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

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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

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The cost of the semi-guided tour is $22.50 per adult and $12.50 for children aged 4 to 16. Under 4’s are free of charge.

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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

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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

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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.

Accommodation

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A look inside stunning Ngilgi Cave

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Travel Information & Guides

This Australia Travel Guide, which includes all essential information and tips, will help with the planning of your holiday to this beautiful country.

For more things to do in Western Australia, check out this Western Australia Travel Guide.


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30 Comments

  1. You know my Australia travel list is growing really big! My next visit may be very long. I love the look of the Ngilgi Caves. Especially love that view with colours! I like the idea of semi-guided tours. You get some information but get to spend time on your own. Always a great idea for a photographer! And I would not need to be a kid to stop at the Simmo’s Ice Creamery!

    1. Thank you Linda. Simmo’s ice cream is seriously good and it takes me forever to make up my mind what flavours I want. The caves are stunning and I like being able to go round in my own time too.

  2. Vanessa Shields says:

    What a cool cave system! It looks a lot like a cave system I visited in China. They also had colorful lights to illuminate which is neat. I love seeing unusual sights like this!

    1. I always find caves interesting

  3. I would love to visit…such cool lighting and so pretty. And I’d want to go down that slide also!

    1. We’re just big kids 🙂

  4. This looks so beautiful, especially in the way it has been illuminated. I find caves fascinating so would love to visit this one, but I am always a bit nervous in case the lights go off and we are stuck in absolute darkness. Must admit, I am quite surprised that visitors are allowed to explore by themselves. So where is the pic of you on the slide? Share!

    1. haha luckily there isn’t any evidence of that 🙂

  5. What a very interesting attraction! “Great Spirit of the Ocean” sounds like a bedtime story I’d enjoy when I was young! I always enjoy local mythology. Thanks for sharing this very detailed guide.

    1. Thank you for reading it, glad you enjoyed it.

  6. I love going to caves. This sounds similar to one of the ones we went to in Pennsylvania growing up. You should check out Mammoth Caves if you ever go to the US. We took a several hour long walking tour a few years ago there.

    1. I’ve heard of Mammoth Caves, they’d definitely be on my list to see.

  7. I love a good cave and this one looks worth checking out if you are in the area.

  8. The cave looks absolutely stunning, I would love to visit here. Especially because it has links to mythology! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. I’m sure you’d enjoy it.

  9. I’ve been to a similar cave in Greece, but it was much deeper. I’ve never heard of Ngilgi Cave, but your post has put it on my radar 🙂

  10. Interesting introduction to the Ngilgi Caves! Caves are always a good place to beat the heat honestly. 🙂 I love how fossils of Tasmanian tigers were discovered down there. How fascinating! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. It’s pretty cool, isn’t it 🙂

  11. Wow this looks so unique! I love caves, I remember visiting one in Kentucky when I was a kid. They are always so fascinating and filled with natural beauty. Also eerily silent as well. Putting this one on our Australia list 🙂

    1. I find the natural beauty astonishing.

  12. Haven’t heard of this before but it sounds amazing. I think my grandson would love it – especially the slide 🙂

    1. It was fun! Very interesting tour too.

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