Ngilgi Cave is one of the most popular attractions in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. But is it worth going to?
Location of Ngilgi Cave
Ngilgi Cave is at 76 Yallingup Caves Road, close to Yallingup in the south west.
It is just off Caves Road between Dunsborough and Yallingup.
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The History of Ngilgi Cave
Ngilgi Cave (pronounced “Neel-gee”) was discovered in 1899 by Edward Dawson who also became the first tour guide. Many stories exist as to how he stumbled across it but it is thought that he was looking for stray horses.
The Karst cave system dates back half a million years and fossils of the Tasmanian Tiger have been found here.
It was originally named Yallingup Cave but was changed to Ngilgi Cave to acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal mythology.
Ngilgi, the Great Spirit of the Ocean, is part of the bedtime story of the local Wardandi people. They are now the custodians of the caves within the area.
Cost of Ngilgi Cave Tour
Opening Times of Ngilgi Cave
Tours are run daily except for Christmas Day.
The first one is at 9 am and they then run every half hour, with the last one at 4 pm
When to Visit Ngilgi Cave
The temperature inside the cave is a constant 20 Degrees throughout the year which makes it the ideal place to visit at any time.
Ngilgi Cave Tour Review
There are many tours on offer but we decided on the semi-guided tour.
The tour starts with a guide explaining about the geology of the cave as well as the Aboriginal history and beliefs.
You are then left to your own devices to explore the cave at your leisure. A tour guide is there for any questions you may have.
We found it easy to navigate and not cramped like some caves. You do need to be mindful of the height though. There are quite a few stairs to negotiate but you don’t have to go down them all in one go.
Boardwalks take you through the cave where lights illuminate the various formations. There are stunning examples of stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, and beautiful crystals and shawls.
There’s a part where children can climb through a tunnel and then down a slide. Our girls loved this! I may have also had a go but ssshhhh!!
The Touch Table was a big hit with them too as they were able to touch the crystals. A guide was there to explain all about the crystals and answer any other questions we had.
The tour lasts about an hour and we found that enough time to see everything and take photos (no tripods or selfie sticks allowed though).
I felt the Ngilgi Cave tour was good value and worth doing. There are other caves in the area but this one is our favourite.
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Other Things To Do
The Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory is another incredible attraction to visit while in this area.
If your kids need to run off some energy, stop at Simmo’s Ice Creamery for some ice cream and a play.
If it’s a drink and some lunch you’re after, head to Eagle Bay Brewery.
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