.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children) - $35.00
School group (per student) - $6.50
Adult group (per adult, min 10 people) - $10.00
Child group (per child, min 10 people) - $6.50
Learn by activity (per child) - $9.00

Park pass

This park is not included in the park pass system. 

Camping and accommodation

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

Other fees and permits

Venue hire fees

Wedding ceremonies - $450.00

Please contact the park office for more information.

Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
Phone: (+61 8) 8734 4153

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