Naracoorte Caves National Park, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 4888

Naracoorte dates from the 1840s, but its growth has been slow. In the 1850s it was a stopover for Victorian gold escorts and miners. Since then it has developed a rich agricultural industry. Today it is renowned for its natural attractions, including the parks and gardens but more significantly the Naracoorte Caves, which are in a national park protected within South Australia's only World Heritage–listed site.

Visitor Information

36 MacDonnell St; (08) 8762 1399 or 1800 244 421

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In Town

The Sheep's Back: a comprehensive museum in the former flour mill (1870) details the history and community of the wool industry, with a craft and souvenir shop and information centre; MacDonnell St; (08) 8762 1518.

Art Gallery: local and touring exhibitions; open Tues–Fri; Ormerod St; (08) 8762 3390.

Mini Jumbuk Centre: display gallery and sales of woollen products; Smith St; (08) 87623677.

Pioneer Park: restored locomotive on display; MacDonnell St.

Walking trail: starts at the town centre and winds 5 km along the Naracoorte Creek.


Naracoorte Caves National Park For thousands of years the 26 Naracoorte Caves – today protected by national park and World Heritage listing – have acted as a natural trap for animals, providing an environment that was just right for fossilisation. Twenty fossil deposits have been found throughout the 600ha park – an incredible record of Australia's evolution over the last 500 000 years. Guided walking tours take in the chambers, extensive stalagmite and stalactite deposits and fossil collections. The Victoria Fossil Cave Tour is an introduction to the ancient animal history of Australia, while the natural delights of the caves, including helictites and fabulous domed ceilings, are accessed on the 30 min Alexandra Cave Tour. The world of bats is celebrated on the Bat Tour, the highlight being unhindered views of the bats' activity from infra-red cameras. Adventure caving allows visitors to see the caves in their raw state, while also providing an opportunity for exciting squeezes and crawls through some very tight spaces. For caving beginners, try the Blackberry and Stick-Tomato tours. For the more experienced cavers, enjoy the crawls and sights on the Starburst Chamber Tour. The Fox Cave Tour is the ultimate caving experience, with access to the cave system by a small entrance, leading to great fossil collections, vast speleothem development and incredible scenery. You can get details on these tours from Wonambi Fossil Centre, located within the park; (08) 8762 2340; 12 km SE.

Wrattonbully wine region: a recently established wine region focusing mainly on red wine varieties; 15 km SE.

Bool Lagoon Game Reserve: wetland area of international significance, a haven for ibis and over 100 waterbird species. It includes boardwalks and a bird hide; 17 km S.

Frances: a historic railway town that holds the Frances Folk Gathering each Mar; 38 km NE.

Lucindale: a small country town featuring a Historical Society Museum and Jubilee Park with a lake, island and bird haven. It holds mammoth South East Field Days each Mar; 41 km W.

Padthaway: prominent wine region; 47 km NW; see Bordertown.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Little Desert National Park 85 km

This park contains one-fifth of all flowering plant species in Victoria. The elusive mallee fowl and rare scrub robin live amid the 600 kilometres of tracks that go out to remote sections of the park near the South... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Campsites around town

Naracoorte Caves Caravan Park 11 km

This fully equipped park with plenty of accommodation options, including extensive tent sites, is on Caves Rd, 14 km south of Naracoorte. Laundry facilities are available.... Find out more

Hacks Peninsula camping area 17 km

Signposted access to this camping area is 27 km south of Naracoorte via Bool Lagoon Rd. Lagoon water levels vary seasonally. There is a self-registration station for permits; gas/fuel stoves only.... Find out more

Big Heath camping area (bush camping) 23 km

Located 35 km south-west of Naracoorte via Bool Lagoon Rd, there are no marked tracks or campsites here. Details and permits are available from Parks SA Naracoorte.... Find out more

Fairview camping area (bush camping) 33 km

Remote wilderness camping for self-sufficient bushwalkers is situated 45 km north-west of Naracoorte, signposted from Wolumbool Rd. The Parks SA office at Naracoorte can provide further details and a permit.... Find out more

Padthaway camping area (bush camping) 45 km

Bush camping with no facilities and limited access is reached from the Padthaway–Bordertown Rd, 4 km north-east of Padthaway. Access is by 4WD or on foot. Drinking water, accommodation and campsites are available... Find out more

Lake Charlegrark Holiday Cottages and Caravan Park 49 km

Among the activities hosted at Lake Charlegrark are fishing, swimming and boating. Campsite availability is generally not an issue here, a major exception being in late Feb when a popular, long-running country music... Find out more

Edenhope Lakeside Tourist Park 50 km

Right in the middle of the small township of Edenhope is Lake Wallace, on the southern shore of which you’ll find a tourist park with shady campsites as well as on-site cabins and vans. When it has enough water,... Find out more

Baileys Rocks camping area 53 km

Baileys Rocks, in the Bogalara block of Dergholm State Park, are so-called for the ancient granite tors found here. Aside from ogling the impressive stonework, you can also follow the Rocky Creek walking track, which... Find out more

