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 can be purchased online 24 hours in advance or in person on the day at the Visitor Centre within the reserve.   

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. 

If you have two hours, you should visit both caves, but if you must choose one, 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.

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

There are cabins in the reserve which are fully self-contained and sleep up to five people. The cabins are not accessible for wheelchairs but may be suitable for visitors who have some limited mobility. Access to the cabins is via a ramp and each cabin has an outside deck that is easy to get to.
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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Need to know

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.

  • Buchan Caves Reserve

    Closures due to COVID-19

    At the direction of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Parks Victoria has closed Buchan Caves Reserve until further notice. Check our COVID-19 update for the latest information, and follow the health advice provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Buchan Caves Swimming Pool (Buchan (AT) Cave Reserve)

    Closure of Buchan Caves Swimming Pool

    Parks Victoria wishes to advise visitors and campers the Buchan Caves Reserve* stream fed swimming pool will be closed as of 15 December 2019 as it does not meet the mandatory standards of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.  

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