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"Limestone Lodge"
Retreat for weary (and thirsty) cavers


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Taking in the scenery as Stalactites
seem to defy gravity


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The Elk River MX444


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Discovery of the Master Cave

VLCT has recently been involved in one of the most amazing discoveries for decades in the Murrindal region north of Buchan.

In the year 2006 four of our members Eric Munro, Laurie Brown, John and Kim Van Dyk, found an underground river at the "Pot holes".

It had long been muted that a drainage system should exist (in theory at least) to take all the water that was being funnelled into the ground through the caves in the region but no-one had been able to locate the fabled "Main Drain". On the 3rd of March 2006 we finally found the master system, 100metres of streamway which was sumped out at both ends. Several attempts were made by our team to penetrate the sumps to no avail.

Jim Arundale was the diver who made the initial break through only to find further sumps, both upstream and downstream. On a later trip Jim was joined by Agnes Milowka and together they have extended the cave to about 1.7km. and still going

The cave has been named the "Elk River Cave" MX444 and the river is called the "Elk River" named after an amazing speleothem found in the streamway by Eric Munro, which resembled an Elk antler (see pic. in thumbnail to the left). At the time of the discovery we failed to notice that the doline already had a tag which was located high up well away from the bottom of the doline that number is M179.

Throughout the year 2006 we ran several trips into the cave, mapping documenting, photographing and exploring the system. On our seventh trip into the cave we made a connection to M14 Baby Berger. Josh Van Dyk made the initial break through, he free climbed a section of the main pitch in an effort to find out which cave he was in and on our eighth trip we made a reverse trip through the newly discovered connection through Baby Berger. We have continued our efforts ever since to reconnect to the Elk River via other known and new caves along the path of the streamway. We have come tantalisingly close on occasions, even finding a small running stream at the bottom of the Rabbit Trap dig; which almost certainly drains into the Elk River system.

Parks Victoria has been given the location and all the information we have gained from our trips in a manuscript complete with maps, photos and a CD.


One of the most significant events the club has been involved in is the discovery of a Palorchestes Azael skull. Found on a private property owned by the Hulley family at Murrindal (just north of Buchan) in the East Gippsland region of Victoria. The land and the cave are now under the care of Parks Victoria.

The bones were found in a new cave which was dug open by Eric Munro who gave it one last shot when everyone else had given up. He leaned on a small stump; it broke away, leaving a hole for him to follow. He eventually dug through 1.5 metres of soil and rock to expose an 11 metre pitch. The initial working name for the cave was Palaeo Pot. Then later it became known as Bunyip Cave MX441.(Bunyip is believed to have been the Aboriginal word for Palorchestes)

Kim Van Dyk entered the cave first and found the skull wedged high in a rift. The other cavers involved in the exploration were: John Van Dyk, Josh Van Dyk and Laurie Brown.

The almost complete skull has now been removed from the rock and is undergoing restoration. Its unusual structure has caused science to rethink what the animal may have looked like. For pictures of the skull click on link.


Relevent Newsletter articles on Bunyip Cave



Over the years the club has worked in conjunction with Parks Victoria and Palaeontologist's from the Melbourne Museum on a special project piecing together fossil sites from the Buchan area. VLCT members were invited to assist Parks Victoria and a museum representative in the re-entry of Bunyip Cave MX441 to reassess the cave and remove the remaining portion of the skull.


Early in 2005 two of our members, John and Kim Van Dyk, participated in the first sanctioned trip since 1992 into Mandelbrott Cave M308. Kim wrote a report on the event for Parks Victoria.


In August 2005 a group from VLCT ran a trip into Exponential Pot M125 to explore the cave and check for any damage that may have occurred due to an attempted break-in through Albatross Pot. A compact disc complete with photos and a written report on the state of the cave was handed over to Parks Victoria.