Spend your Easter long weekend exploring Naracoorte Caves. Extra tour times over the four days have been added, plus they have included night bat tours so you can get a glimpse of the night life of the Southern Bent-winged Bats.
The Naracoorte Caves are part of the 800,000 year old Naracoorte East Range. They are World Heritage listed, and one of the world’s most important fossil sites.
For half a million years the caves acted as pitfall traps and predator dens. Animals would fall in through a hole in the ground and not be able to escape. Bones collected – layer upon layer, year after year – creating a rich fossil record of the ancient animals that roamed the area. The fossil record covers several ice ages and the arrival of humans in the area.
Palaeontologists have excavated and dated many of the fossils in Naracoorte Caves. They have reconstructed the skeletons of many of the megafauna that lived so many years ago.
Of the 28 known caves in the park, four are open to the public. Other caves are set aside for scientific research or to protect the caves and their contents. Many of the caves contain spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
Alexandra Cave | 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.15am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3.45pm, 4.30pm.
Victoria Fossil Cave | 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm, 4pm.
Bat/Blanche Cave | 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 6pm.
Adventure Caving (Novice)
Tours start at 10.30am and 2.30pm and last 90 minutes.
Fun for the whole family, the tour entails crawling, squeezing and walking through unlit caves with hard hats and lights. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited.
Night Flight Bat Tours
Tour starts at 6pm and lasts 90 minutes.
Experience the otherwise secret world of the Southern Bent-winged Bat via infra-red cameras in the Bat Observatory. Explore the majestic Blanche Cave by night with a bat expert, then watch the exodus from Bat Cave as the bats fly out for their nightly forage. Suitable for all ages.
Purchase tickets from the Wonambi Visitor centre prior to the tour. Bookings are not required.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Naracoorte Caves website here.
What: Visit Naracoorte Caves over the Easter Weekend
When: 25 – 28 March 2016 | Open 9am – 5pm
Where: Naracoorte Caves are located 10km south of Naracoorte, at 89 Wonambi Road. The main township of Naracoorte is 333km (about 3.5 hours) from Adelaide and 445km (about 5.5 hours) from Melbourne.
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