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Stalagmites and Stalactites at Buchan Caves Reserve
Photograph: Parks Victoria

These incredible limestone caves in regional Victoria are reopening to visitors

The natural attraction has been closed for months due to weather damage, but the site will reopen in time for Easter

Liv Condous
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Liv Condous

Regional Victoria has no shortage of amazing natural wonders to enjoy, and now one of the state's most awe-inspiring attractions is about to begin welcoming back visitors after crazy rainfall across the Christmas period forced it to close. 

Located in East Gippsland, Buchan Caves truly have to be seen to be believed. The site features two underground caverns that comprise elaborate limestone sculptures, pools, stalactites and stalagmites that came to be naturally over thousands of years. Researchers believe the caves date back to the Devonian period, which was about 400 million years ago – whoa! The caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through layers and layers of limestone rock. 

Unfortunately, when Victoria experienced the insane rain deluge on Boxing Day last year, with 60 millimetres of rain falling in 30 minutes, it caused major damage to the surrounding nature reserve and road network. Parks Victoria was forced to shut the caves during peak tourist season, due to safety concerns. After a huge clean-up job, the attraction is set to reopen on Tuesday, March 26 – just in time for the Easter long weekend

So if you've never been to this phenomenal natural wonder and you're looking for something to do on the upcoming long weekend, let this be our suggestion. It's a long road trip from Melbourne (about a five-hour drive), so if you can't make it quite that far, there are other spectacular natural caves across the state. If you're looking for more options for things to do over Easter, we've got a whole list of ideas right here
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Aww! You can see adorable, tiny bandicoots in the wild at Phillip Island this Easter long weekend

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