Buchan Caves

Royal Cave

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brown coloured bacon rind in front of pure white formations.
Location: 360km 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: electric.
Dimension: l=3,000m, T=15°C.
Guided tours:  
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.
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a mixture of soda straws, stalactites and helictites.
1887 the area was reserved for stock camping.
1910 discovered by Frederick Wilson.
1913 opened to the public.
1930s Caves Reserve created.


Royal Cave is famous for its beautiful calcite-rimmed pools. To open it to the public, an entrance tunnel had to be dug first. The most impressive formations are Niagara Falls and the Font of the Gods.