Princess Margaret Rose Cave Project

Project status

Princess Margaret Rose Cave is currently closed to the public. Essential safety works including new cave lighting, painting the visitor centre and electrical systems are complete. The wastewater treatment system design is also nearing completion. Last updated: June 2024

  

The project

The Princess Margaret Rose Cave is a well-known limestone cave, next to the Glenelg River and located in the Lower Glenelg National Park on Traditional Country of the Gunditjmara people. The Princess Margaret Rose Cave area is a popular visitor site and includes a visitor centre, bookable campground, picnic area and access to walking and fishing opportunities. The site is currently closed to the public due to safety risks.  

As part of the Victoria's Great Outdoors program (VGO), the Princess Margaret Cave and visitor facilities are being redeveloped and upgraded. These upgrades, including essential safety works, will allow the site to be reopened to the public.

Essential safety works including new cave lighting, painting the visitor centre and electrical systems have been completed. Work is continuing to upgrade toilets and the wastewater system.

Signage and visitor information to help people learn about the cultural importance of the site, including the caves, will also be improved.

Three people inside a cave looking at dramatic cave formations

 

Project benefits

Visitors

Essential safety works will see the reopening of the cave and provide a quality and contemporary visitor experience with improved safety, facilities and lighting.

Economy

Upgrades to the Princess Margaret Rose Cave will provide economic opportunities and benefits for tourism operators and surrounding towns.


Project funding

Upgrades are part of a $2,135,000 investment into the region through the Victoria’s Great Outdoors program.

 

Project timeline

Like many construction projects across the country, Victoria’s Great Outdoors projects have been impacted by rising costs, supply chain disruptions and other post-pandemic infrastructure challenges. More information on the timeline for completion will be provided as the project progresses.


Environment and cultural heritage management

We are undertaking environmental and cultural heritage assessments on the site to enable further upgrade works onsite, including upgraded toilet facilities. These assessment works are complex and take time. The end result will be a much-improved experience for this key visitor attraction for south-western Victoria and for south-eastern South Australia.

Putting safety first

Visitor safety is our number one priority when considering risk in parks. 

While nature will always be unpredictable, our projects and maintenance works help minimise risks and help people explore the great outdoors safely.

Parks Victoria is responsible for continuously managing and maintaining over 50,000 pieces of infrastructure across the state annually. 

We’re also delivering new projects to help visitors get into nature. These are thoroughly planned and prepared to keep people and projects separate – and safe. When visiting a park where projects are happening, especially during construction, it’s important that people follow the direction of signs, stay out of fenced and restricted areas, and listen to Parks Victoria staff and work crews.

 

Who are we working with?


Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation, and local councils including Glenelg Shire.

 

Access changes

Princess Margaret Rose Cave and Princess Margaret Rose Cave campground will be closed until further notice to accommodate infrastructure repair works. This includes access via vehicle or boat on the Glenelg River. Camping is not permitted on the site or in the picnic area.


FAQs

How will the site be managed when it reopens? 

Parks Victoria is looking for a tour provider at the Princess Margaret Rose Cave. This is a rare opportunity to secure a lease in a National Park and showcase one of Victoria’s most decorated limestone caves to domestic and international visitors. A preferred proponent has been identified through the Expression of Interest process and lease negotiations are underway. We will keep this page and the community updated as works progress.

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