Deep inside dazzling Jewel Cave in Margaret River hangs the largest calcite straw stalactite of any show cave (open to the public) in the world.


Deep inside dazzling Jewel Cave in Margaret River hangs the largest calcite straw stalactite of any show cave (open to the public) in the world.

Longer straw stalactites exist, but they’re very difficult to gain access to. They’re very delicate, narrow and hollow, and the jewel in Jewel Cave is a staggering 5.4m long.

As well as being one of the largest show caves in Australia, Jewel is also one of the world’s youngest. Its main chamber is 90m long and 30m high and guided tours take you through the exceptional forms and beautiful chambers of its uniquely formed soft Tamala limestone.

Pure cave heaven, an ancient Tasmanian Tiger fossil was also discovered here.

Where // Ten minutes drive north of Augusta along Caves Road in southwest WA. Call CaveWorks on (08) 9757 7411, www.margaretriverwa.com

Did you know? // Jewel Cave was found in 1957 by Augusta local Cliff Spackman and four friends out exploring. It was officially opened to the public in May 1960, and Cliff served as Chief Guide for the next 23 years.

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