South Australia's real Bat Cave
17:30 AEST Sat Sep 1 2012
Every town in Australia has a story to tell - and Naracoorte in South Australia is no different. Settled around 1842, the place was immediately earmarked as prime grazing land and farmers and sheep starting pouring into town.
The area was formed from coral and marine creatures 200 million years ago and again 20 million years ago when the land was below sea level. Ground water dissolved and eroded some of the limestone, creating caves. Victoria Fossil Cave and Blanch Cave are not far below ground and holes created traps for the unwary. That has resulted in a remarkable collection of fossils.
Modern technology is used to show visitors the normally inaccessible interior of Bat Cave, where thousands of bats breed each year.