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Tantanoola Caves

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout Australia and the resulting restrictions imposed by the Federal and State governments, Tantanoola Caves has been temporarily closed until further notice. We will keep you up to date any developments and please stay safe.

The Tantanoola Caves are named after the town of Tantanoola. Known for its scenic beauty, the Tantanoola Caves are one of the most-visited destinations in South Australia. These caves are the only wheelchair accessed caves near Mount Gambier.

The Tantanoola Caves consist of a chamber of 30m width and 8m overall height. However, it is one of the smallest caves in South Australia that has numerous stunning speleothems (stalactite or stalagmite) and several helictites (a smaller type of stalactite).

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The Tantanoola Cave is within Up and Down Rock, which is a prehistoric marine cliff near the highway. The formation of the cliff was due to the adjacent seashore during the Pleistocene epoch (2.6 million to 11,700 years ago).

However, due to the effect of seawater on the rocks, the cliff was formed by repeated destruction of the rocks with the force of the waves. Gradually, this resulted in sea caves, cliffs and overhangs inside the Tantanoola Cave.

Now, the coast is very far from the cave as the sea retreated due to either the lowering of the sea level or the uplifting of the land. Even today, you will see some pebbles, seal bones and shells inside the cave that have been left behind by the sea.

Upon arrival at the caves, you will be accompanied by a guide into the cave who will introduce you to the history and geology of the caves. You are then free to stroll through the large cavern at your leisure and take photographs.

Tantanoola Caves also offers some beautiful picnic areas and play areas for kids.

Princes Highway
Tantanoola, South Australia

Opening Hours
10am - 3pm

Phone Number
(08) 8734 4153


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Adult: $14
Concession: $11
Child: $7
Family: $35

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