Buchan Caves Reserve set to reopen

Tuesday 11 February, 2020

The Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and Parks Victoria are pleased to announce the Buchan Caves Reserve will reopen to visitors on Friday 14 February 2020. 

This will coincide with the running of the annual Canni Creek Races at nearby Buchan South over the weekend. 

Although more severely fire-affected parts of the park will remain closed, visitors will be able to access the campground and enjoy a night under the stars.  For those seeking additional comfort, why not book a stay at the historic Caves House catering for up to eight guests.

Alternatively enjoy a relaxing day out at the Buchan Caves Reserve, having a picnic or barbecue with your friends and family.  The Buchan Caves visitor centre will be operating, and we encourage visitors to support the Buchan township by enjoying a meal at the Buchan Roadhouse or the Caves Hotel or by purchasing supplies at the General Store. 

Given the fire impacts throughout the park, walking tracks and other areas within the Reserve will remain closed to visitors for safety reasons.  For the time being cave tours are not being offered pending assessment of cave air quality and safety checks of cave infrastructure.  

Our teams are working hard to undertake the assessments and recovery works that are needed to restore the park, and we appreciate your continued understanding while these processes are underway. 

Buchan Caves Reserve is one of 10 parks jointly managed with the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation in Gippsland. The Joint Management agreement recognises that the Gunaikurnai people hold Aboriginal Title and maintain a strong connection to Country.

Quotes, attributed to Parks Victoria District Manager East Gippsland Will McCutcheon 
“We have been incredibly heartened by the kindness and goodwill offered by the community and visitors during this challenging fire season, and we know they are eager to get back outdoors and explore their favourite destinations.”
“We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Buchan Caves Reserve, seeing the campground filled with tents, people enjoying the park’s tranquility, as well as supporting the local township.” 

Quotes, attributed to GLaWAC General Manager – On Country Daniel Miller
“GLAWAC is committed to supporting the community of Buchan and this wonderful area through well planned recovery programs and in exploring growth ideas for the future.”

ENDS


Media enquiries

Gareth Rees

Mobile: 0417 067 706

gareth.rees@parks.vic.gov.au

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