Buchan Caves Tours
Hours: Tours are available everyday, except Christmas Day.
Booking your Cave Tour tickets online is recommended due to limited spaces, online purchases close at midnight for the following day. To check availability and book tours on the day, please call 8427 2231. For all pre-purchased tickets, arrive at least 30mins prior to a booked tour. On arrival check in at the Visitor Centre to collect cave tour tickets and receive further directions.
2023-24 Tour Pricing:
Single cave tour (Royal or Fairy)
Family (2 adults, 2 children 5 - 16 years) $69.50
Tours of both caves (Royal and Fairy)
Family (2 adults, 2 children 5 - 16 years) $103.70
Tours are released 4-6 weeks prior to each school holiday period.
Single cave tour times
- Start of September school holidays until 31 May: Monday to Friday 10.00am, 12.45pm, 3.15pm with additional tours on Saturday and Sunday 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.15pm, and 2.30pm
- 1 June to the start of September school holidays: Monday to Friday 11.15am and 2.00pm Monday-Friday
- Start of September school holidays until 31 May: 11.15am and 2.00pm
- 1 June to the start of September school holidays: 12.45pm Monday-Friday and tours on Saturday/Sunday 11.15am and 2.00pm
More tours will be made available during peak periods.
Guided Above Ground Tours are currently closed
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.
Location & Directions
Buchan Caves Reserve
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