Experience more at Buchan Caves Reserve

Tuesday 4 May, 2021

Visitors are once again welcome to tour the Fairy Cave and access the majority of the walking tracks at Buchan Caves Reserve, thanks to months of hard work by Gunaikurnai Joint Management Rangers, Parks Victoria staff and contractors.

Buchan Caves Reserve was severely impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires with significant damage to the natural environment, the Fairy Cave entrance and all the walking tracks, and loss of major assets such as bridges, accommodation cabins and wilderness retreats.

The Reserve is situated on Krauatungalung Country and is jointly managed by Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and Parks Victoria. It has been a mammoth team effort to progress recovery works and ensure that this beautiful place is once again safe for people to enjoy.

Nearly all the tracks are back open and accessible to visitors, except for the Tea Tree Track, Reserve Track and one small area near the swimming pool.

We have worked with an arborist to ensure public safety by removing all hazardous trees, and have put considerable effort into maintaining the grounds and general clean-up works to provide a clean, open and safe park for our visitors.

Many people will be delighted to hear that our most popular track – the Kanooka Walking Track - has been re-opened. This is thanks to the Gunaikurnai Joint Management Rangers who cleared vegetation along the track, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning who conducted final hazardous tree assessments and removal.

 

Representatives from the Gunaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation walk and discuss with Parks Victoria Rangers at Buchan Caves Reserve.

The reserve is jointly managed by Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and Parks Victoria.

 

Buchan Caves Reserve is a truly special place that is highly significant to Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners due to its remarkable Aboriginal cultural heritage and heritage-listed due to its aesthetic, scientific and historical significance to the State of Victoria.

Visitors can once again experience the spectacular 400-million-year-old limestone formations in both Royal Cave and Fairy Cave. Book your tour online at Buchan Caves Reserve Cave Tours.

Planning work is still underway to rebuild the campground, develop a new concept site plan and progress the first stage of works – including upgrading the camp kitchen and other essential works. This work is funded by $2 million from the Victorian Government’s Bushfire Tourism and Business Fund, to support a range of projects in fire-affected areas across East Gippsland and North East Victoria.

 

Mother and young daughter look at the rock formations in the Fairy Cave at Buchan Caves Reserve.

Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites on a tour of the caves.

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