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.


Three friends kayak across the waters of Mount Buffalo's Lake Catani.

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 in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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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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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.

  • Rocky Creek Hike-in Camping Area (Mount Buffalo National Park)

    Rocky Creek Remote Campsite Closed until late spring early summer

    The remote walk-in campsite at Rocky Creek will be closed until works can be undertaken to address fire-affected tree risks at the site as a result of the fires in summer 2020. Due to access difficulties over winter, work is likely to be completed by late spring or early summer. Visitors are still able to access the other remote walk-in campsite at Mt McLeod which was not impacted by fire.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2020

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. View the list of 2020 seasonal road closures for details and check the corresponding map numbers with the seasonal road closure 2020 index map for locations of the closures or visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.

    Deer control operation underway

    Deer control is being undertaken in this park between September and December 2020. This operation poses no risk to visitor safety.

  • Dicksons Falls Nature Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

    Dicksons Falls and Back Wall tracks closed due to fire

    The fires during January this year burned through the area from The Horn to Cresta Valley.

    The Dicksons Falls and Back Wall tracks ere impacted and will remain closed to visitors until infrastructure destroyed by the fires is repaired, including bridges and signage.
    Visitors are asked to not use these walking tracks during this period.
    Visitors are able to access the nearby Horn and South Buffalo walking tracks but are asked to remain out of all other burned areas.

  • Mount Buffalo National Park

    Aerial shooting operation underway

    Parts of Mt Buffalo National Park, i.e. the area north west of the Mt Buffalo Tourist Road and the areas south of Cathedral Saddle, will be closed from Monday 21st to Friday 25th September (inclusive).

    This is to ensure safe implementation of an aerial shooting program targeting feral animals, to protect native species impacted by bushfires.

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Mount Buffalo National Park

Mount Buffalo Road
Mount Buffalo VIC 3740
13 1963
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