Why Cave Divers Are Flocking to South Australia

Unexpected Destination is breathtaking

Kilsby’s Sinkhole is a 65-metre deep limestone cavity in the middle of Graham Kilsby’s sheep property

Courtesy of ABC Australia….

Trevor Ashby’s property south of Mount Gambier looks like a typical dairy farm from the roadside, but hidden among the cows is a tiny portal into a world-class dive site.

The hole in the ground is so small that equipment and divers have to be lowered in separately.

But below the humble entrance is a huge, seemingly bottomless chamber.

“We’ve had people who have dived all around the world and have come to here and they just couldn’t believe the size of the room that we’ve got under our feet here in the middle of a cow paddock,” cave diving instructor Gary Barclay said.

The Shaft, as it is known, is the darkest and deepest recorded sinkhole in the region, dropping more than 120 metres.

It was discovered by the owner’s grandfather when he was ploughing a paddock and the horse put its hoof through the surface.


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