Tantanoola is located 10kms south of Millicent turn off the Princes Highway for 4kms. Tantanoola is in the south of the Wattle Range Council area, near Millicent, 51kms south of Beachport or 67kms west of Penola. The local industries include Kimberly Clark Pulp and Paper manufacturing, rural/farming area, native flower and herb farming.
A town was proclaimed at this location in 1879, originally called Lucieton after the Governor's daughter. In 1879 the Beachport to Mt Gambier railway line was opened which caused much controversy as it separated the town down the middle from north to south. Within a few years the name of the town was changed to Tantanoola, a Boandik word, thought to mean woman's retreat.
In 1893, there were reports of a strange animal in the Tantanoola area, it was described as a tiger. The tiger prowled the district for several years. In 1895, the tiger was killed, only to be discovered that it was actually an Assyrian Wolf, and is now on display in a glass case at the Tantanoola Tiger Hotel. Visit the Tantanoola Hotel to see the tiger and hear this legendary tale.
Tantanoola Railway StationThe original buildings of the railway station have been recently renovated, and can be seen from the sheltered picnic spot
* Free Motor-home Parking for Short Stays are allowed in the Park Lands & Dump point available *
Tantanoola Cave Conservation Park
The spectacular Tantanoola Cave is located 16kms from Millicent on the Princes Highway. It is the only single-chamber pink dolomite cave in Australia and features easy access pathways, which are suitable for wheelchair and pusher access. The strategically placed lighting enhances the caves natural beauty. Open daily for tours. Entry fee applies. Click here to view brochure Tantanoola Caves Brochure (467 kb)
For more information on this spectacular cave please log onto http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/