Western Australia is home to some amazing landscapes.  But what lies below the surface?  We look at the 10 best caves in Western Australia.

Crystal Cave – Yanchep National Park

This popular limestone ‘stream cave’ is adorned with stalactites, stalagmites and helictites, and is one of more than 500 caves recorded in the Yanchep National Park area.

Learn more about the cave and the small creatures that inhabit it on a 45-minute Parks and Wildlife guided tour.

Tunnel Creek Cave – Kimberley

The Tunnel Creek Cave system is one of WA’s oldest and features a massive 750 metre-long tunnel with shallow water pools that visitors need to wade through. A four-wheel drive is required to access Tunnel Creek National Park via Gibb River Road, or take a day trip from Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Broome.

Mimbi Caves – Kimberley

Join Aboriginal guides for an inspiring and thrilling tour deep inside one of Australia’s most spectacular and significant cultural and geological sites. This unique network of caves is a place
of deep spiritual significance to the Gooniyandi people as well as being one of the most significant Devonian fossil sites in the world. The caves are 90km east of Fitzroy Crossing.

Lake Cave – Margaret River

Lake Cave’s mirrored waters reflect the strikingly lit formations on its ceilings and walls. It is the only cave in the region with a permanent lake and at 62 metres is the deepest of the three nearby
tourist caves. Entry is through a large hole in the ground known as a doline. Lake Cave is just below the CaveWorks interpretive centre and is a 20-minute drive south of Margaret River.

Ngilgi Cave – Yallingup

Ngilgi Cave is o Caves Road and was the first cave in WA to be opened to tourists. Its dazzling network of tunnels and caverns wind some 40 metres below the ground.

Boardwalks lead you down and through the chambers. Visitors can take a regular guided tour or an adventure tour crawling and climbing through sections of the cave not usually seen by the
public.

Jewel Cave – Augusta

Jewel Cave is one of WA’s most breathtaking tourist caves. It is the biggest, with four massive chambers, and contains some of the longest ‘straw’ stalactites of any tourist cave in the world.

The chambers and incredible formations are spectacularly lit, adding to the extraordinary experience. Guided tours are run daily.

Mammoth Cave – Margaret River

Surrounded by towering karri and marri trees, Mammoth Cave is one of the south west’s biggest and most spectacular caves and is one of only a few caves in the area that also contains fossils. It is easily accessible and has wheelchair access to the first massive chamber. Cave tours are selfguided with visitors listening to an audio tour on an MP3 player.

Moondyne Cave – Augusta

In 2012, Moondyne Cave was re-opened to visitors after being closed for 10 years. Offering a different caving experience to the region’s other show caves, visitors are required to wear overalls, gloves and helmets for a tour by torchlight. The cave is a mix of large crystal chambers and small passages, providing a challenging and unique experience.

Giants Cave – Margaret River

Giants Cave offers all the excitement of a true caving experience as you make your way along the marked paths of this huge unlit cave at your own pace. At 575 metres long and 86 metres deep,
it is one of the biggest and deepest caves in the Leeuwin- Naturaliste Ridge. Sturdy footwear is recommended and a torch is provided as part of the entry fee.

Calgardup Cave – Margaret River

Water covering the floor of the three large chambers in Calgardup Cave creates spectacular reflections. There  are no guided tours so you can explore at your own pace.

Elevated boardwalks along the way provide great views and the chance to stop and rest. Torch use is included in the entry fee.

More information about the caves can be obtained from local tourism outlets, from the local Parks and Wildlife offices or website.  RAC TRavel also has the latest deals for Western Australian Holidays.