Buchan Caves

Royal Cave

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brown coloured bacon rind in front of pure white formations.
Location: 360 km from Melbourne, north of Lakes Entrance (Melway 529 D3). From Bairnsdale, drive to Bruthen and take the Buchan Road.
(-37.499075, 148.161709)
Open: SEP to MAY Mon-Fri 10, 12:45, 15:15, Sat-Sun 10, 10:30, 11:45, 12:45, 13:15, 14:30, 15:15.
JUN to OCT daily 11, 14.
Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance.
Closed 25-DEC.
Fee: Adults AUD 23.70, Children (5-16) AUD 14, Seniors AUD 19.80, Familiy (2+2) AUD 65.70.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave Devonian limestone.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: l=3,000 m, T=17 °C.
Guided tours:  
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
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 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.