by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
May 9, 2006
As with everything else in Margaret River, there are no shortages of caves to choose from in the area. Each of the caves is known for it's particular wonder (Mammoth cave it it's size, etc.) and Lake Cave is known for it's beauty. When they tell you it's a small cave, they aren't joking; but it is a stunning sight, and different from some of the bigger caves I have been in (such as Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico). This is a really great little cave to see, not least of all because it's a fantastic experience, great for photo opportunities as well as getting a feel for the local caving scene, with out taking up a lot of time. As I've mentioned before, there is a lot to do in Margaret River, and Lake Cave is an excellent way to spend an afternoon once you've had your fill of wines and cheese. It's a short drive south from the town centre, and very well marked, as most things in the area are, so it's very easy to find. The drive in is a beautifully forested area, the puts you in the perfect mood to do a bit of exploring. The ticket prices are reasonable, A$16 for a guided tour that ran every hour on the half hour from 9:30am to 3:30pm daily.
It's a beautiful setting and the most walking you will do on this excursion is getting to and from the cave. There's a steep set of stairs leading down to the cave, but it's a miraculous view and makes for some great photos. The tour guide was excellent—friendly and very informative. The whole experience was very relaxed and informal (very Australian, another words...) and very enjoyable. The formations once inside the cave are breathtaking. All the formations are tiny and bright white, and so with the lighting on them it makes for an incredible sight. It is a very short cave, once inside it you could walk to the back in about 5 minutes. But it is very different from any other cave I've been in, and really worth a look.
From journal From Wine to Kangaroos, Get Lost in Margaret River