Caves - South Australia
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Princes Highway, PO Box 1431, MT GAMBIER
Ph: +61 8 8725 5493 Fax: +61 8 8725 1200
Named after the
German immigrant Carl Engelbrecht, who owned the area above the
cave, most parts of the cave are only accessible to cave divers. The
horizontal, one level cave lies at the same level as the ground
water table. The tours into the cave are operated by Lifeline
volunteers, who show dry parts of the cave, two large chambers and a
cave lake, which is the karst water table.
Lies on the western edge of South Australia,
about 50 kms from the ocean.
This World Heritage Area has currently 26 known
caves in the area, with the most famous being the Victoria Fossil
- Victoria Fossil
The most famous of the caves, there are over 3,000
metres of collapse dome chambers connected by low passages and
flatteners. There are important vertebrate fossil deposits still
being uncovered and researched, especially in the Fossil
Chamber. Other regions in the cave complex include the Ossuaries,
White Chamber, Butch and Lake Chamber and Starburst Chamber. The
toured section is through mainly the collapse chambers with the
low connecting passages artificially enlarged, as well as
artificial entrances having been excavated for ease of visitor
access. A visit to the fossil chamber also form part of the
tour. The cave has excellent extensive speleothem decoration
throughout the cave. Some images can be
Other caves of significance include
Alexandra, Fox, Blackberry, Cathedral Caves, all containing
vertebrate fossil material to be investigated.
- Bat Cave
The maternity site for Bent-winged Bats (Miniopterus
schreibersii) population of south-east South Australia and
south-west Victoria. Also contains other invertebrate fauna that
includes a number of endemic species. A collapse window (8
metres x 12 metres) drops 8 metres to a rockpile in the entrance
chamber. The cave develops for over 300 metres to the south-east
and includes the main bat chamber (60 metres x 25 metres and 12
metres high) and contains extensive guano deposits that were
mined in the 19th century.
Access is restricted to management
personnel only for maintenance of bat viewing infrastructure and
to approved researchers. The bats can be viewed by remote
controlled cameras placed at various points in the cave from the
Bat Cave Teleview Centre.
- Alexandra Cave
Discovered in 1908, the cave comprising several well-decorated
chambers connected by low sandy and floored passages. The
northern passages have been enlarged to allow easy access for
visitors. The original solution tube entrance has been
extensively modified and an additional artificial entrance
excavated. This cave is accessible by guided tours. Some images can be
- Blanche Cave
Discovered in 1845, the cave has a long history as a show
cave. Predominantly a line of large collapse passages and
chambers with several roof windows (total length 250 metres). It
is a good example of collapse beneath a calcrete caprock. The
decoration, which had dried and degraded, is rejuvenating as
water percolation resumed after the removal of the pine trees
over the top of the cave in the late 1980s. There are guided
Other caves in region include: Appledore Cave, Blackberry Cave,
Wet Cave (Stick-Tomato Cave), Cathedral Cave, Robertson Cave, Fox
Cave, Little Victoria Cave, Saddle Cave, Sand Funnel Cave,
Peppertree Hole, Little Cathedral, Frog Hole and a number of unnamed
caves. To see list and description of caves,
Some of the caves are show cave, with guided tours, while others
are classified wild or adventure, accessible with guides.
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