Buchan Caves

Fairy Cave

Useful Information

coloured stalactite with bulbous calcite formations at the base.
Location: 360 km from Melbourne, north of Lakes Entrance (Melway 529 D3). From Bairnsdale, drive to Bruthen and take the Buchan Road.
Open: OCT to Easter daily 10, 11:15, 13, 14:15, 15:30. Easter to SEP daily 11, 13, 15. [2006]
Fee: Adults AUD 12.50, Children (5-16) AUD 6.50, Seniors AUD 10, Familiy (2+2) AUD 31.50. [2006]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave Devonian limestone.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=3,000 m, T=15 °C.
Guided tours: L=400 m, D=60 min.
Address: Buchan Caves & Caravan Park, P.O.Box 2, Buchan Vic. 3885, Tel: +61-51-55-9264, +61-51-55-9213, Fax: +61-51-55-9490. Alan Oldroyd, Ranger-in-Charge. Dale Calnin, Caves Manager.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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a detail of the fine coloured formations.
1887 the area was reserved for stock camping.
1907 discovered by Frank Moon.
1907 opened to the public.
1930s Caves Reserve created.
1941 Eastern Chamber closed to the public due to difficulties with a low roof and frequent flooding.
1988-1990 the Eastern Chamber was brought up to a tour standard by the Friends of Buchan Caves.


Fairy Cave is primarly praised as a dripstone cave with elaborate stalactites and stalagmites. The rooms of the cave are called King's Chamber, the Queen Victoria Chamber, the Hall, the Jewel Chamber, and the Grotto. The Bridal Chamber contains obviously also the limestone Wedding Cake. The pure translucent sinter of this stalagmite formation resembles icing sugar.