Buchan Caves Reserve Bushfire Recovery
Parks Victoria and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) are rebuilding visitor facilities at Buchan Caves Reserve, following major bushfire damage in summer 2019/2020. Parks Victoria and GLaWAC are developing concept plans to improve the camping and roofed accommodation facilities, along with the restoration of the cave entrance buildings. The recovery work will allow visitors to enjoy the site again with improved facilities.
For information about biodiversity impacts and other bushfire recovery projects, visit our Bushfire Recovery landing page.
What is being delivered
- Upgraded camp kitchen facilities
- New cultural heritage interpretation facilities
- Reconstruction of Tour Guide Room facilities
- Tree Replanting Plan to restore Indigenous and European trees and vegetation
- Rebuild of Spring Creek walking track steps and viewing platform
- Flood mitigation works in North Arm
- Reinstate signage and interpretation information
- Ongoing hazardous tree management
- Ongoing weed and pest animal management
- Buchan Blue Wattle revegetation on Moon Hill
- Planning is underway for new roofed accommodation in Buchan Caves Reserve.
Completed works include
- Construction of two bridges to provide vehicle access to Royal and Fairy Caves
- Repairs to toilet amenities
- Decontamination works
- Repairs to the playground and picnic facilities
- Repairs to Royal Cave entrance retaining wall
- Extensive hazardous tree removal
- Extensive weed and pest animal control.
Expected project duration and key dates
Works commence – mid 2020
Works complete – late 2022
$1.7 million insurance funds
$2 million project funding
For more information on what there is to see and do at Buchan Caves Reserve, and for further information on updated conditions, visit the Buchan Caves Reserve park page.