Margaret River Caves

Jewel Cave


Useful Information

Location: 8km north of Augusta on Caves Road. AU13.
Open: All year daily 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30.
Additional tours during school holidays.
Closed 25-DEC.
[2011]
Fee: Adults AUD 20, Children (4-16) AUD 10, Family (2+2) AUD 50, Additional Children AUD 6.50, Seniors AUD 17.50.
Grand Tour Pass: Adults AUD 48, Children (4-16) AUD 22, Family (2+2) AUD 135.
[2011]
Classification:  Karst cave,
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=1,900m, D=42m.
Guided tours: L=800m, D=60min.
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Address: CaveWorks, 100 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285, Tel: +61-8-9757-7411, F: +61-8-9757-7421. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.
Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:52:01 $

History

 
1958explored by Lex Bastion and Lloyd Robinson.
26-DEC-1959opened to the public.
cave reopened after renovation.

Description

The cave has a  straw with the length of 5.40m, the longest straw to be found in any tourist cave. But the cave is famous for its variety of cave decorations including  helictites.

The discovery of fossils, Tasmanian Tiger (Thyiacine) dated at 25,000 BP, make the Jewel an important site for research.

The cave has recently undergone an intensive cleaning and restoration program. It cost AUD 3.1 million and included the renovation of the 50 year old surface buildings, a new cave entrance, a tunnel into the cave, and a new visitor centre with museum, shop and cafe. A new environment friendly light system has also been installed. The planning and the renovation work took eight years, the cave was closed for six months and reopened in February 2011.


See also


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