Buchan Caves Reserve Bushfire Recovery
LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 2023
Fairy Cave entrance
The planning and approval processes are underway to replace the fire damaged roof to the Fairy Cave entrance structure. Approvals are expected to be finalised in September to enable works to start shortly after.
Guide Hut upgrade
The planning and approval processes are underway to rebuild the Guide Hut and approvals are expected to be finalised in September to enable works to start shortly after.
Spring Creek track works
The planning and approval processes are underway to replace fire damaged assets along the walking track, including the pedestrian bridge, viewing platform, steps, edging, and handrails. Relevant approvals are expected in September to enable works to start shortly after.
Flood mitigation around site
Parks Victoria is in discussions with Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) to deliver the flood mitigation works. Designs are almost complete and relevant approvals are expected in September to enable works to start shortly after
North Arm Picnic Area Cultural Space and Yarning Circle
Planning and further scope development is underway in partnership with GLaWAC to create a flexible recreational space that includes seating, play space, amenities, and barbeque facilities.
Linakar tree replanting
We are planning to replant trees destroyed by the bushfire to align with the Hugh Linakar landscape plan. We have prepared documentation to submit to Heritage Victoria, and GLaWAC has provided owner's consent to proceed with the Heritage Victoria permit application.
Shared path delivered by East Gippsland Shire Council
The shared path from Buchan township into the reserve is now complete and open to the public.
Buchan Bridge No. 2
The rebuild of Buchan Bridge No. 2 is being led by the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA). A contractor has being appointed by DEECA and the start of the design process is being formalised.
Buchan Caves Reserve Pool
The Buchan pool reopened in April 2023 after instigating daily water monitoring to ensure the flow of water into the pool remains at levels acceptable to health department requirements. We are performing weekly water quality testing to ensure the water is safe for swimmers. We are continuing to investigate enduring solutions to manage the Buchan Caves Reserve Pool. We have engaged a specialist consulting team to investigate the unique nature of the facility including hydrology, cave systems, water diversions, risk management, and pool operations. This report will provide a range of options to consider and implement. There is a planned temporary closure to allow staff to undertake maintenance and safety works, including fencing, signage and improving work on the weir structure that controls water flow. The pool will close for approximately six weeks from Monday 4 September to Monday 16 October. We apologise for any inconvenience, but by undertaking these works we will be able to keep the pool open and safe.
The Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 heavily impacted Buchan Caves Reserve and destroyed the cabins and wilderness retreats. Camping and cave tours are open for visitors to enjoy. Parks Victoria is replacing and upgrading the lost accommodation and visitor facilities to enhance visitors’ experiences in this unique landscape.
Fairy Cave entrance: Procurement will be undertaken in line with the Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) process. Other permits are required following the endorsed CHMP.
Guide Hut upgrade: Procurement will be undertaken in line with the CHMP process. Other permits are required following the endorsed CHMP.
Spring Creek Track works: Procurement will be undertaken in line with the CHMP process. Other permits are required following the endorsed CHMP.
North Arm Flood mitigation: Design is being finalised, procurement will be undertaken in line with the CHMP process. Other permits are required following the endorsed CHMP.
Who we’re working with
Buchan Caves Reserve is one of the jointly managed parks within Gippsland. The Joint Management Agreement between Parks Victoria and GLaAWC recognise that Gunaikurnai people hold Native Title and maintain a strong connection to Country. Parks Victoria is working with GLaWAC to protect the cultural and environmental values of the reserve, and deliver memorable visitor experiences.
For more information about access to areas within Buchan Caves Reserve please visit Buchan Caves Reserve and check the change of conditions.
$2.35 million project funding from Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR) and DEECA. The final budget will be confirmed once insurable asset amounts have been agreed.
For more information on what there is to see and do at Buchan Caves Reserve, and for further information on updated conditions, visit Buchan Caves Reserve .