Princess Margaret Rose Caves, Mumbannar

#50 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.
Work out when and for how long to visit Princess Margaret Rose Caves and other Mumbannar attractions using our handy Mumbannar day trip planner.
Create an itinerary including Princess Margaret Rose Caves
Places to stay near Princess Margaret Rose Caves
Princess Margaret Rose Caves Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
87 reviews
  • We went there in the last weekend of the school holidays as a group of 43 (9 families) on a chartered cruise boat. The Glenelg River Cruise team arranged a separate boat exclusively for our group!!!!!...  more »
  • This attraction is again managed by Parks Victoria. The grounds are well maintained and the grassy surrounds are open to campers in the non fire-danger period. No camping in the warmer summer months. ...  more »
  • I wasn’t keen to visit, but my husband had chosen to......when you pull up in the car park it does look a little uninspiring and there is a mid sized hut (it didn’t help we visited in a day when they ...  more »
  • Nice smaller sized cave but packed with features. Guide was great. Features well explained etc. Nice walks there also. Boat access too.
  • Small but impressive cave with huge pillar formations. Well lit to highlight the complexity of features. Live tree roots visible within structures. Excellent commentary by the guide. Well worth the visit.
  • Great cave - our kids loved it. Brendan was our tour guide - very knowledgeable and very interesting tour. Highly recommended.
  • A relatively small cave but was worth the roughly 15klms drive into the National Park. Would be a great place to camp for a night. (no dogs) The cave is only a short walk away from the Glenelg river. Bit of a climb going back up to the cave. Tour guide was very informative and gave the group time accommodating the various ages and fitness of the group. Check the time difference, depending on which side of the border you are as we came from Mt. Gambier and forgot about this and had to wait for the next tour.
  • Fabulous cave stairs down to cave but large open areas in the cave. A spectacular sight.

Plan your trip to Mumbannar

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.