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Be enchanted by a honeycomb of spectacular limestone caves and rock formations at Buchan, nestled in a picturesque valley in East Gippsland.

Originally named Bukan-Mungie, meaning 'the place of rocks with holes in them', the area was one of Victoria's earliest European settlements. Visitors can take a leisurely walk in the Caves Reserve admiring the native plants, animals and exotic trees. Parks Victoria hold guided tours of Royal Cave and Fairy Cave.

Drive through the tall forests of the Snowy River National Park and see highlights such as the Little River Gorge - Victoria's deepest gorge - and Little River Falls, a 600 metre-high waterfall. Adventurous types can go white-water rafting down the Snowy River or four-wheel driving to the high country.

Buchan is 350 kilometres from Melbourne along the M1 and Princess Highway.

Buchan: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Snowy River National Park

The Snowy River is renowned for canoeing and rafting, and the Snowy River National Park is ideal for those who appreciate magnificent forests, rugged gorges and wild landscapes.

McKillops Bridge is one of the few places with conventional vehicle access to the Snowy River. The Deddick River meets the Snowy just upstream of the bridge and wide sandy beaches with shallow rock pools between the rapids make this a great swimming spot.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Buchan Orbost Road
Buchan, VIC, 3885

Located 24.2K from Buchan

Buchan Caves Reserve

Near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves full of spectacular limestone formations.

The caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock. The formations are created by rain water seeping through cracks and dissolving some of the limestone. As each droplet comes through the roof it deposits calcite which crystallises in a small ring. In time, stalactites are formed on the roof of the cave, and stalagmites build up from droplets which fall to the floor.

Discover the beautiful calcite-rimmed pools of Royal Cave and the elaborate stalactites and stalagmites of Fairy Cave on a guided tour. Tours are conducted daily.

Buchan Caves is eco-certified and committed to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, the Gunaikurnai identify the Buchan Caves Reserve as their Traditional Country. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Caves Road
Buchan, VIC, 3885

Located 24.6K from Buchan

Buchan: Events

Buchan Caves Junior Ranger Spring BioQuest

Join Parks Victoria for the Spring BioQuest.

Search for plants and animals and contribute what you see to help keep parks healthy. Great family fun, with prizes to be won.

Grab your smart device, head outdoors and explore to find all the animals, plants and fungi you can. You do not need to be an expert, just have a sense of curiosity. Rangers and experts will give you feedback and points for your sightings.

Submit your sightings through the fun outdoor mobile app, QuestaGame.

How to participate:
1. Download QuestaGame: download the app before you go to the park
2. Register online at the QuestaGame website
3. Join the quests. Select the park quest you will be completing in the app

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98 Caves Road
Buchan, VIC, 3885

Located 24.7K from Buchan

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