Princess Margaret Rose Caves, Mumbannar

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#49 of 252 in Nature in Victoria
The Princess Margaret Rose Cave is a limestone cave located in Lower Glenelg National Park in Victoria, Australia. The cave features actively growing stalactites, stalagmites and helictites. It is arguably the most decorated cave per square metre in Australia. It is named after Princess Margaret.The cave was discovered in 1936 by S. McEachern, J. "Bunny" Hutchesson and the latter's son Alan. They developed the cave as a tourist attraction, with Bunny Hutchesson acting as the first permanent guide, conducting tours from 1941. The cave has been part of Lower Glenelg National Park since 1980. Guided tours of the cave are conducted on most days, lasting about half an hour.The caves are formed in poorly consolidated Tertiary limestone laid down in a shallow sea in the Oligocene and early Miocene geological epochs, between about 35 and 15 million years ago.
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  • Fascinating to visit. Our tour guide Brendan was very interesting and gave us a great informative tour about the history of the cave and how it was formed. Can then do lovey walks around the area. Def...  more »
  • Brendan gave us a tour of the cave and was knowledgable and really made the experience all the better. The rock formations and details including history of how the cave was found and opened really dem...  more »
  • The grounds are well laid out and there are easy paths to the river jetty and the river lookout (10 minutes walk each). The grounds and kiosk have a “public service” feel of semi-neglect but are still...  more »
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  • It's good to have the informative guided tour to this cave. I've visited this cave three times over 7 years period. The access road to the cave enterance is much better now than it was 3 years ago. The cave is a nice attraction for kids as well as new comer adults to Australia. Although there are few more such caves in Victoria, inside the cave, it's much easier to walk with small kids. This time they say, a part of the cave is not open for public due to collapse of a wall. Earlier they used to show that area too.
  • Great place to visit if you in the area. Entry for an adult is $20(bit overpriced). There is coffee and everything at the shop. The staff is friendly and helpful. If you haven’t visited a cave before you are in for a treat. But I gotta add the cave is small, much smaller than the Buchan Caves on the other side of Victoria.
  • Caves over here were the smallest among the other ones. Very short walk. Bit overpriced. Tour guide Stephanie was nice and knowledgeable; whereas the site manager Julie was very rude even to the kids while we were waiting at the lounge to enter. We thought of never to go inside the caves and return back because of such disgusting attitude towards visitors.... as if we are entering with free tickets. I don't recommend if she's running the show.
  • Nice smaller sized cave but packed with features. Guide was great. Features well explained etc. Nice walks there also. Boat access too.
  • Well-kept, beautiful, quaint. Great staff. Affordable. But a bit hard to get to due to lack of signs.
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