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Mammoth Cave
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$148.60*
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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.
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyable visit to a natural wonder. This cave is huge and stunning! We enjoyed the self-guided tour with headset and narrative commentary. This doesn't limit what time you visit at (eg. you don't have to wait for the next tour time). Each part of the cave has a number which you enter when you get there, to hear the relevant part of the commentary. The cave is simply beautiful.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

It's a cave.
A hole in the ground with rock formations.
That's about it.
Once you have been in one cave they are all much the same.

1  Thank Andy D
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YourMargaretRiver, Front Office Manager at Mammoth Cave, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2016

Dear Andy D ,

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback on your experiences at Mammoth Cave. We are sorry that you found the cave less than impressive.

You mentioned in your review that you thought the other caves would look the same as Mammoth Cave. It is sometimes true in other parts of the world that caves in the same area all look the same, but with our caves in the Margaret River region it's quite the opposite.

Jewel Cave is the largest show cave in Western Australia - big enough to fit the giant Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in fact, if we could lift it! Jewel Cave also has thousands of very delicate calcium carbonate (calcite) crystal formations, some of which go sideways and upwards against gravity. Guests walk through a number of different caverns, right up close to massive wonders of nature that have taken up to a million years to grow.

Lake Cave has a stunning 70 metre-long permanent body of water in the base of the cave. which creates magical reflections of thousands of delicate dripping crystal formations. This water provides a home to a dozen different species of tiny cave creatures, some of which have adapted to the darkness and no longer have eyes. The cave is set down inside a huge sunken forest with towering Karri trees growing from the base.

Mammoth Cave was formed by a surface stream that carved its way into a limestone hill, so the big difference here is that you can simply stroll straight into the first cavern without doing any stairs at all. In fact the first stairs in Mammoth Cave actually go up, into the hollowed out hill. Over the years, paleontologists have discovered the bones of 34 different species of animal in Mammoth Cave, some of which belong to giant extinct animals, or megafauna. The bones in the cave and the information on your mp3 audio guide make the ancient past come alive, so you feel like you are right there amongst 2.5 metre kangaroos and wombats the size of small cars!

All in all, three very different caves. And we do a discounted price for a three cave ticket.

Once again, we're glad you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you again soon

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Even though i am a MTB, i managed to enjoy this cave without too much huffing and puffing :) My dear husband liked the self-guided narrative and we both loved the 170plus step ascent up from the cave to the top, a very nice experience all in although for A$22 per adult is not cheap.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The cave was very good and interesting, although it is always hard to compare when you have been to Jenolan Caves and seen the best. I would still recommend it though as worth doing.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Paid $22 per person, and having been to many caves in different parts of the world, I can tell you that this is definitely poor value for money. Don't bother, you will be far happier paying $22 for a bottle a wine instead.

2  Thank Maylene K
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MargaretRiverRegion, Front Office Manager at Mammoth Cave, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2015

Dear Maylene K,

Thanks for providing some valuable feedback on your journey through Mammoth Cave.

With regards to our ticket prices, we try to keep our prices as low as possible so that the caves are accessible to everyone for a reasonable fee. Unlike a lot of other caves around Australia, we don't operate with government subsidies. We are a non-profit membership-based tourism organisation and we depend on ticket income to maintain the cave infrastructure and the cave precincts. Our maintenance costs are pretty high, because we work hard to guarantee a safe and rewarding experience for people visiting a natural landscape with a variety of potential hazards.

All the best for your future travels, and thanks again for letting us know what you thought about your visit.

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