Buchan Caves Reserve


Buchan Caves Reserve

Buchan Caves Reserve Krauatungalung Country

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. 


Winter offer

Stay at the Buchan Caves House this winter and get four FREE tickets to tour Fairy or Royal Cave* (*conditions apply).

To redeem:

  • Book to stay at the Buchan Caves House and stay between 10 June – 31st August 2024
  • Upon booking Caves House you will receive email confirmation and then be contacted by Buchan Caves staff to arrange your four free Cave Tours.
  • Offer only available for Fairy Cave and Royal Cave. Tours run daily, dependent on availability.

Things to do in the area

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

Buchan Caves Guided Tours

Book a guided tour and explore elaborate stalactites and stalagmites, and beautiful calcite-rimmed pools of the Royal and Fairy Caves. Bookings are essential and must be made 24-hours in advance.
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. Enjoy a covered front deck with river views and an outdoor BBQ and fire.


This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:



Tours and adventure experiences in parks

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There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Buchan Caves Reserve

Need to know

Buchan Caves Reserve

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 Caves Closed

    Following the Boxing Day floods 2023 in the Buchan Caves Reserve, flood recovery works are still occurring and from Monday 17 June to Friday 28 June 2024 the reserve will be closed for road repairs.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Control operations (ground shooting) targeting deer are undertaken in this area.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

Buchan Caves Reserve

98 Caves Road
Buchan VIC 3885
13 1963
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