- Self-guided audio tour of Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave Self-Guided Audio Tour
Explore Mammoth Cave at your own pace with this self-guided audio tour. Mammoth Cave is like a natural time capsule that's home to ancient fossil remains of long-extinct giant animals.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Mammoth Cave is the most easily accessed of all the show caves in the region, with the first chamber accessible by wheelchair. It is a self-guided cave, where you explore on your own while listening to an informative 'audio tour' through the MP3 player and headset provided. You are free to wander at your own pace along the boardwalks and platforms, through the majestic chambers of the cave.
The site of one of Australia's most important paleontological digs in the early 1900s, the cave still contains the fossilized jawbone of a long-extinct giant marsupial species, embedded within the limestone wall — 50,000 years after the animal roamed the forests above.
Entering the cave through bushland via a gently sloping boardwalk, you'll realise just how much there is to see here. Over 10,000 fossils had at one time accumulated inside the cave; upon excavating many of these were found to be remains of Australian Megafauna (giant animals) that became extinct around 46,000 years ago.
A visit to Mammoth Cave finishes with a winding walk through the beautiful marri forest, with whistling birds and stunning flora displays. Mammoth Cave is much more than a cave – it is a complete nature experience.
Where we visit:
- Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave Self-Guided Audio Tour
|11:00AM - 12:00PM|
Monday, 29-04-2016 11:00 AM - 12:00PM
How many participants are there?
How many steps are there in the caves?
The Mammoth Cave has a long boardwalk entrance from the valley on the eastern side of the cave. This provides universal access into the first chamber of the cave (no prams); it’s the only wheelchair accessible cave in the region. After the first chamber, there are about 370 steps staged throughout the remainder of the cave, and a climb of 170 steps to exit up through the ridge on the western side of the cave. At each cave, the steps are staged, with sections of boardwalk between them, and rest-stops at platforms along the way.
Can we take photos?
Yes, photography is encouraged from the viewing platforms, but for safety reasons is not recommended when walking on the stairs. You can use a flash, but most people find that they get better photos without it.
Can I take a tripod?
Tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed in the cave to ensure the safety of all visitors and the preservation of the delicate cave decorations and adhere to timing constraints.
Is it cold in the cave?
At Mammoth Cave, there can be quite a difference in the cave temperature throughout the year, from around 15°C in summer down to a cool 6°C in winter.
Are the sites still open in wet weather?
Yes, all the caves are open, even if the weather is very wet.
What do I need to bring?
Since there are quite a few steps involved in most of the tours, comfortable enclosed shoes are recommended, however, you can still do the tours in thongs/flip flops/jandals if you feel you can.
The caves are fragile environments, and we try to minimise our impact on these irreplaceable natural attractions as much as possible; for this reason, we ask visitors not to bring too much into the cave with them (remember also you will have to carry it while climbing!)
Bring a camera and water if you need it; but no other drinks, and no food. Depending on the weather; sunscreen, a hat and/or wet weather gear may be required.
Will I get claustrophobic?
As you walk through the caves, there will be places where you are required to bend down a little or turn to the side slightly to avoid bumping your head or shoulder, but most of the caverns are quite open. If in doubt, the best cave to visit is Mammoth Cave, with its huge open caverns and easy entrance, it tends to allay most people’s phobias.
Is there any lighting in the cave? Do I need a torch?
There is excellent lighting throughout the caves, and on guided tours, the guide will operate these as you move through the cave and use a torch to highlight points of interest.
- Tickets purchased are valid for the day of purchase only
- Visitors are required to report to the ticket counter a minimum of 10 minutes prior to tour departure time
- Visitors participate in the cave tour activity at their own risk
- All children aged 4-16 years must be accompanied by an adult
- A full refund will be provided for cancellations received by close of business (5.00 pm WST) on the day prior to the tour booking
- Cancellations later than close of business (5.00 pm WST) on the day prior to the booking, will be charged the full cost of the booked tour
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