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

Buchan Caves is opened 364 days of the year and close only Christmas Day.

Royal Cave

  • Cave length is 500 metres.
  • There are 150 steps.
  • Some stooping required.
  • Man-made tunnel entrance.
  • Temperature in cave is a constant 17 degrees.

Royal Cave features beautiful calcite-rimmed pools. Pass through the stunning Font of the Gods and Princess Royal Chambers viewing many stalagmites and stalactites. Royal Cave is the easier out of the two show caves.

Fairy Cave

  • Cave length is 500 metres.
  • There are 200 steps throughout the cave.
  • Some stooping required.
  • Spiral staircase entrance.
  • Temperature in cave is a constant 17 degrees.

Fairy Cave features elaborate stalactites and stalagmites, highly adorned passages and impressive decorations throughout cave. Marvel at the Ivory Palace, Kings Chamber and Blackwood Chamber.

 

Royal and Fairy Cave tour times

When Tour times
September school holidays to post Easter school holidays - Royal Cave* 10.00am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm
September school holidays to post Easter school holidays - Fairy Cave* 11.15am, 2.15pm
Post Easter school holidays to September 11.00am (Royal Cave), 1.00pm (Fairy Cave), 3.00pm (Royal Cave)

* More tours during peak periods - approximately every half hour.

Limited numbers taken per tour. It is recommended that visitors arrive 30-45 minutes prior to a tour commencing to secure a place.

Fees for single cave tour (Royal or Fairy)

Ticket type Price
Adult $22.00
Child $12.90
Senior $18.50
Family (2 adults, 2 children 5 - 16 years) $60.90
Stair climber $12.90

Fees for tours of both caves (Royal and Fairy)

Ticket type Price
Adult $33.00
Child $19.10
Senior $27.10
Family (2 adults, 2 children 5 - 16 years) $90.90

 

For school and bus group booking rate please call 13 1963.

For further enquiries, email: buchanvisitorcentre@parks.vic.gov.au

Federal Cave Tour

This historical tour provides a unique opportunity to view a cave that is rarely open to the public and is part of the same cave system as the Royal and the Fairy show caves. Lit only by solar-powered pathway lights, you are provided with a helmet and headlight to view this section of the cave system which is so very different from the Royal and the Fairy show caves.

Cost: Adult $35.90 Child $25.60

Duration of tour: Approximately 1 hour

Meeting Point: Buchan Caves Reserve Visitor Centre

Suitable age: Not recommended for children under the age of 8 unless accompanied by guardian.

Other information:
• Payment is required when booking is made
• Minimum Number required: 6
• Maximum Number permitted: 10
• Please wear sturdy footwear

Bookings are required for the Federal Cave tour. Please telephone the Buchan Caves Reserve Visitor Centre on (03) 5162 1900.

Accessibility information

The spectacular Royal and Fairy Caves at Buchan Caves Reserve are generally not accessible for visitors with significant mobility limitations. This is because of the narrow cave passageways, low rock ceilings and the many steps leading to and through the caves.

However, an electric Stairclimber provided by the reserve enables access to one section of Fairy Cave for children and light adults weighing up to 60 kgs.

Buchan Caves stair climber 

Operated by a cave guide, the Stairclimber can take seated children and adults with mobility limitations up and down the steps in Fairy Cave. Bookings are required in advance.

Further information about the Stairclimber.

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