Field Trips

Information on field trips will be added to this page. Exact details are still being confirmed, and some of these plans are subject to permit and other access conditions


Friday 21st April

Conference in Ceduna ends

Saturday 22nd April

SA campsites open
SA caving

Sunday 23rd April

WA campsites open
SA caving
WA caving

Monday 24th April

SA caving
WA caving

Tuesday 25th April

Cave Rescue Exercise @ Old Homestead
SA caving
WA caving

Wednesday 26th April

Cave Rescue Exercise @ Old Homestead
SA caving
WA caving

Thursday 27th April

WA caving

Friday 28th April

WA caving

Saturday 29th April

WA caving
All campsites close

Campsites and Accommodation

Details on camping and accommodation are still to be finalised, but there are likely to be 2 camping sites in SA and 3 in WA. There will be plenty of room for all. These sites will be for bush camping - be prepared!

For those who need a little extra in the way of creature comforts, there are also these alternative accommodation options

If you need a few more creature comforts, then this options may suit you

Mundrabilla Roadhouse:

  • 10 ensuite motel units
  • 20 powered caravan sites
  • Closest to the Mundrabilla Caves

Eucla Motel & Caravan Park

  • Several room options
  • Powered and unpowered sites
  • Closest to Weebubbie and Abrakurrie Caves

Nullarbor Roadhouse

  • Motel rooms
  • Powered and unpowered sites

Border Village Roadhouse

  • Motel rooms and cabins
  • Powered and unpowered sites

Cave List

Access and permissions are still being obtained (it's not an easy process) but the plan is to have several caving sites across the Nullarbor. They are likely to be:

  • SA (eastern caves) - Hub: Gillgerabbie Hut
  • SA (western caves) - Hub: Warbla Cave
  • WA (near Eucla) - Hub: Weebubbie Cave
  • WA (Mundrabilla Station) - Hub: Witches Cave & Thampana Cave

Other cave sites may be offered on-demand, and pending guides suitable to run them.

Participants will be able to "check in" to a site, and then participate in the trips in the near vicinity. A list of caves will be available closer to the event.

Types of caves

Many of the caves on the Nullarbor are horizontal. Those that are vertical tend to be relatively simple single pitch entrances.

Temperature inside the cave is typically warm, so you won't need layers of thermals for these trips.

Some caves have lakes inside them, all of these are avoidable, but swimming can be an option too!


The Nullarbor is a remote area, and aside from the Eyre Highway dirt tracks. These tracks are generally in good enough condition for 2WD vehicles though having one with reasonable clearance is strongly recommended (leave your sportscar at home!). In the event of heavy rain, it is generally recommended to only attempt access in a 4WD. April in the Nullarbor is generally dry, however rain is not unheard of!

Driving on the Nullarbor is reasonably safe, however we strongly recommend you avoid driving after dark - kangaroos, emus and other wildlife are commonly found on the road

Field trip participants will be provided with a map and GPS coordinates of relevant locations. Signs will be used where appropriate to help keep people on the right track - there are lots of them out there, and it’s easy to get lost!

Each car must have:

  • A roadworthy spare tyre
  • A working jack and associated parts
  • One or more decently sized water storage containers

Other recommended items:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Satellite Phone, PLB, InReach, Spot GPS or other form of remote location communications
  • GPS
  • UHF Radio
  • Tyre repair kit

Flying into Ceduna? We will attempt to find spots in vehicles for those without access to one however this may only be viable for small numbers of people. If you’re traveling as a group, or prefer independence when it comes to travel, consider renting a suitable vehicle from Cedrent:


You can't bring fresh food over the border into WA: (note that’s more than just exporting animals!). Dehydrated food, and precooked items are recommended.

Alternatively you could make arrangements to have food delivered somewhere in the WA side.

You'll need to bring all the water you'll need for the duration of your stay. For a week I’d recommend 20-30L per person.

For the most part we practice minimal impact camping, so will discourage campfires. Please bring along gas stoves and such for cooking

Resupply opportunities are limited on the Nullarbor, not to mention expensive. Please plan to be self-sufficient!


Self sufficiency is the key on the Nullarbor - the caving community is a generous and helpful group willing to help those caught short during trips, but please plan to bring any equipment you need! If you can’t source things, or otherwise need assistance we gear, please reach out, preferably well before the conference starts

A non-exhaustive list of items you may consider bringing:

  • Tent, swag or other sleeping shelter of choice
  • Gas stove
  • Camp chair & table
  • Wash basin
  • First aid kit including snake bandages
  • Toiletries
  • Gazebo, awning or some other form of shade
  • Water storage (min 20L per person recommended)
  • Caving gear
  • Vertical caving gear


Fees will be confirmed and collected during the conference:

SA Cave Fee - $30 per person
To be paid by anyone visiting any of the SA caves. Fee offsets the cost of hosting a cultural monitor

Mundrabilla Camping fee - $10 per person, per night
Applicable for campers at Witches and Thampana Caves

Vertical gear fees - $5 per cave
Charged at the discretion of the trip leader

Indenity Form

Indemnity Form for WA Caves: ASF 2023 Conference Cave Indemnity Form.docx

Secrets of the Nullarbor


Australian Speleological Federation


Flinders University Speleological Society Incorporated


Cave Exploration Group of South Australia


Scout Caving Group of South Australia