Buchan Caves - Cave Tours

Location: Buchan Caves Reserve

Guided tours are conducted daily in Royal Cave and Fairy Cave. Both caves are lit and have concrete pathways.

Tickets are available to purchase on the day at Buchan Caves Visitor Centre. Online cave tour tickets close 24 hours prior to each tour time.

Tour times are as follows:

Royal Cave* - start of September school holidays until the 30 April 10.00am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm
Royal Cave* - 1 May until the start of September school holidays 11.00am, 3.00pm
Fairy Cave* - start of September school holidays until the 30 April 11.15am, 2.15pm
Fairy Cave* - 1 May until the start of September school holidays 1.00pm

Limited number of places available per tour. We recommend pre-booking online to avoid disappointment particularly during weekends, school and public holidays.
Buchan Caves is open 364 days a year- closed on Christmas Day.

2018/19 Tour Pricing:

Singe cave tour (Royal or Fairy)
Adult $22.90
Child $13.50
Senior $19.10 (concession ticket type)
Family (2 adults, 2 children 5 - 16 years) $63.40
Stair climber $13.50 (call to book)

Double tours (includes Royal and Fairy caves)

Adult $34.40
Child $19.90
Senior $28.90 (concession ticket type)
Family (2 adults, 2 children 5 - 16 years) $94.50

Federal Cave Tours

Adult $378.30 Child $27.30
Tour times will be released 4-6 weeks prior to each school holiday period.

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Details

Double tour time options include:
1) 10:00 - includes 10am Royal cave tour and 11:15 Fairy cave tour (each tour takes approximately 1 hour each).
2) 11:15 - includes 11:15am Fairy cave tour and 1pm Royal cave tour (each tour takes approximately 1 hour each - this tour allows for 45 minute break in-between).
3) 13:00 - includes 1pm Royal cave tour and 2:15pm Fairy cave tour (each tour takes approximately 1 hour each).
4) 14:15 - includes 2:15pm Fairy cave tour and 3:30 Royal cave tour (each tour takes approximately 1 hour each).

Winter timetable:
1) 11:00 - includes 11am Royal Cave tour and 1pm Fairy Cave tour. 2) 13:00 - includes 1pm Fairy Cave tour and 3pm Royal Cave tour.

FAQs
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.

Map

Buchan Caves - Cave Tours

Buchan Caves Reserve

 
 

Directions

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

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