Home to the popular tourist destination of the Buchan Caves which are full of incredible limestone formations is Buchan Reserve. A reserve where many flock not only to explore the famous Buchan Caves but also for campers, hikers and nature lovers. Others opting to visit for a day trip with many picnic areas to relax in the tranquil setting.
From the camping area it is a short stroll to Buchan Caves. How many camping places in Victoria are you able to camp this close to such amazing caves?
For campers arriving late at night there is a dedicated area to set up camp for the night.
5 Reasons to visit Buchan Reserve
The surrounding areas are amazing. Ensure you plan your trip well and allow plenty of time to explore. I would suggest weeks rather than days. Many use Buchan Reserve as a base camp to explore nearby areas others using it as a stepping stone.
- Buchan Caves
- Walking tracks
- Picnic grounds
With an information kiosk it is a great place to recharge as you plan the rest of your adventure in the Gippsland region. Here you can collect maps whether it be to navigate your way on your road trip or walking trails. You’ll find the team members very friendly and keen to assist. There are a number of walks on offer, some were closed on our visit due to bush fires. Check what trails are open before you go to avoid disappointment.
The area is clearly sign posted with the trails having information boards.
For those not staying at the reserve you can pay a minimal fee and have a nice hot shower. For those free camping this is a great opportunity to freshen up. One thing we were shocked to see still existed here was a good ole Telstra public phone booth!
- BBQ/picnic areas
- Communal Camp fire places – wood supplied
- Camp kitchen
- Laundry facilities
- Information centre
- Camping sites – powered/non powered
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Walking trails
- Public phone booth
We had a lovely time camping for 1 night at the Buchan Reserve. It was the start of a 3 night getaway to explore some of the Gippsland Region of Victoria. Sadly on our visit the Buchan Cave tours were booked out. It was during Covid-19 restrictions and the number of people allowed into the caves had been drastically reduced. To avoid disappointment ensure you book in advance.
The journey to Buchan Reserve made me reminisce the fun times I’d shared in my childhood with my late parents. A place where kangaroos roam the camp ground. Sitting by the communal camp fire you can see them grazing and jumping around as you chat to fellow campers.
Some of the walking tracks were closed due to the bushfires that ravaged the Gippsland Region the previous year. We however still had a lovely time exploring the reserve and relaxing. It was good to see how the forest was recovering from the fires. So many of the trees had new lush green growth.
Nearby places to explore
Don’t be fooled, nearby may appear close, however the travel time is a lot longer than one thinks. Below are some of the places we explored on our 4 day escape to the scenic Gippsland Region of Victoria.
- Little River Falls, Wulgulmerang East
- Little River Gorge, Wulgulmerang East
- McKillops Bridge, Deddick Valley
Buchan Reserve Location
Buchan Reserve is situated in the Gippsland Region of Victoria north of Lakes Entrance.
- Caves Road, Buchan
- Approximately 355km, 4 hrs 5mins from Melbourne CBD
- Approximately 56km, 40mins from Lakes Entrance
Have you explored this scenic part of the Gippsland Region? If you have we’d love to hear about your adventure or any other places you think we should visit.