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 
  • Repairs to toilet amenities
  • Reconstructing tour guide facilities 
  • Reinstatement of steps between Granite Pools and Kanooka walking tracks
  • Tree Replanting Plan to restore European and Indigenous 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 Royal Cave toilet block
  • Extensive hazardous tree removal
  • Decontamination works
  • Repairs to the playground and picnic facilities
  • Repairs to Royal Cave entrance retaining wall
  • Extensive weed and pest animal control.
     

Expected project duration and key dates

Works commence – mid 2020

Works complete – late 2022


Project funding

$1.7 million insurance funds

$2 million project funding


Other information

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.


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