I believe I hiked all the available walking trails as a child with my older sister. She managed to drag me out of my sleeping bag in the middle of the night to hike by torch light so we would be on one of the highest points to watch the sun rise. Reg and I have since continued this love of bush walking and hiking the ranges.
Have you heard the bell birds in the Australian bush?
How to Get There
Mount Buffalo National Park is about 320 km north-east of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway and Great Alpine Road. Allow about four hours drive time. Approach the park by the winding but sealed entrance road from Porepunkah, near Bright. Tyre chains must be carried in winter.
- Explore the network of walking tracks that lead to delightful waterfalls, great lookouts and amazing granite formations.
- Take in the fantastic views of the Australian Alps from a number of spectacular lookouts throughout the park.
- Camp at Lake Catani and enjoy swimming or canoeing.
- The adventurous can try hang gliding or rock climbing. Mount Buffalo is a top Australian venue for both. Parks Victoria has installed a Rockclimbing/Abseiling Intentions Book at the information shelter in the Gorge carpark (which is found in front of the Mount Buffalo Chalet) and further information about it is available here.
- Discover summer wildflowers, unique alpine flora and a range of fauna, including wombats, wallabies, echidnas, lyrebirds and flame robins.
With the onset of the warmer months, Mount Buffalo comes to life as the wildflowers begin to bloom and animals return to the plateau after spending the cold winter in the lower foothills. A range of activities such as bush walking, canoeing, swimming, picnicking, sight seeing and bike riding are available to visitors. Rock climbing, abseiling and hang gliding challenge the more adventurous.
Gorge Day Visitor Area
- Spectacular lookouts with views of the Australian Alps.
- Picnic tables and a public shelter.
- Public toilets.
- Picnic tables set on the banks of Lake Catani.
- Walking tracks /swimming /fishing /canoeing.
- Public toilets.
No roofed accommodation exists on Mt Buffalo this year. The Mount Buffalo Chalet and Café are currently closed while a new lease holder is being sought. There is a wide range of accommodation in and around Bright.
Mount Buffalo is a great location for camping. Please note that fees apply.
To make a booking call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or book online.
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