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“Impressive but expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave
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Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth
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Owner description: Mammoth is an impressive, gothic-like cave that could easily be described as the perfect home for a caveman. Tours are self-guided with an audio headset and begin via an elevated boardwalk through towering Karri forest. As you journey through the spectacular formations lookout for the carefully lit animal bones and fossils and listen to the stories about extinct animals. Wildflowers are abundant around the precinct from September to November. Located 22km south of Margaret River.
Perth, Australia
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Impressive but expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

The caves was impressive, however it was a little costly to get in for a self guided tour. It cost the same as the Lake Cave tour which was guided. It didn't make sense to me, but the cave was pretty.
Lots of steps to get out the cave so beware if you cannot physically do this.

Visited April 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Mammoth Cave, Margaret River”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is an enormous cave, and as others have said previously it is self guided so go at your own pace. There is access for disabled up to the first platform in the cave. The headphones could do with a bit of adjustment though, as mine kept slipping off my ears.
It was very interesting and main points of interest were well illuminated. The walkways were quite narrow, so if you were going slower than the people behind, or faster than the people in front it was a bit of a squeeze unless you made it to one of the wider platforms. Cool on a warm day, until you get to the exit, then those 160 - 170 steps will show you just how fit/unfit you are. Arriving at the top (eventually) and breathing like a broken winded horse, you venture down a pathway which takes you to the main road - then, if you have the energy after those steps, you cross the road rather speedily and find yourself with a choice of two paths - one of 700m through the forest path, and one of 200m through a shorter path back to the entrance. We chose the latter. Would I visit again - probably not as once seen I feel is sufficient.

Visited March 2013
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MargaretRiverRegion, Front Office Manager at Mammoth Cave, responded to this review, August 28, 2015
Dear Wetwang_lass,

Thanks for taking the time to review your visit. Feedback from all of our visitors is vitally important to us and we always want guest expectations to be met.

We're glad you enjoyed your visit. You mentioned that some of the walkways are a bit narrow. Wherever possible we have made the walkways wide enough for two people to pass each other relatively easily, but in other spots this has been harder to achieve, simply due to the nature of limestone caves. There are dozens of large stalagmites protruding from the floor in Mammoth Cave, and sometimes there isn't a lot of bedrock to work with when sinking uprights for walkways.

Our first priorities are visitor safety and cave conservation, and we try to have as little impact on the cave as possible so that it is preserved for future generations. We encourage guests to try to pass each other on the various large viewing platforms in the cave.

Well done taking on the stairs - we're proud of you! A good cardio-workout and some huffing and puffing is all part of the service we offer.

Thanks again for your feedback, and safe travels.
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Perth, Australia
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“A great cave”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to this huge cave and particularly liked the fact that you are self guided with personal headphones which means you can take it at your own pace. This was fine as there were very few visitors when we were there but I can see it would be a problem if it were crowded. The cave is quite awesome and one can only admire those who first explored and discovered it.

Be warned though there are lots of steps on the exit and I found this quite challenging as I do have mobility problems. I would add that the lady in the Tourist Information Centre recommended this cave for me as she said there were only 2 steps!!!! There are at least 200! Nevertheless I enjoyed my visit and the exercise was great!

Visited March 2013
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Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
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“Well worth the visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Amazing cave and love the way you can take your time and self guide. The head set information is brilliant too!

Visited February 2013
Thank Donna B
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Albany, Australia
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“Self guided tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

You are given an MP3 player which is your 'guide'. The cave is a huge cavern with a walk path. It is lit enough to see where you are going without taking away from the mystery of the cave. The entrance is not steep, but the exit is. Another 300 odd stairs. We had the cave to ourselves when we were there so it was quiet and quite eerie.

Visited March 2013
Thank Cheryl L
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