Extreme sports in Australia
Around SA’s Limestone Coast, more than 140 caverns and sinkholes lure cave divers from around the world.
These brave souls strap on scuba gear to explore the secrets of underwater labyrinths. It’s not an experience for claustrophobics — or people with a poor sense of direction.
Piccaninnie Ponds may sound like an idyllic spot for a church picnic but is one of the most popular locations for this extreme sport. It features three distinct areas — a shallow pond, a 100m-deep chasm and a spectacular underwater cave known as the cathedral.
Across the region, pristine freshwater means divers get a clear view of gothic formations of limestone, bizarre aquatic wildlife and giant chambers dissected by shafts of sunlight.
It’s like discovering another world. And there’s plenty of hidden depths yet to be properly explored.
A warning — cave diving is perilous and has claimed several lives. It should only be undertaken with appropriate training, organised by the Cave Diving Association of Australia.
News_Rich_Media: Divers swim through the beautiful coastal spring called Piccaninnie Ponds, near Mt Gambier, South Australia. Video: Richard Harris, cave diver, South Australia.