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Melville Caves Road, Brenanah VIC 3517

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  • Caves
  • Huge impressive boulders
  • Lookout with breathtaking views
  • Walking tracks
  • Trees and rocks for kids to climb
  • Picnic tables
  • Free camping available down the road
  • Hideout of 19th century bushranger, Captain Melville
Melville Caves lie atop a spectacular rocky mountain within the Kooyoora State Park in Brenanah, Victoria. 

Featuring a scenic lookout, walking tracks and caves, Melville Caves are a fantastic place to spend the day exploring. 

These caves are named after notorious bushranger Captain Melville who used the caves as a hiding place and lookout in the mid 19th century. 


Melville Caves are formed beneath huge outcrops of granite which are sprawled across the mountainside, and the views from the top are simply breath-taking. 

There are multiple caverns and pathways beneath/through the giant rocks. 

The main cave has two levels and a small staircase which helps you get through safely. 

Picnics at Melville Caves

At the carpark there are multiple picnic tables. Some are right by the parking area and others are set over the other side of the road. 

There's a great picnic area at the foot of the mountain, along with a well-equipped free campground on the way up to the top. 

Walk to Melville Caves

The walk to the caves from the top car park takes roughly 20 minutes and takes you alongside gorgeous, gigantic rock formations. 

You will also pass a well structured lookout, which offers incredible views and a monument showing the names/directions of many visible landmarks.

Keep an eye out along the way for little signs at the base of shrubs/trees which state their common and scientific names.

Scenic view from the clearing up alongside Melville Caves.

The path winds down a short set of steps before opening out into a clearing. 

Straight ahead you will see a seat located at the edge of a drop off, so if you are taking this walk with small children then be particularly cautious at this spot. 

From this point forward there are a lot of sudden cliffs and uneven ground.

The path to continue to the caves is well signed and to the left of this clearing. You will find the caves right around the corner. 


Large shelter at the Melville Caves Campground, Brenanah VIC

On your drive up to Melville Caves along Melville Caves Road you will pass the Melville Caves Day Picnic Area as well as the Melville Caves Campground.

The spacious campground features multiple separate campsites with picnic tables, fire pits with wood fire barbecue plates. 

A large undercover area features a beautiful long wooden table which incorporates huge stone blocks into its design. This undercover area is surrounded by layers of decorative stone blocks. 

A toilet block offers two non-flush toilets. 

Find out more about the Melville Caves Campground.


An 1855 cartoon of a bushranger robbing a traveller. Courtesy State Library of Victoria, ID MP00/00/56/21.

Melville Caves are named after notorious bushranger Captain Melville who used the caves as a hiding place and lookout in the mid 19th century. 

Melvill's Cave. Mt. Kooyoora, formerly the haunt of the notorious bushranger Captain Melville, c 1860 - 1869.
Source: State Library of Victoria

The above image of Melville Caves from the 1860's shows the enormous boulders with far less trees than seen today.


Children will love clambering over the rocks and climbing trees, but make sure they are well supervised because there are dangerous cliffs surrounding the area. 

One of the trees alongside the beginning of the walking track is a great one for kids to climb.

Can you take your dog to Melville Caves?

Dogs are allowed at the Melville Caves Campground, but not at the caves, picnic area or walking track. 
  • Melville Caves Campground: Dogs allowed on lead
  • Melville Caves Lookout: Dogs not allowed
  • Melville Caves Walking Track: Dogs not allowed
  • Melville Caves Picnic Area: Dogs not allowed

Also of interest


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Kids love to climb! There are plenty of places throughout the Goldfields with great trees, rocks, fallen logs and more for kids to climb up, around and over.
  • There are many great places throughout the Goldfields that offer gorgeous, panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.


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