The Victorian Speleological Association (VSA) aims to explore and chart the extensive cave systems in Victoria (Australia) and elsewhere, to represent the interests of Victorian cavers to the relevant authorities, and to encourage the preservation of caves in their natural state. There are over 800 caves in Victoria, many of them on private property. In addition to its exploration, campaigning and conservation work the VSA may oversee recreational expeditions underground for the general public.
The VSA has been actively involved with the exploration of sinkholes and caves at Nullarbor Plain. These have proved a rich source of megafauna fossils and the Association was instrumental in the discovery and recovery of a rare Thylacoleo skeleton in 2002. The significance of such discoveries was great enough to warrant a special report on the ABC science show, Catalyst which aired on Australian television in 2006.
The VSA is a corporate member of the Australian Speleological Federation Inc. (ASF) which is part of the International Union of Speleology. As a member, VSA must adhere to the ASF code of ethics, risk management and cave safety standards. More information about these and other standards as well as other information relating to ASF can be found on the links page.
Homeleigh is a former guesthouse and the original Buchan Pub in eastern Victoria, which was purchased by the Rimstone Cooperative in 1974. The cooperative was formed by members and friends of the VSA to secure a place for cavers to stay in the Buchan area at a discounted price. The cooperative acquired Homeleigh and has been using funds from accommodation fees to maintain and renovate the property to improve facilities for its members and guests. If you are caving around Buchan, you are more than likely staying at Homeleigh.