Near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves full of spectacular limestone formations.
Buchan Caves are located in Buchan Caves Reserve, on the Princes Highway 330 kilometres east of Melbourne.
In the 1880s journalist 'Tanjil' described the caves in his Guide to the Gippsland Lakes and Rivers. But it was not until 1889 that they were surveyed. Development was recommended but it was 1900 before a local man Frank Moon was appointed as caretaker of the caves reserve.
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.
Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the park.
This dry cave with fine formations was opened for public inspection the following year. Royal Cave was opened in 1912 and by 1917 there were six caves open.
The caves were closed during the war years reopening in 1946. In 1984 the Shades of Death Cave at nearby Murrindal was opened for public inspection and adventure cavers explore many of the wild caves in the area. Today over 100,000 people visit the caves annually. The spectacular scenery of the nearby Snowy River whitewater rafting and trail riding also bring tourists to the area.
Guided tours are conducted daily in Royal Cave and Fairy Cave.
❊ What's On ❊
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ Buchan Caves Reserve Buchan | Map
✆ Parks Victoria on 13 1963
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Buchan Caves
❊ Also See... ❊
→ Buchan 3885
→ Princess Margaret Rose Cave
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