Everyone I know seems to have gone on a school camp to Buchan Caves.
So, I made sure I went there on a recent trip to East Gippsland.
The drive into town was spectacular. The road curved down the mountain, as the rolling green hills spread out before us, for as far as the eye could see.
On arrival, we booked the double cave tour, as they both seemed to have something to offer, and walked the short distance to the Royal Cave entrance.
The Royal Cave has stalactites, stalagmites and tranquil pools of water. The paths were well lit and fairly easy to navigate - no shimmying through tunnels - PHEW!
Time for a quick snack before we wandered a little further along the road, to the Fairy Cave entrance.
The welcoming committee of moos and roos greeted us at the top of the hill.
The Fairy Cave was like being inside Elsa's Ice Castle in Frozen. All shimmers and sparkles, the cave looked like it was decorated in crystals, with stalactites and stalagmites resembling shards of ice.
Both caves were a very comfortable temperature of around 17 degrees on the Autumn day we visited, making this a great place to be on a hot Summer's day.
Outside, we had time to go for a walk around the grounds, breathe in some fresh air and have our picnic lunch, before hitting the road again. The bush setting was lovely and looks like it would be a great place to camp for the night and explore the area some more.
During the Summer, there are 5 scheduled tours a day - and more are added during the very busy holiday periods. There's also a 3rd cave, Federal Cave, that is sometimes open for tours.
What: Buchan Caves
Where: Caves Rd, Buchan
Why: Caves, nature
How Much: Prices vary
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