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Buchan Caves Reserve

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Powerful Owl female
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Fairy Cave
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Fairy Cave
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Fairy Cave
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Amazing patterns - Fairy Cave
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Beauty of Nature
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Way to Fairy Cave
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Camp Grounds
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You get vistors at night coming to say hello
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Camp Kitchen
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river and picnic tables
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Camp Grounds
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Wilderness tent
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Buchan Caves
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Park Statistics

  • Area:294.393km2
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Medium walk / Day walk
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Wilderness retreats

Near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves full of spectacular limestone formations. The caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock. The formations are created by rain water seeping through cracks and dissolving some of the limestone. As each droplet comes through the roof it deposits calcite which crystallises in a small ring. In time, stalactites are formed on the roof of the cave, and stalagmites build up from droplets which fall to the floor.

Discover the beautiful calcite-rimmed pools of Royal Cave and the elaborate stalactites and stalagmites of Fairy Cave on a guided tour. Tours are conducted daily.

Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the park.

Camping and accommodation bookings

Advance bookings and payment are required year round.

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Gunaikurnai Joint Management Plan

The Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board (GKTOLMB) are currently developing a Joint Management Plan in consultation with Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning. The plan will cover the ten parks and reserves for which the Gunaikurnai have gained Aboriginal Title as a result of the 2010 Traditional Owners Land Management Agreement.

The plan will supersede any existing plans and set out objectives for achieving sustainable management within the existing legal framework and in accordance with recognised management principles. It will also provide strategic and operational direction for the ongoing management of these parks and reserves.

For more information or if you would like to be involved, please visit

Aboriginal Traditional Owners


The Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners' strong connection with the land has been legally recognised in a settlement agreement that enables them to jointly manage 10 parks in Eastern Victoria, including Buchan Caves Reserve.


Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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Buchan Caves is eco-certified and committed to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.

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  • Federal Cave Tour

    This tour of discovery provides a unique opportunity to view a different section of the same cave system as the Royal and the Fairy show caves. You are provided with a helmet and headlight to discover the differences. To fully appreciate the Federal Cave, we highly recommend the viewing of…

  • Murrindal Cave Tour

    This is a rare opportunity to visit the spectacular caves located to the north of Buchan. Be prepared for something very special. The tour requires a 14 km drive north of Buchan and a reasonable level of fitness. Discounts apply for multiple tour bookings. Meet at the Visitor Centre at…

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  • Cave tours Guided tours are conducted daily in Royal Cave and Fairy Cave. Both caves are lit and have concrete pathways.Buchan Caves…

  • Camping and accommodation A range of camping options are available. The campground has 41 sites with power and an additional 21 sites without…

  • Walking Buchan Caves Reserve boasts an impressive system of walking tracks. For the short easy walks, all you need are sturdy…

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