Naracoorte Caves National Park
Victoria Fossil Cave

The Naracoorte caves  were declared a World Heritage area in 1994. 

There are a number of tours to go on
in this National Park, we chose the Fossil Cave tour.  We were supposed to take around an hour but as we were a talkative bunch we were there a bit longer.  The cave has some nice Stalactites and Stalagmites displays but the real drawcard is the fossil area.  Our guide was very knowledgeable on fossils, as you would expect.  Even better he made fossils sound exciting.  Fossils are from Megafauna that have been extinct for over 60,000 Years.

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We parked the car and meet this life size Wombat
near the Park Booking Office.
Diprotodon optatum was the largest
species of diprotodontid. Approximately
three metres long, two metres high at the shoulder
 and weighing up to two tonnes,
it resembled a giant wombat. It is the largest
marsupial currently known.
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The actual cave is some distance from the Booking Office. 
We drove there and read a few of the interesting signs in
the small shelter where we would meet the guide.
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Down we went
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Generally the tour was quite reasonable and most people
could do it - a few stairs as you would expect and a gentle
slope up to the exit. Physically its only a few hundred meters
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There was a few interesting formations etc but its the
fossils that this tour is all about.
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Held held - Over 2 seconds - Flash or better is a a tripod.
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Starting a Stalactite
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Might be better in a couple of thousand years.
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It was holes like this that unsuspecting animal fell down
long ago to perish and form fossils.  This however is a man made
access hole which years ago allowed workers to create
the concrete floors and walkways. 
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Our guide (in green)
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Areas were there is a build-up of brown soil is
indicative of a access point to the cave and fossils
might lie.  This hole was closed naturally eons ago
by the formation of a stalactite.
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Fossil digs have been going on for 40 years
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This is the main fossil area with a special viewing area.
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Lots of bones still there to see.
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Thylacoleo carnifex, (the Marsupial Lion), was the size of
a leopard, and had a cat-like skull with large slicing
pre-molars.   It had a retractable thumb-claw
 and massive forelimbs.  It was almost certainly
carnivorous and a tree-dweller (ref Wikiedia)
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A Kangaroo - different from those of today.
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This was a great tour - recommended for all.