Naracoorte Caves Mega Fest next month

MEGA FEST: Fun runs, musical experiences, talks, special cave tours, and wine and food experiences will be running throughout the day.
MEGA FEST: Fun runs, musical experiences, talks, special cave tours, and wine and food experiences will be running throughout the day.

It is time to shake off the lazy bones, put on your sneakers and celebrate the fossils at the Naracoorte World Heritage Festival and Run on Sunday November 24.

In 1857, Reverend Julian Tenison-Woods stumbled across thousands of tiny bones of rodents and small marsupials buried at the base of crystal columns.

More than 100 years later, in 1969, one of the world's 10 greatest fossil sites was discovered at the Naracoorte Caves when Professor Rod Wells and Grant Gartrell discovered the largest and best preserved megafauna remains. In 1994, the Naracoorte Caves were inscribed on the World Heritage list.

The fossils found at the Naracoorte Caves allow you to step back in time, giving an insight into 500,000 years of history and a fascinating insight into Australia's prehistoric past.

The Naracoorte World Heritage Festival and Run will celebrate these two unique anniversaries with a 'Mega Fest' of activities at the Naracoorte Caves.

The celebrations will kick off at 7.30am with the inaugural Naracoorte World Heritage Trail Run.

Participants can choose from the: 22km Mega Fauna Run, 14km Stoney Point Run, 5km Dippy Run and the 1km Fossil Dash. The Big Fun of the Festival runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Join world renowned singing palaeontologist Professor Flint in the Blanche Cave for a musical adventure celebrating the extraordinary animals found in the Naracoorte Caves. Book tickets at the Wonambi Fossil Centre.

At 12.45pm, in the Blanche Cave, the Naracoorte Caves Music Ensemble premieres Ivan Skawronski's composition Adventure To The Limestone Caves.

In Ivan's words, "This music is a tale of exploration, an epic romp through the wilds and down into an uncharted cave system."

The Naracoorte Singers will set the scene for Adventure To The Limestone Caves with a performance of the song "This is Naracoorte... This is who we are" at 12.30pm.

At 1.45pm, in the Blanche Cave, Professor Rod Wells and Grant Gartrell, the men responsible for finding the immense amount of megafauna remains in the Victoria Fossil Cave 50 years ago will retrace their fateful steps that led to the World Heritage listing of the Naracoorte Caves.

Local vertebrate palaeontologist Dr Liz Reed will run a special tour, Picnic Ground to World Heritage, at 3.15pm. Book tickets at the Wonambi Fossil Centre.

Throughout the day the University of Adelaide Palaeontologists will provide fun filled activities including fossil displays and demonstrations at the Fossil Lab and fossil dig sand pit.

There will also be special cave tours, trails, live music, and wine and farmers market experiences throughout the day. More information at www.megafest.com.au