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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.

Explore the caves

Originally named Bukan-Mungie, meaning 'the place of rocks with holes in them', the area was one of Victoria's earliest European settlements.

Take a leisurely walk in the Caves Reserve admiring the native plants, animals and exotic trees and then join guides from Parks Victoria on a guided tour of Royal Cave or Fairy Cave.

Aboriginal heritage

Artefacts of Aboriginal occupation from 18,000 years ago are still visible in the Buchan Caves, one of the oldest Ice Age cave sites in southeast Australia. Join a tour and hear stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime featuring the mischievous Nyols, which lived in the caves below the earth.

Outdoor adventure

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.

Recharge after a long day in the caves or on the trail at the Buchan Caves Hotel, a local favourite, which was rebuilt after a fire using funds from a successful crowd-funding campaign.

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Tour operator

Gippsland High Country Tours

Discover small group tours for nature lovers with Gippsland High Country Tours. Escape from the pressures of everyday life and experience the...

Road trips & itineraries

The Great Alpine Road

Drive one of Australia's great touring routes, The Great Alpine Road, and explore Victoria's north-east down to the jaw-dropping Gippsland Lakes.

National parks & reserves

Buchan Caves

Discover an underground wonderland of spectacular limestone formations at Gippsland's ancient Buchan Caves. The caves were created almost 400 million years ago.

National parks & reserves

Cape Conran Coastal Park

Witness the wild beauty of the East Gippsland coast with a spot of surf fishing or a walk along ocean beaches, serene inlets and coastal heathlands.

Walking & hiking

Tulloch Ard Lookout Walk

Start in a tall Mountain Grey Gum forest and finish on a lookout on a rocky ridge overlooking the Snowy River and Tulloch Ard Gorge.

Caravan & holiday parks

Wilderness Retreats Buchan Caves Reserve

Parks Victoria's Wilderness Retreats at Buchan Caves Reserve expose you to more natural beauty than you could ever imagine. Promising a unique...

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Orbost to Buchan Road Cycling

Ride through the heart of Snowy River country, surrounded by national parks, forests and farmland.

National parks & reserves

Snowy River National Park

Spend a few days exploring the majestic Snowy River National Park and discover lush forests and river scenery, towering gorges and waterfalls.

Aboriginal Victoria

Bataluk Cultural Trail

Hit the Bataluk Cultural Trail to hear Dreamtime stories, visit sacred sites and learn about the traditional ways of Gippsland's first inhabitants.


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