Buchan Caves - Cave Tours

Location: Buchan Caves Reserve

Visitors can camp, picnic, stay in Caves House and enjoy a Cave Tour. Severely fire-affected parts of the park remain closed, including several walking tracks.

COVID-19 safety procedures, conditions of entry into Caves

In line with current regulations we have implemented the following COVID-19 safe practices:
• Face masks are mandatory and are a condition of entry into the Caves. If you have a medical exemption, documentation will be required. Children 12 years and under are not required to wear a mask.
• Hand sanitation stations are located at the entry and exit of each cave tour and must be used as a requirement of entry.
• Regular sanitising of all handrails is carried out every day in line with current guidelines.

All Cave Tour tickets must be purchased online prior to arrival. Online purchases close at midnight for the following day.

Tour times:

Royal Cave: Start of September school holidays until 30 April - 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.45pm, 2.00pm, 3.15pm Monday-Friday with additional tours on Saturday/Sunday 9.30am, 10.45am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm
Royal Cave: 1 May until the start of September school holidays - 11.00am, 3.00pm
Fairy Cave: Currently closed
Fairy Cave: 1 May until the start of September school holidays - 1.00pm

Limited numbers taken per tour. We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment particularly during weekends, school and public holidays.
Buchan Caves is open 364 days a year- closed on Christmas Day.

2020-21 Tour Pricing:

Single cave tour (Royal)
Adult $23.40
Child $13.80
Senior $19.50 (concession ticket type)
Family (2 adults, 2 children 5 - 16 years) $64.70
Stair climber $13.70 (call to book)

Tour times will be released 4-6 weeks prior to each school holiday period.



Double tour time options include:
Double tours are currently unavailable.

How much time does it take to get to Buchan Caves?
Travel time varies, depending on where you start, and also on delays and stops that you might make along the way. Generally, if you take the fastest route, and do not stop or experience delays it takes approximately 4.5hrs from Melbourne
- 45 mins from Lakes Entrance
- 55 mins from Bairnsdale
- The recommended GPS address: Buchan

How long does a cave tour take?
Each cave take 45min to 1hr for a cave tour, and you can only see the caves with a guide.

Can I take a baby pram or stroller in the caves?
No. You cannot take a pram or stroller through any of the caves at Buchan. Also, there are no backpack allowed, but a baby wrap carried on the front is okay.

Can I take photos in the cave?
Yes. Photography is permitted on all tours. Tripods, monopods and selfie sticks are not allowed on tours, and may not be brought into any cave.

What is the best cave to see?
One cave is not better than the other, as they are both different. It is like asking what is the best food on a menu. It is a subjective choice. The main difference that can be explained is Royal Cave is the easier out of the two caves, Fairy cave requires a lot more bending down and has approx. 100 more stairs than the Royal Cave.
If you have doubts about your capabilities please let your guide know before entering the cave.

What is the temperature in the caves?
The caves are a constant temperature of 17° degrees with approx. 99% humidity.

What time is the 11am tour?
The 11am tour commences at 11am, guides are required to leave on time to ensure they provide a 45min to 1 hr tour and are out in time for their next tour.

Do we need torches?
The caves are fully lit by 12 volt led lights, with some sections having additional feature lights. Track lights all the way through.

Am I allowed to eat, drink or smoke in the cave?
There is NO eating, drinking or smoking allowed in the caves.

Cancellation Policy

Please select your tour and time carefully as refunds are not available.



Travel times will vary depending on the route that you take and how many stops you make along the way. Taking the fastest route (without delays) is approximately:

4.5 hours from Melbourne.
45 mins from Lakes Entrance.
55 mins from Bairnsdale.
The recommended GPS address: Buchan