Mount Buffalo National Park

Mount Buffalo National Park

Mount Buffalo National Park

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Mount Buffalo National Park

Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Taungurung Traditional Owners have to Mount Buffalo National Park, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Get closer to nature at this spectacular 'island in the sky', home to plants found nowhere else on Earth. Sheer cliffs, granite tors, waterfalls and big views make Mount Buffalo a must-see alpine retreat. Hike through stunted Snow Gum forests, toboggan in Cresta Valley, camp at Lake Catani - and admire the view from the Horn. There's something to do in every season.

Camp in the company of wombats on the shores of Lake Catani, an idyllic spot high in the Alps that's perfect for a swim.

Follow the Lakeside Walk through twisted Snow Gum forests and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Check out the view from The Horn, the highest point in Mount Buffalo National Park at 1,723m. Watch Australian Kestrels dive on Bogong Moths at sunset.

Mount Buffalo is home to charismatic Australian wildlife and 550 species of native plants, including plants found nowhere else on Earth, such as the Buffalo Sallee tree.


A path leads to tents at Lake Catani Campground at Mount Buffalo National Park

Lake Catani Campground

Discover magnificent waterfalls and remote alpine landscapes while camping within beautiful Snow Gum woodlands beside Lake Catani in Mount Buffalo National Park.

A family take a cross country skiing lesson at Dingo Dell at Mount Buffalo National Park

Dingo Dell

Dingo Dell in winter is the ideal location for tobogganing, snow play and snowshoeing. In summer it is possible to walk up the old ski slopes to the top of the ridge for views across the plateau.

Two people cross country skiing at Cresta Valley in Mount Buffalo National Park.

Cresta Valley

Cresta Valley is a perfect all-seasons playground. In winter grab your trusty snow gear and enjoy family-friendly tobogganing and snow play or head out the marked cross-country ski trails or snowshoe walks. When the snow melts, the grassy plains burst into bloom and make for some scenic and invigorating walks.

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know the all best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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Mount Buffalo National Park

Understand the risks associated with back country skiing and snowboarding. Beware of unstable and deep snow, steep icy slopes, cornice formation, avalanches and extreme weather.

Snow chains must be carried on all days as indicated by the signage at the Entrance Station. This applies to all classes of vehicles, including four-wheel drives. They must be fitted when and at the location indicated by road signage. Failure to do so endangers you and your family. Penalties apply.

Take note of all warning signs, they are there for your safety.

When to go

Long days and warmer temperatures offer all sorts of opportunities at Mount Buffalo. Hike, canoe, swim, picnic, cycle, rock climb, abseil or hang glide – choose your adventure.
From December to March grassy plains on the plateau are decorated with a diverse array of wildflowers, and animals return to the plateau after spending winter in the lower foothills.

Camping

Camp in the company of wombats on the shores of Lake Catani, an idyllic spot high in the Alps that's perfect for a swim.
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Need to know

Mount Buffalo National Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Mount Buffalo National Park

    Seasonal road closures 2022

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

    Requirement to carry vehicle chains

    The Mt Buffalo Road is a declared hazardous road from 1st June through to 7th October.  Vehicle wheel chains may be required to be carried throughout this period. An assessment is made prior to each day as to whether snow chains are required. This decision is based on forecasted snow below 1600 metres or the current road conditions are considered hazardous from snow and/or ice.
    A Mount Buffalo Snow Report is posted daily on the Mt Buffalo National Park web page. Click on the orange tab at the top of the page '!This are has reported issues'. This report provides information on current snow conditions and whether chains are required to be carried and also if they are currently being fitted.

    Mount Buffalo Snow Report 05/07/2022

    Mt Buffalo National Park Snow, Road and Weather Daily Report
    Time: 08.30hrs                       Date: Tuesday 5th July
    Current conditions
    Fresh snow
    Snow cover
    Temperature  
    Dingo Dell Visitor Centre
    No new snow
    0.0 Rain in the last 24hrs
    Patchy
      1°
    @ Mt Buffalo Park Office
    Dingo Dell Shelter open – 10.30 to 4.00pm
    Mt Buffalo Ski School shop open at Dingo Dell
    Café open today 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
     
    Tobogganing
    Status
    Condition
    Dingo Dell – elevation 1420m
    Open
    Very poor conditions on the main toboggan slope. Large areas of dirt/mud. Areas off to each side of the official toboggan slope have more snow.
    Cresta Valley - elevation 1480m
    Open
    A wider selection of slopes to choose from as Cresta is at a higher elevation and the slopes get less sun.
     
