The Buchan Caves are a group of limestone caves that include the "Royal Cave" and the "Fairy Cave", they have a total length of between 3 and 4 km and includes six entrances. Daily tours highlight the caves house calcite-rimmed pools that sparkle like glitter and the fairy cave feature stalactites and stalagmites. The caves are lit right up in places and hold a constant temperature of 17°C all year-round. There are caves that are for "permit only" cavers also surrounding the two main caves.
The caves were marked it as a reserve in 1887, but it wasn't until 1907 that a man named Frank Moon ventured down through the cracks and discovered the glistening caves dripping with fresh water and, also it was rumoured that he caught mountain trout in there!
An enterprising fellow, Moon, relayed his discoveries to the press and he was granted funding by the government for further exploration of the cave.
Moon turned his beloved caves into a major tourist attraction, he was passionate about this, and his wife Sabina and their nine children, lived in a house on the cave reserve.
An incredible amount of work from installing stone stairs into the caves, to creating a cave-water fed swimming pool and glorious pathways around the reserve are still enjoyed today not to mention the beautiful shady American and Canadian trees planted in the hills, are enjoyed by all who visit.
He named his eldest daughter "Fairy Moon" after the cave. She was then married rather glamorously in front of 50 guests in the cave to Francis James Hansford, a cave guide, and then they also had nine children. Stories of the wedding made for exciting press coverage, one guest revealing the bride had to walk down the steep stairs carrying the long train of her wedding dress as she went down.
The moon family also had racehorses with such names as Royal Cave, Cave Girl, Cave King and Cave Queen.
The Moon's lived incredibly long lives, Frank moon retiring at age 60.
Fairy Moon's son was named "Cave". He was also involved in the Buchan Caves and was 86 when he passed away just a few years ago. He also had nine children.
There are speculation that there is something special in the cave water, providing virility and long lives to cave dwellers.
First published: 03 April 2017