Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 95 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11AM TILL CLOSE Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm Dinner 6pm - 8pm PH: 5155 9203 Marg & Greg Brick owners 49 Main Road, Buchan PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT SWIFTS CREEK OMEO BUCHAN ORBOST MARLO CAPE CONRAN Discover magic beneath the hills The magnificent limestone caves of Buchan are internationally renowned, their honeycombed beauty attracting visitors from right across the globe all year round. Buchan Caves Reserve is one of the 10 jointly managed parks with its traditional owners, the Gunaikurnai Aboriginal people. Planning to visit Buchan Caves Reserve during the autumn? You will be blown away by the reds, golds and browns on the deciduous trees that dot the beautiful parklands and landscape. Perhaps, if the summer heat is lingering, take a dip in the freshwater swimming pool located in the reserve. Then, once you’ve appreciated the above ground beauty, head below ground to experience the beauty of a completely different world. The famous Buchan Caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock 400 million years ago. The cave decorations are created by rain water seeping through cracks and dissolving some of the limestone. As each droplet comes through the roof it deposits calcite which crystallises in a small ring. In time, stalactites are formed on the roof of the cave, and stalagmites build up from droplets which fall to the floor. Discover the beautiful calcite-rimmed pools of Royal Cave and the elaborate stalactites and stalagmites of Fairy Cave on a guided tour. Guided tours are conducted daily and online bookings are recommended. Besides the underground cave tours, you can relax with a picnic or a barbecue and enjoy one of the surrounding walks. There is a kiosk and gift shop onsite selling a selection of snacks, beverage and souvenirs. Why not extend your stay and book a night in one of the wilderness camp tents, cabins or pitch a tent? If you have a larger group, upgrade to the comfort of the Caves House. Explore the limestone underground wonders of the world-famous Buchan Caves.

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