Photographer's Note

Since they have banned tripods in the caves, I had to rest against a railing to get this shot and could not go for a longer time frame - worked out OK, but others didn't.

The Jewel Cave is Western Australia’s largest show cave and is home to one of the longest straw stalactites found in any tourist cave in the world. The caverns of Jewel Cave sink to a depth of 42 metres and stretch 1.9 kilometres long. Your guide will take you on an incredible and informative journey following 700 meters of walkways and stairs through several large caverns. Inside the cave you will be bewildered by the colossal formations. The first descent takes you down a long, narrow tunnel which opens into a giant cavern. Jewel Cave creates the sensation of being under the ocean without the water. It has a soft golden glow and the sheer magnitude of its structure dwarfs its visitors. Jewel Cave is home to many impressive formations.

Soon after entering the cave you will see it its most famous formation, the straw stalactite that hangs delicately 5.4 metres from the ceiling. Your imagination will come alive in this cave – try to spot the organ pipes, giant shawl, friendly ghost, Jedi and the jewellery box. Locals knew about the cave for many decades but it wasn’t properly explored until 1958 when two intrepid explorers, Lex Bastian and Lloyd Robinson, were brave enough to discover its depths. The following year, Jewel Cave was opened to the public and become an iconic tourism attraction. Jewel Cave has revealed many surprises over the years, including the remains of a Thylacine, which is now safely stored by the Western Australian Museum. You will find Jewel Cave on Caves Road, approximately 38 kilometres south of Margaret River and 12 kilometres north of Augusta.

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