A brand new interactive tourist attraction has been unveiled at Yallingup’s Ngilgi Cave, exploring the region’s 600-million-years of history and culture.
Filled with stalactites and crystals, the breathtaking limestone cave has captivated visitors for generations – in fact, it’s WA’s first ever tourist attraction, open to the public since 1900.
The latest $3.6 million installation, Ancient Lands, has been designed and created by a team of local contractors, artists, storytellers and Wadandi cultural custodians, alongside local not-for-profit custodian of the cave, Capes Foundation.
Located above ground at the cave’s entry, explore a scenic pathway that winds its way through native bushland before discovering a series of educational and interactive installations that will show you how caves and stalactites are formed, understand the six Wadandi seasons or visit the purpose-built Meeting Place for an immersive cultural experience with traditional custodians Koomal Dreaming.
“This far South West corner of Australia has an immensely significant history, culture and natural environment,” explained Capes Foundation Director, Steve Harrison.
“In geological terms, it is understood to be an island within an island, which offered a refuge for life to thrive during the ravages of the ice age. It is home to the Wadandi people, who have cared for this part of the world for over 60,000 years. We feel incredibly fortunate to call this place home, and through this project we wanted to pay homage to all that makes it special.”
“It’s been an incredible journey from humble beginnings, working with inspiring people in tourism,” added Wadandi Cultural Custodian and Koomal Dreaming owner, Josh Whiteland.
“Great work from a dedicated positive team truly shines bright. The opportunity to create something this special is more than just another tour location. Incorporating local stories, art and history allowing visitors to connect with country and culture. Such an amazing way to create awareness and respect for this beautiful place we call home.”