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Wilderness retreats

Located in a tranquil area of the campground, Wilderness Camp at Buchan Caves Reserve provides a “close to nature” experience of bush camping with all the conveniences of modern cabins. The tents sit on an innovative modular galvanised steel frame that does not require concrete footings.

This is low impact accommodation that touches the earth lightly.

Two Wilderness Tents (01 Acacia and 02 Blackwood) have:

  • a timber deck and a lockable door
  • a queen size bed and 2 bed side tables (bed linen, doonas, blankets and towels provided)
  • a trundle single bed (located under the queen size bed)
  • a futon chair that converts to a single bed
  • a blanket box and a towel rack
  • split system air conditioning
  • a small fridge
  • table and chairs inside and on the deck
  • lights inside and on the deck

Three Wilderness Tents (03 Blue Gum, 04 Kanooka and 05 Kurrajong) have:

  • a timber deck and a lockable door
  • 3 bunk beds - bring your own linen (pillows, sheets, doonas/sleeping bags and towels)
  • split system air conditioning
  • a small fridge
  • table and chairs inside and on the deck
  • lights inside and on the deck

A clean and well lit toilet and shower facility is close by. Please note that smoking is not permitted inside the Wilderness Camps.

Two Wilderness Tents are set up for couples but can sleep doubles or up to four people by making use of the trundle bed and futon. Three Wilderness Tents are set up for groups or larger families, with 3 bunk beds and can sleep up to 6 people.  To preserve the experience for all guests, and to allow wildlife to roam safely, no cars are allowed inside the Wilderness Camp area. There is a car park for guests conveniently located near the camp. A luggage trolley is available at the car park to assist with the short walk to your tent.

Wilderness Camp guests can make use of the communal kitchen. The well equipped kitchen contains:

  • cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils and tea towels
  • stainless steel benches and sinks
  • a gas cook top
  • a full size fridge
  • hot and cold water
  • tea and coffee making facilities, a microwave oven and a toaster

There is also a covered, tranquil BBQ area with seating for guests outside the kitchen. Guests just need to bring their own food and drinks and linen, if staying in Wilderness Tent 03, 04 or 05.

To make your experience enjoyable, we recommend you bring comfortable shoes, insect repellent and a torch.

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Services Available

The small township of Buchan is a short walk from the Wilderness Camp. There is a general store, milk bar, hotel, café / restaurant and a bush nursing centre in town. For more details about East Gippsland contact the Visitor Information Centre on 1800 637 060 (free call).

Accessibility Information

There is a wilderness tent (01 Acacia) at Buchan Caves Reserve that has a timber ramp to the front entrance.

Buchan Wilderness Retreat

There is limited space inside to manoeuvre a  wheelchair, particularly around the queen sized bed.

Wilderness Retreat interior

A nearby communal kitchen services the Wilderness Camp and has a ramp to the entrance.

Wilderness Retreat kitchen

Unfortunately, none of the wilderness tents have their own toilets and visitors are required to use a communal toilet and shower block nearby. This amenities block does not have an accessible toilet or shower. Visitors with mobility limitations staying in the Wilderness Camp who require an accessible toilet and shower can use the unisex accessible toilet and shower that services the camping sites. This is located approximately 250 metres from the Wilderness Camp.

Visitors can use the communal barbecue located about 20 metres from the accessible Wilderness tent but the picnic tables do not have adequate space underneath to allow visitors in wheelchairs to seat close to the table.

Communal barbecue at Wilderness Retreats

eco certifiedThe Wilderness Camp is eco-certified, offering environmentally, socially and economically sustainable accommodation.