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Published March 26th 2010
The wonders of our world never cease to amaze. Visiting the incredible Buchan Caves, near the township of Buchan, is a journey into an incredible honeycomb of caves filled with natural limestone formations.
Formed by a series of ancient rivers slowly etching their way through limestone rock over 400 million years ago, the caves are indeed spectacular. Stalactites line the roof of the caves, while monumental stalagmites have built up from droplets of rain water that fall to the floor and deposit calcite, which then crystallises into a small ring.
The main caves are the Royal and Fairy Caves. The Royal Cave has some beautiful calcite-rimmed pools, while the Fairy Cave features some pretty amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Guided tours run daily at various times and more often during holidays.
Claustrophobics needn't worry as they're spacious enough to allow plenty of air and a sense of ample space. They're well-lit and have concrete pathways, so you can banish all images of shimmying your way through tight spaces on your tummy. Not required.
The reserve itself is a wonderful playground to explore. There's a swimming pool, walking tracks, picnic ground and a Visitor Information and Interpretation Centre. There are many species of native birds and animals, including bellbirds, lyrebirds and the Eastern Grey Kangaroo.
If you're really keen to get to know and enjoy the area more fully, you can also camp at one of the powered or unpowered sites, or book a fully self-contained unit if roughing it is not your thing.
Buchan Caves Reserve is 360 km from Melbourne, north of Lakes Entrance. From Bairnsdale, drive to Bruthen and take the Buchan Road.
If you'd like to know more so you can plan ahead and make the most of your trip, see the Visitor's Guide.
Cancel the sentence 'Claustrophobics needn't worry'- if you say this you havent suffered from the phobia... buchan is a beautiful place and well worth a visit, but this isnt a day trip by any means, it is a 5 1/2 hour drive from melbourne!
By Aliso - reader Sunday, 16th of December @ 11:20 pm