Buchan Caves Reserves Cave Tours

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Buchan Caves Guided Tours

Experience the extraordinary underworld of Buchan Caves on a guided tour of Fairy Cave and Royal Cave. It's amazing to think that the elaborate limestone sculptures, calcite-rimmed pools and baroque stalactites and stalagmites have all formed through natural processes over thousands of years.

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Step inside Fairy Cave or Royal Cave and discover exquisite limestone decorations that come straight out of a fantasy film set. 

A guided tour is the only way to see the awesome caverns of Buchan Caves. Tours are available everyday, except Christmas Day. Tickets must be purchased online 24 hours in advance, they are not available to purchase in person on the day. 

Which cave should you choose? One cave is not better than the other; they are just different. It's like asking what is the best food on a menu.

The main difference between the two is in the ease of access. Fairy Cave requires a lot more bending down and has approximately 100 more stairs than the Royal Cave.

COVID-19 safety procedures and conditions of entry into caves

In line with current regulations, the following COVID-19 safe practices have been implemented:

  • If you feel unwell, please stay home and get tested.
  • Face masks must be worn, unless you have a lawful reason not to. Children 12 years and under are not required to wear a mask.
  • Hand sanitation stations are located at the entry and exit of each cave tour and must be used as a requirement of entry.
  • Regular sanitising of all handrails is carried out every day in line with current guidelines.
  • People with lawful reasons for not wearing a face mask should still keep at least 1.5 metres apart from others, practice regular hand hygiene by washing or sanitising hands frequently and get tested if unwell.
  • Visitors/patrons should be aware that their tour group may include people who have a lawful reason to not wear a mask.

Things to do in the area

 
Family kicking a football outside their tent

Buchan Caves Reserve Campground

There are a range of powered campsites that are located on flat ground and generally close to the public amenities block. The sites allow vehicles to be parked within a few metres of each site. Campsites generally have a lawn surface and most sides have shade from trees.
A mother sits at a table with her younger daughter and watches her older daughter doing a cartwheel on the lawn of the residence at Buchan Caves Park.

Buchan Caves Reserve Accommodation

Caves House is a fully self contained house which can sleep up to eight people. There are three bedrooms with a queen bed in each room and an ante room with two single beds. Features include kitchen, dining area, lounge room, toilets, shower, heating and cooling, covered front deck with river views and an outdoor BBQ and fire. All linen is provided.
A three year old boy leads his mum and younger brother through the forest near Grants Picnic Ground.

Family activities

Stash some supplies into a back pack and take the family out for a day trip and in only a short drive from Melbourne you can be surrounded by nature.

How to get there

Buchan Caves Guided Tours

When to go

The caves are an excellent place to come in the heat of summer. Escape for a couple of hours into gorgeous, refreshing 17C temperatures.

Guided Cave Tours

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

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Spring Creek Walk (Buchan (AT) Cave Reserve)

    Buchan Caves Reserve partial closures due to fire

    The following severely fire effected areas remain closed within the reserve for safety reasons;
     
    ·      Caves Reserve walking track
    ·      Spring Creek walking track - Kanooka Track is open, Tea Tree Track remains closed

  • Buchan Caves Reserve

    Hazardous tree removal at Buchan Caves Reserve

    Hazardous tree removal works will commence in Buchan Caves Reserve from Tuesday 9 February 2021.

    Contractors will be on-site removing a large volume of damaged trees from the December 2019 bushfires within the Buchan Caves Reserve Visitor Centre, Buchan Caves Reserve Campground, Royal Cave, Fairy Cave, Spring Creek Walk, and Buchan Caves Swimming Pool.

    Noise from contractors undertaking the tree removal works is to be expected within these areas during this time. Large machinery and equipment will also be operating within certain areas of the reserve. Some areas will also have limited access. Visitors need to adhere to safety signage and controls in place during this period.

    These works are essential to ensure the safe reopening of popular visitor areas and are part of Park Victoria's bushfire recovery work.

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