Buchan Caves Camping Reserve

National Park - Victoria


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. 

A range of camping options are available.The campground has 41 sites with power and an additional 21 sites without power. There are plenty of sites suitable for caravans. 

Fully self-contained units are also available. Cabins have a double bed, a bunk with 3 single beds, shower, toilet and a kitchenette with stove top and microwave. BYO bed linen and towels. 

Parks Victoria Wilderness Retreats offer a low impact and unique camping experience for up to four people. They feature: • Elevated weather and insect proof tents with large sun decks • A comfortable queen size bed and two pull out single beds (all linen and towels provided) • Quality timber furniture and fridge A picnic shelter (containing electric barbecues), and communal kitchen (containing crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, gas hot plate, microwave, toaster and tea and coffee making facilities) is located close by, as are the toilet and shower amenities. 

A range of facilities are offered at Buchan Caves Reserve. They include laundry, showers and toilets, picnic areas, barbeques, fireplaces, Visitor Centre, a stream fed swimming pool and access to numerous walks. 

Accommodation and campsites must be pre-booked. You can book online or call Parks Victoria on 13 1963. 

**Tripigy stayed here in January 2014. We can verify the facilities above as being correct at the time. Well, this is a hidden gem. The camping sites are a generous size, the facilities are very well maintained to a high standard. The sites were a mix of grassy and grass/hard dirt (due to dry weather). We would have loved to stay here longer but time didn't permit. 

The caves (Royal Cave & Fairy Cave) were an excellent way to spend some time and the guides are very friendly and informative. The lovely staff at the Visitors centre couldn't have been more helpful as well, full of knowledge of the Caves Reserve and the local area. 

There were a huge number of picnic tables in the nearby picnic area and camp kitchen as well. The playground just 100 metres past the camp ground was well maintained and fenced from the road to keep the littlies safe. 

If you're brave enough, definately have a dip in the cave-fed water that feeds into the pool. Yes, it's very cold (approx 13 degrees) but it takes the sting out of the heat of a hot day. We could only stay in it for 20 minutes but it was lovely. 

Also, from late afternoon, you will see the kangaroos coming in to feed off the grass for a while, please don't feed them, it endangers their health. Once night time arrives, you will see the possums running around as well. 

Definately, a highly recommended camping spot from us. Also, as a side-note, when in Buchan, check out the general store. It still has the original shop's shelving and displays. It's a bit like stepping back in time. Also, Telstra is the only way you will get reception out here as well.
Beautiful campsite especially in Autumn when the leaves are turning. When booking ask or select a site clear of tree branches. Very good amenities including laundry. Excellent visitor information office and Cave Tours well worth doing.
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