Coastal Caves

There are many coastal caves  along the Victorian coastline. Some of these are bat roosting sites and as such are permit only. Some of the coastal caves do have significant dark zones and horizontal development, but the majority do not penetrate far. I have done very little coastal caving so if you have a specific interest in sea caves please email me directly, and I can pass you on to someone who knows more. Access can be very tricky (see our experience with Starlight Cave described below) and care needs to be taken if the cave is tidal. Quite a few sea caves also need SRT or a ladder if they are in-bedded in a cliff face.

Cavers gathering at the cliff top above Starlight Cave. The mission was to count bats in the cave but the weather was brutal, and abseiling down the exposed cliff was not an option. Photo by Topaz Aral

Cavers gathering at the cliff top above Starlight Cave. The mission was to count bats in the cave but the weather was brutal, and abseiling down the exposed cliff was not an option. Photo by Topaz Aral

After failing on the cliff, the cavers used a car as an anchor and attempted to descend another entrance, however it was highly unstable and needed technical rigging which we had neither the equipment or time to do. Good on Reto Zollinger for a brave attempt. Next time, i guess.

After failing on the cliff, the cavers used a car as an anchor and attempted to descend another entrance, however it was highly unstable and needed technical rigging which we had neither the equipment or time to do. Good on Reto Zollinger for a brave attempt. 

The photos above were from an attempted trip into Starlight Cave not far from Portland on Private Property. The wind was gale force so abseiling down the cliff down to the main entrance was impossible. There is also a vertical entrance 100m or so back from the cliff but when the first caver descended it was found to be very unstable and full of rub points, and we didn’t have enough gear or time to rig it technically, so the trip was postponed.

The most noteworthy coastal caves would probably be:

Angel Cave (Cape Schanck)

Buckey’s Cave (Point Lonsdale)

Cumberland River Cave (Otway Coast)

Swallow Cave (Otway Coast)

Tom Pearce’s Cave (Loch Ard Gorge)

Miss Carmichael’s Cave (Loch Ard Gorge).
Other areas that have sea caves include:

  • Princetown to Childers Cove
  • The Grotto, London Bridge, Marble Arch, Two Mile Bay, Goudies Lookout, Bakers Oven Rock, The Blowhole, Loch Ard Gorge, Bay of Islands, Twelve Apostles
  • Childers Cove to Warrnambool
  • Warrnambool to Port Fairy
  • Port Fairy to Portland

Portland to Glenelg River Mouth