Buchan Caves Reserve
Buchan Caves Reserve is one of the jointly managed parks within Gippsland. The Joint Management agreement recognises the fact that the Gunaikurnai people hold Aboriginal Title and maintain a strong connection to Country. As custodians of the land, they are the rightful people who speak for their Country. These parks and reserves are cultural landscapes that continue to be part of Gunaikurnai living culture. For more information on Joint Management, please visit the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.
Buchan Caves Reserve on Krauatungalung Country, is highly significant to Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners due to its remarkable Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Here you’ll discover Victoria’s largest cave system, a landscape perfect for a picnic and a place to camp under the stars.
Book a guided tour of Buchan Caves - a honeycomb of spectacular limestone formations carved by an underground river almost 400 million years ago. Choose from Fairy Cave, Royal Cave, or both and marvel at the magnificent stalactite and stalagmite forms, pillars and rim pools, as well as vast open caverns and an ancient flowing stream. A guided tour is the only way to see this remarkable cave system. Don’t miss out; tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance.
With walking tracks and wildlife, the Buchan Caves Reserve is a great spot to settle in for a picnic. Keep an eye out for native wildlife who frequent the reserve. Kangaroos lay about the campground and visitor centre while native birds such as the Bell Miner, Powerful Owl, Superb Lyrebird and Pied Currawong can be seen perched among the trees.
Make a weekend of it and stay a night at Buchan Caves. Do some stargazing at our powered or unpowered campsites or stretch out with room for two families in the self-contained Caves House.
Things to do in the area
Buchan Caves Guided Tours
Buchan Caves Reserve Campground
Buchan Caves Reserve Accommodation
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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How to get there
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Need to know
Buchan Caves Reserve
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.
Parks Victoria's social script resources for children on the autism spectrum, have been developed with the professional assistance of AMAZE to increase the accessibility of its parks for people on the autism spectrum.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
Safety in nature
You can benefit both mind and body when you get outdoors to explore and experience Victoria's natural places. Before you go, take a look at our safety tips and check our changed conditions and closures information for a great visit.
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.
Buchan Caves Day Visitor Area (Buchan (AT) Cave Reserve)
Buchan Caves Reserve swimming pool reopening updateParks Victoria and GLaWAC are investigating whether the Buchan Caves pool can potentially be reopened during the summer period.Water flow and water quality are being monitored and tested during this investigation.Parks Victoria will continue to provide regular updates to the community about possible re-opening of the pool.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Ground shooting operations targeting deerGround shooting operations targeting deer will be undertaken in these areas from December 2022 to December 2023. These parks will remain open to visitors during operations.Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains, Mount Bogong, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains, Foothills and Southern Alps)Buchan Caves ReserveBurrowa-Pine MountainCape Conran Coastal ParkCabbage Tree Creek Flora ReserveErrinundra National ParkLake Tyers State ParkBaw Baw National ParkMount Buffalo National ParkMount Mitta Mitta (Mittamatite) Regional ParkMount Mitta Mitta Flora ReserveMount Lawson State ParkMount Granya State ParkMountain Creek Education AreaPheasant Creek Flora ReserveWabba Wilderness ParkWilsons Promontory National ParkFor more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.
How we keep it special
Joint Management Plan
Buchan Caves Reserve is on the Country of the Krauatungalung clan. Buchan Caves were traditionally an important meeting place for Gunaikurnai people and there is evidence going back more than 18 000 years of the important role they played. The Gunaikurnai and Victorian Government Joint Management Plan provides a description of joint management strategies and actions that are specific to Buchan Caves Reserve.
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. This will include improving camping and roofed accommodation facilities and restoring cave entrance buildings.
Go behind the scenes with our rangers to find out more about the recovery process.