Marakoopa Cave

Marakoopa Cave, Mole Creek: Hours, Address, Marakoopa Cave Reviews: 4.5/5

Marakoopa Cave
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Dingo_dude
Fremantle, Australia1,747 contributions
Go for the glow worms
Apr 2021 • Couples
Having done a number of similar cave tours in the southwest of Western Australia I was intrigued with seeing glow worms for the first time. Conscious of COVID19 restrictions we booked ahead for the Underground Rivers and Glow Worms Tour of Marakoopa Cave.
We arrived early and picked up our tickets at the visitor centre before driving to the entrance rather than taking the 10min walk.
Our guide, Angela, was happy to have a chat before the rest of the group arrived. The cave system is relatively small but full of beautiful formations, shawls, curtains, stalagmites, stalactites, flow stones and straws. The best was saved until the end and that was the glow worms - they put on an amazing display.
Written 12 April 2021
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suem030
Newcastle, Australia386 contributions
Fabulous
Mar 2021
A most amazing tour through. a fascinating cave system. A most interesting and informative guide made a great difference too.
Highly recommended.
Written 10 April 2021
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PinkMac68
Penguin, Australia40 contributions
Waste of a Drive
Apr 2021 • Solo
Don’t bother with the drive to get there. Very disappointed. Visit the caves at Gunns Plains instead it is well worth the tour.
Written 6 April 2021
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Kathy B
Melbourne, Australia84 contributions
Cave and glowworm experience
Mar 2021
Dave was a very knowledgeable guide and answered all questions. It was great to visit a wet cave, the reflections from the water were amazing. There were awesome formations and it was great to see and learn about the glow worms. Thanks for a great tour. I tried to book into the King Soloman caves but it wasn't available in the morning - I will definitely do this cave when I am next in the area. I hope that for both the tourists and the caves that the restricted numbers are lifted soon as so many people are missing out on this amazing cave and they need the funds to help with maintenance.
Don't forget to pre book
Written 1 April 2021
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Renee030
Mildura, Australia105 contributions
Stunning Cave and Tour
Mar 2021 • Friends
Sue was a fantastic guide for our tour, her knowledge was invaluable. We had an amazing experience in the cave, the glow worms were awesome and we even got to see a Tasmanian Cave Spider! This tour is an absolute must.
Written 24 March 2021
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Georgie
54 contributions
Highly recommended
Mar 2021 • Couples
Went on the Great Cathedral and Glow worms tour. Definitely worth the $19pp - which likely goes towards the upkeep of the cave access and preservation efforts.

Our guide was delightful, warm and welcoming, and most importantly, knowledgeable about the geology and biology in and around the cave. The tour felt safe and well organised. The cave itself is obviously a wonder to behold, especially the cathedral, as well as the glow worms.

The fern glade walk was beautiful. It was a 10 minute semi-steep walk through the undergrowth of the forest from the visitor centre to the Marakoopa Cave entrance. Alternatively, you can just drive from the visitor centre to the cave entrance carpark.

At this current time, pre-booking of the tour was essential due to COVID restrictions on numbers per tour. We didn’t know this so turned up on the day only to find almost all the Marakoopa and King Solomon Cave tours were fully booked except for one later in the day, which we were blessed to get into.
Written 21 March 2021
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C...
Bendigo, Australia24,161 contributions
Bioluminescence
Feb 2021
There is something in the human psyche that impels us to explore places… Caves are no exception. Even with the predicted 9 degrees that will greet you… which incidentally I found comfortable. It never hurts that you are on an adventure ducking, weaving and climbing stairs.  

I arrived at the office earlier in the day to find that I should have booked to go to these caves. The lady in the office was incredible and suggested I book for the 2pm tour- I agreed because I knew there was a hike nearby that I wanted to do.  

Returning at 13:45 I used the toilet facilities and headed to the second carpark… eager to see what awaited. As always, I got chatting to the others waiting to do the tour before our guide, Jarrett arrived to take us on our magic carpet ride. Jarrett was charming, he was clearly passionate about the adventure he is about to take you on.  

So we toured and learned about the chambers, crystals, coluaqamns, stalactites & ‘mites’, environmental concerns. Jarrett met the challenge of our questions- he left us in the dark ( that makes you tingle) and … we were really fortunate… a gent bought his didgeridoo along to play for us… Jarrett showed us yet another skill and played his harmonica.  

Jarret left the pièce de résistance until last returning us to a chamber to teach us about the romance of glow worms. These creatures produce long, sticky threads to catch passing invertebrates- which sounds like some weird plot for a porn movie. Their series of mucus threads capture their food which allows them to feast.  

The life-cycle of this creature is interesting… in the larvae stage they are the size of a small fly and this stage lasts up to a year. Later as adults they do not have working mouths- so they are no longer able to feed. The females usually last for two days (probably because females clearly need to talk more – Kidding!!) and the male of the species can last up to five.  

That’s quite sexy really… a man who can’t talk. Mmm mmm. But let’s talk about sex for a moment. The female uses her glowing organs to attract a male, after reproducing she dies shortly after. The hatchlings remain larvae for a few seasons.  

… anyway, if you want to learn about these fascinating creatures- head to the caves, do a tour, ask questions…but whatever you do… put this on your list as a “Must Do” experience.
Written 18 February 2021
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Colmich
Warners Bay, Australia390 contributions
Beautiful cave
Jan 2021 • Friends
Got to see lots of beautiful limestone structures and glowsorms at the end.
You can only take photos in certain areas and it's cold in the cave about 8 degrees.
Can be a bit tight to get around but not overly hard.
Written 15 January 2021
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Belinda E
Brisbane, Australia266 contributions
Fabulous. Absolute must do!! Dress warmly.
Dec 2020
Absolute must do! Can't recommend this tour highly enough.

We loved our tour of the Marakoopa Cave so much that we promptly turned around and booked the afternoon tour of the King Solomon Cave as well. We loved both and the family was divided as to which they liked more but I think for myself it was still Marakoopa.

Great tour guides, very professional setup. Absolutely stunning.

The pricing is really reasonable for what is on offer. Make sure you dress warmly as it's always cold in the caves. Great wet weather activity.
Written 16 December 2020
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Emily W
Tamworth, Australia174 contributions
Excellent
Jun 2020 • Family
Marookoopa cave is a must- part of the mole creek cave adventure. Excellent activity on a rainy day. Lovely sights underground. Easy walking. Great glow worms
Written 9 July 2020
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