It is said that there are around 350 caves hidden underneath the area of Margaret River.
If you are willing and fit, you can descend the 350 steps down to the cavern entrance to a not so hidden limestone cave: Lake Cave. Before entering, look up and admire the seemingly never-ending karri trees. As you enter, watch out for Headache rock and splitting headache rock.
Lake Cave is the deepest tourist cave in the South-West of Australia with a depth of 62 metres; its chamber is only 82 metres long but what it lacks in size it makes up in beauty. Lake Cave is renowned for the Suspended Table: an almost 5 ton column of calcite that hangs from the ceiling “suspended” above the crystal clear lake. The water dissolved the sand bank underneath the structure leaving it as a wonder to all who visit.
Whilst the existence of the cave was known to Australian indigenous, in 1867 it was found by accident by an European sixteen year old while out searching for lost cattle. The woman reported the discovery to her family but it took them 30 years to re-discover the entrance. One of these early explorers searched through the dark using nothing but a candle and later became one of the first guides.
Lake Cave was opened to the public in 1901 and from its beginnings work was done to allow visitors whilst preserving the cave. The cave at this time was called “Queen of the Earth”.