Jimmies Waterhole camping area 69 km

There is self-sufficient camping off the beaten track in the small settlement of Mundulla, just minutes from the busy Dukes Hwy. This site is beside Mundulla Swamp with access off Rowney Rd, 10 km west of Bordertown.... Find out more

Poocher Swamp camping area 73 km

On Cannawigara Rd, 9 km west of Bordertown, large river red gums and abundant birdlife feature. There are no facilities, so come prepared to be self-sufficient.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Bordertown Caravan Park 72 km

This is a very tidy park with good facilities, right in the heart of town. It is budget priced and easily accessible from the Western Highway.... Find out more

Kaniva Caravan Park 78 km

This is a budget-priced, council-owned caravan park with no full-time attendee. Take a site and the caretaker will call by. The park, with basic facilities and nice grassy sites, is situated next door to the town pool.... Find out more

Millicent Lakeside Caravan Park 79 km

This is a spacious, neat and tidy park with good basic facilities. A convenient, wellstocked shop is adjacent, at the town’s excellent swimming complex (an artificial lake). Bookings are required in peak periods,... Find out more

Beachport’s Southern Ocean Tourist Park 87 km

This large, spacious park in a popular resort town has very good amenities and sites are reasonably priced. It is situated in an area where fishing and recreational water activities are the main attractions. Bookings are... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Robe 88 km

This good quality park is an easy walk across the road from a popular beach, about 2 km from the centre of the coastal resort town. This is a great place to stay. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long... Find out more

Lakeside Tourist Park 89 km

This spacious lakeside park is located about 1 km from the centre of the popular coastal town of Robe. There is plenty of green grass and good facilities at a reasonable price. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more

Sea Vu Caravan Park 90 km

This park is a short walk to the beach and just 1 km from the centre of Robe. Areas of the park are elevated with views out to sea. Bookings are required at Christmas and Easter, when there is a minimum-stay period. Pets... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Beehive Cottage

A delightful stone abode that marries rustic moods with a full accompaniment of luxuries, this recently built two-bedroom cottage has a timeless country character and is presented with plush furnishings and tasteful... Find out more

Willowbrook Cottages

Relaxed country comfort is the theme in this century-old weatherboard cottage. Close to town, it has three bedrooms, full kitchen, bathroom and lounge with wood fire. There’s space here for a family but the... Find out more

Sherwood Cottages Country Retreat

Operated by the same owners as Beehive Cottage in the heart of town, this beautifully finished self-contained B&B cottage is located 4.5 kilometres from Naracoorte. The two-bedroom cottage has been recently built and... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Black Cockatoo Bush camping area 13 km

T/O at Naracoorte

Large campground in a natural bush setting 14km (partly unsealed) north-east of Naracoorte via Cadgee and Chapples rds. Some powered sites and other accommodation available.

Bool Lagoon camping area 17 km

T/O 18km S of Naracoorte (R) or 33km N of Penola (L)

At the lagoon 7km west of the highway.

Struan rest area 17 km

18km S of Naracoorte (L) or 33km N of Penola (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Morambro Creek rest area 25 km

83km S of Keith (L) or 25km N of Naracoorte (R)

Under shady trees at the junction with Bordertown Rd.

Father Woods rest area 28 km

31km S of Naracoorte (L) or 20km N of Penola (R)

Just off the road near several unique wood carvings.

Coonawarra rest area 36 km

38km S of Naracoorte (R) or 13km N of Penola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Padthaway park area 45 km

At Padthaway

Located on the south side of town via the service road.

Greenrise Lake park area 50 km

3km S of Penola (R) or 48km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Just off the highway on the shores of the (usually dry) lake.

Penola South rest area 58 km

12km S of Penola (R) or 39km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. 

Winavon rest area 59 km

48km S of Keith (R) or 60km N of Naracoorte (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Forestry Info rest area 62 km

16km S of Penola (L) or 35km N of Mt Gambier (R)

Just off the highway on the edge of a forest.

Clay Wells rest area 66 km

77km S of Kingston (R) or 28km N of Millicent (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Murrabinna rest area 69 km

11km E of Kingston (L) or 94km N of Millicent (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

South Australian Border rest area 71 km

18km E of Bordertown (R) or 25km W of Kaniva (L)

Just off the highway among trees at the state border.

Willalooka park area 72 km

At Willalooka

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the roadhouse.

Bordertown park area 72 km

At Bordertown

Off the highway on the main road through town at Tolmer Park.

Coorong rest area 86 km

120km S of Meningie (R) or 24km N of Kingston (L)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Casterton park area 91 km

At Casterton

Under shady trees on the eastern bank of the Glenelg River.

Camerons Reserve rest area 93 km

26km E of Kaniva (R) or 14km W of Nhill (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Taste the Limestone Coast: wine and gourmet food festival; Feb.

Naracoorte Horse Trials: May.


Meet: May.

Limestone Coast Children's Expo: Oct.

Naracoorte Show: Oct.

Christmas Pageant: Dec.

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