    Snowshoe Trails
    (Marked with snowshoe signs)
    Status
    Condition
    Open
    patchy
    Sentinel – 1.5km
    Open
    fair
    Cresta – 2kms
    Open
    fair
     
    Cross Country Trails
    Status
    Last Groomed (date)
    Beginners Loop
    Patchy
    12 June
    Bogong Plain
    Patchy – large areas without snow
    12 June
    Horn Road
    Patchy – still able to ski the full distance to the Horn lookout. Some thin areas.
    25 June – no grooming until we get more snow
     
    Vehicle chains
    Status
    To be carried
    No
    Currently being fitted
    No – road clear of snow and ice
     
    Weather forecast for Falls Creek, Northeast (most like Mt Buffalo):
    Tuesday 5 July
    Summary Min -5Max 3Partly cloudy. Chance of any rain: 10%
    Partly cloudy. Winds south-easterly 20 to 30 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon.
    Comments: Cold temperatures at night and rock-hard snow in the morning. Snow softening throughout the day. Toboggan and cross-country ski with care.
     
    View the Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley snowcams at
    Mt Buffalo Weather Station
    The Mt Buffalo Parks Victoria office has a new weather station on the roof (elevation 1320m). For current weather conditions and forecasting download the Davis WeatherLink app. Set Mt Buffalo Parks Office in your favourites. The Mt Porepunkah Fire Tower is the next closest Davis weather station to Mt Buffalo.
    If you would like to receive the Mt Buffalo Snow Report email amanda.smith@parks.vic.gov.au
    Mt Buffalo Snow Reports are also posted on the Parks Victoria Mt Buffalo web page – click the tab ‘!This area has reported issues’. https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/mount-buffalo-national-park
     

    Mount Buffalo Snow Report 05/07/2022

    Mt Buffalo National Park Snow, Road and Weather Daily Report
    Time: 08.30hrs                       Date: Tuesday 5th July
    Current conditions
    Fresh snow
    Snow cover
    Temperature  
    Dingo Dell Visitor Centre
    No new snow
    0.0 Rain in the last 24hrs
    Patchy
      1°
    @ Mt Buffalo Park Office
    Dingo Dell Shelter open – 10.30 to 4.00pm
    Mt Buffalo Ski School shop open at Dingo Dell
    Café open today 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
     
    Tobogganing
    Status
    Condition
    Dingo Dell – elevation 1420m
    Open
    Very poor conditions on the main toboggan slope. Large areas of dirt/mud. Areas off to each side of the official toboggan slope have more snow.
    Cresta Valley - elevation 1480m
    Open
    A wider selection of slopes to choose from as Cresta is at a higher elevation and the slopes get less sun.
     
    Snowshoe Trails
    (Marked with snowshoe signs)
    Status
    Condition
    Open
    patchy
    Sentinel – 1.5km
    Open
    fair
    Cresta – 2kms
    Open
    fair
     
    Cross Country Trails
    Status
    Last Groomed (date)
    Beginners Loop
    Patchy
    12 June
    Bogong Plain
    Patchy – large areas without snow
    12 June
    Horn Road
    Patchy – still able to ski the full distance to the Horn lookout. Some thin areas.
    25 June – no grooming until we get more snow
     
    Vehicle chains
    Status
    To be carried
    No
    Currently being fitted
    No – road clear of snow and ice
     
    Weather forecast for Falls Creek, Northeast (most like Mt Buffalo):
    Tuesday 5 July
    Summary Min -5Max 3Partly cloudy. Chance of any rain: 10%
    Partly cloudy. Winds south-easterly 20 to 30 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon.
    Comments: Cold temperatures at night and rock-hard snow in the morning. Snow softening throughout the day. Toboggan and cross-country ski with care.
     
    View the Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley snowcams at
    Mt Buffalo Weather Station
    The Mt Buffalo Parks Victoria office has a new weather station on the roof (elevation 1320m). For current weather conditions and forecasting download the Davis WeatherLink app. Set Mt Buffalo Parks Office in your favourites. The Mt Porepunkah Fire Tower is the next closest Davis weather station to Mt Buffalo.
    If you would like to receive the Mt Buffalo Snow Report email amanda.smith@parks.vic.gov.au
    Mt Buffalo Snow Reports are also posted on the Parks Victoria Mt Buffalo web page – click the tab ‘!This area has reported issues’. https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/mount-buffalo-national-park
     

    Mount Buffalo Snow Report 05/07/2022

    Mt Buffalo National Park Snow, Road and Weather Daily Report
    Time: 08.30hrs                       Date: Tuesday 5th July
    Current conditions
    Fresh snow
    Snow cover
    Temperature  
    Dingo Dell Visitor Centre
    No new snow
    0.0 Rain in the last 24hrs
    Patchy
      1°
    @ Mt Buffalo Park Office
    Dingo Dell Shelter open – 10.30 to 4.00pm
    Mt Buffalo Ski School shop open at Dingo Dell
    Café open today 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
     
    Tobogganing
    Status
    Condition
    Dingo Dell – elevation 1420m
    Open
    Very poor conditions on the main toboggan slope. Large areas of dirt/mud. Areas off to each side of the official toboggan slope have more snow.
    Cresta Valley - elevation 1480m
    Open
    A wider selection of slopes to choose from as Cresta is at a higher elevation and the slopes get less sun.
     
