Margaret River Caves

Lake Cave

Useful Information

Location: 5km north of Augusta on Caves Road.
Open: Cave: All year daily 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30.
Additional tours during school holidays.
CaveWorks: all year daily 9-17.
Closed 25-DEC.
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.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave Speleologyriver cave.
Light: electric.
Guided tours:  
Address: CaveWorks, 100 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285, Tel: +61-8-9757-7411, F: +61-8-9757-7421. E-mail: contact
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1867 entrance doline first recorded by Fanny Bussell.
1890 the narrow opening to the cave found.
1901 wooden staircase built to allow public access to the doline floor.


The Lake Cave has many pure white limestone formations reflecting in the still waters of an underground stream. The entrance is on the ground of a KarstDoline A wooden staircase with 300 steps allows access to the bottom of the doline, passing giant karri trees and ferns. Inside the cave is huge cave lake which is crossed on wooden planks with a handrail on one side. At the end of the tour the visitors have to walk back up the many steps of the wooden stair.

Lake Cave is sometimes said to be the most beautiful cave of Australia. The speleothems are exceptional but the cave is rather small. The single most extraordinary speleothem is the suspended table, a huge plate of calcite with a size of some 10m². It once formed as a layer of calcite on the floor, at the foot of two massive columns. Later the material below was transported away and the columns are now holding the plate in the air, 20cm above the surface of the cave lake.

Lake Cave is the location of CaveWorks, a speleological museum which calls itself eco-centre. The museum has a true size cave model, multimedia displays, a crawl for kids, and a caves documentary shown regularly. CaveWorks is also the name of the organization which manages the three caves Lake Cave, Jewel Cave, and Mammoth Cave. They also offer abseiling, rock climbing, caving, scenic tours, bushwalks and canoeing. The former Augusta/Margaret River Caves organization was renamed CaveWorks.