Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park

Where is it?: Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park is about 7km south-east of Tantanoola and 30km north-west of Mt Gambier on the Princess Highway.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water.

Property summary: Total area 14 hectares. Hundred of Hindmarsh – Section 2131.

Landscape Management Region: Limestone Coast

History: Tantanoola Caves was proclaimed as a National Pleasure Resort on 13 November 19302. On 27 April 1972 it was proclaimed as Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park3.

Habitat: The vegetation of the park is highly disturbed as a result of the long history of agriculture, mining/quarrying and tourism in the district. Very little original vegetation remains on the park,4</sup).

Total Species Recorded to Date: 24 (non-passerines 5, passerines 19)

Common Species: Superb Fairywren, Crimson Rosella, White-browed Scrubwren, Grey Shrikethrush.

Less Common Species: Red-browed Finch, Brown Thornbill, Little Wattlebird

 1 Department for Environment and Water (2019). Protected Areas Information System Property Summary Report (15 March 2019). Adelaide, South Australia. p. 87.  

 2  Government of South Australia (1930). Reserve for Pleasure Resort. South Australian Government Gazette 2.22:986. (13 November 1930).  

 3  National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (SA). sch 4. p. 4.  

 4  Department for Environment and Heritage (2008). Management Plan Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park. 

Updated: 9/09/2021

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