    Snowshoe Trails
    (Marked with snowshoe signs)
    Status
    Condition
    Open
    patchy
    Sentinel – 1.5km
    Open
    fair
    Cresta – 2kms
    Open
    fair
     
    Cross Country Trails
    Status
    Last Groomed (date)
    Beginners Loop
    Patchy
    12 June
    Bogong Plain
    Patchy – large areas without snow
    12 June
    Horn Road
    Patchy – still able to ski the full distance to the Horn lookout. Some thin areas.
    25 June – no grooming until we get more snow
     
    Vehicle chains
    Status
    To be carried
    No
    Currently being fitted
    No – road clear of snow and ice
     
    Weather forecast for Falls Creek, Northeast (most like Mt Buffalo):
    Tuesday 5 July
    Summary Min -5Max 3Partly cloudy. Chance of any rain: 10%
    Partly cloudy. Winds south-easterly 20 to 30 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon.
    Comments: Cold temperatures at night and rock-hard snow in the morning. Snow softening throughout the day. Toboggan and cross-country ski with care.
     
    View the Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley snowcams at
    Mt Buffalo Weather Station
    The Mt Buffalo Parks Victoria office has a new weather station on the roof (elevation 1320m). For current weather conditions and forecasting download the Davis WeatherLink app. Set Mt Buffalo Parks Office in your favourites. The Mt Porepunkah Fire Tower is the next closest Davis weather station to Mt Buffalo.
    If you would like to receive the Mt Buffalo Snow Report email amanda.smith@parks.vic.gov.au
    Mt Buffalo Snow Reports are also posted on the Parks Victoria Mt Buffalo web page – click the tab ‘!This area has reported issues’. https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/mount-buffalo-national-park
     

    Mount Buffalo Snow Report 05/07/2022

    Mt Buffalo National Park Snow, Road and Weather Daily Report
    Time: 08.30hrs                       Date: Tuesday 5th July
    Current conditions
    Fresh snow
    Snow cover
    Temperature  
    Dingo Dell Visitor Centre
    No new snow
    0.0 Rain in the last 24hrs
    Patchy
      1°
    @ Mt Buffalo Park Office
    Dingo Dell Shelter open – 10.30 to 4.00pm
    Mt Buffalo Ski School shop open at Dingo Dell
    Café open today 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
     
    Tobogganing
    Status
    Condition
    Dingo Dell – elevation 1420m
    Open
    Very poor conditions on the main toboggan slope. Large areas of dirt/mud. Areas off to each side of the official toboggan slope have more snow.
    Cresta Valley - elevation 1480m
    Open
    A wider selection of slopes to choose from as Cresta is at a higher elevation and the slopes get less sun.
     
    Snowshoe Trails
    (Marked with snowshoe signs)
    Status
    Condition
    Open
    patchy
    Sentinel – 1.5km
    Open
    fair
    Cresta – 2kms
    Open
    fair
     
    Cross Country Trails
    Status
    Last Groomed (date)
    Beginners Loop
    Patchy
    12 June
    Bogong Plain
    Patchy – large areas without snow
    12 June
    Horn Road
    Patchy – still able to ski the full distance to the Horn lookout. Some thin areas.
    25 June – no grooming until we get more snow
     
    Vehicle chains
    Status
    To be carried
    No
    Currently being fitted
    No – road clear of snow and ice
     
    Weather forecast for Falls Creek, Northeast (most like Mt Buffalo):
    Tuesday 5 July
    Summary Min -5Max 3Partly cloudy. Chance of any rain: 10%
    Partly cloudy. Winds south-easterly 20 to 30 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon.
    Comments: Cold temperatures at night and rock-hard snow in the morning. Snow softening throughout the day. Toboggan and cross-country ski with care.
     
    View the Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley snowcams at
    Mt Buffalo Weather Station
    The Mt Buffalo Parks Victoria office has a new weather station on the roof (elevation 1320m). For current weather conditions and forecasting download the Davis WeatherLink app. Set Mt Buffalo Parks Office in your favourites. The Mt Porepunkah Fire Tower is the next closest Davis weather station to Mt Buffalo.
    If you would like to receive the Mt Buffalo Snow Report email amanda.smith@parks.vic.gov.au
    Mt Buffalo Snow Reports are also posted on the Parks Victoria Mt Buffalo web page – click the tab ‘!This area has reported issues’. https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/mount-buffalo-national-park
     

Mount Buffalo National Park

Mount Buffalo Road
Mount Buffalo VIC 3740
13 1963
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