naracoorte world heritage
Mega important info
Shake off the lazy bones, put on your sneakers and celebrate the fossils at the Mega Fest – Naracoorte World Heritage Festival and Run. The Naracoorte Caves will come alive on Sunday 24 November 2019 to celebrate the discovery of one of the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites and twenty five since the fossils at the Naracoorte Caves were recognised on the World stage when the Naracoorte Caves were inscribed on the World Heritage list.
89 Wonambi Road, Naracoorte SA
BIG FUN 10am — 4pm
The festival is free to enter.
In 2019 the Naracoorte Caves celebrates 50 years since the discovery of one of the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites and 25 years since the Caves was inscribed on the World Heritage list.
To celebrate these anniversaries the Naracoorte World Heritage Festival is being held on Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Naracoorte Caves and will feature cultural and social activities that leverage the World Heritage and scientific values of the Caves.
All DAY FUN - 10.00am to 4.00pm
Find out about the latest fossil and caves research.
Fossil Hunters Discovery Trail
Discover the Wonambi Fossil Centre, uncover a fossil in the Fossil Hunters Playground, visit the Bat Observation Centre and Fossil Laboratory – you never know what else you’ll discover on the trail. Finish at the Caves Cafe with a bat biscuit. All for $10 from the Wonambi Fossil Centre.
Special Cave Tours
Contact the Wonambi Fossil Centre for tour times and cost on 08 8760 1210.
Meet a palaeontologist
University of Adelaide Palaeontologists fun filled activities including fossil displays and demonstrations at the Fossil Lab and fossil dig sand pit.
Locally produced wine available to taste or purchase a glass to enjoy with lunch or while listening to the live music.
Mega Face painting
Look like a Zygomaturus, Wonambi, Thylacoleo or Diprotodon.
Naracoorte National Trust pop up display
Take a step back in time – view photos and tourist information from the past. Bring along any historical items you have that relate to the Caves.
Red Tailed Black Cockatoo
The Naracoorte Caves provides important habitat for the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo – find out more about these magnificent birds.
Naracoorte Caves Walking Trails
Explore the above-ground world and learn more about the World Heritage features of the park on the Roof Top Loop Walk or the World Heritage and Stoney Point Hikes.
Food and market stalls
A free bus will be running between the Naracoorte Town Square and Naracoorte Caves.
Leaving Naracoorte at 6.30am, 7.30am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Leaving the Caves at 7am, 9.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.15pm
BIG FUN at the Mega Stage
10.10 am – Welcome to Country and official opening
10.30am – Trail Run Presentations
2.00 pm to 3.00 pm – Matt James – Australian Country Music
3.00 pm to 4.00 pm – Alex Keser Quartet
BIG STORIES – Blanche Cave
10.40am and 11.30am – Professor Flint, the Singing Palaeontologist performs “Dancing with Diprotodons”
A journey of discovery to the place Prof Flint first experienced these amazing animals that once dwelt in and around Naracoorte.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book and pay at the Wonambi Fossil Centre, 08 8760 1210.
12.30pm – Naracoorte Singers
perform “This is Naracoorte… This is who we are”
12.45pm – Naracoorte Caves Music Ensemble
premieres Ivan Skawronski’s composition “Adventure To The Limestone Caves”
1.45pm – “A trip back in time” – fossils and cave exploring with Professor Rod Wells and Grant Gartrell
the men responsible for finding the immense amount of megafauna remains in the Victoria Fossil Cave 50 years.
3.15pm – Picnic Ground to World Heritage
– a special tour with vertebrate palaeontologist Dr Liz Reed.
Book and pay at the Wonambi Fossil Centre, 08 8760 1210
Trail Run — 7.00am to 12 noon (cut off)
7.30am Mega Fauna Run – 22km
8.00am Stoney Point Run – 14km
8.30am The Dippy Run – 5km
10.00am Fossil Dash – 1km
Caves and music will collide when the Naracoorte Caves Music Ensemble premieres Ivan Skawronski’s composition “Adventure To The Limestone Caves” in the Blanche Cave at the Naracoorte