Note: At the time of writing, there are partial closures at Buchan Caves Reserve. Check with Parks Victoria before heading out.
If you’re driving out to East Gippsland, we suggest making a pit stop at the Buchan Caves, an incredible set of limestone caves that have to be seen to be believed. Researchers have dated the caves back to the Devonian period, which was about 300-400 million years ago. The caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through layers and layers of limestone rock. The formations inside the caves were created by rainwater seeping through cracks in the roof depositing calcite and crystallising in the form of stalactites and stalagmites. These days visitors can get up close and personal with the calcite-rimmed pools of Royal Cave and the incredible stalactites and stalagmites of Fairy Cave, which make up the Buchan Caves Reserve. Guided tours are conducted daily, with all caves fitted with walkways and lighting for easy access.