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 on one of four marked cross-country ski trails and two marked snowshoe walks. Visitors are asked to not walk on groomed ski trails as foot tracks create hazards for skiers.
When the snow melts, the grassy plains burst into bloom and make for some scenic and invigorating walks.
This winter with restrictions caused by COVID-19 there will be systems in place during anticipated busy periods, such as the school holidays and weekends, to ensure the safety of staff and visitors and compliance of restrictions.
At these busy times, Parks Victoria staff will limit the number of visitors permitted into the park at any one time. Once capacity is met, entry to the park will be temporarily. Vehicles will be permitted to enter as other vehicles leave. Parks Victoria staff will be at the park entry to assist visitors and monitor vehicle numbers. A message sign at the roundabout at Porepunkah will show the current entry conditions and any expected delays.
The following will also apply:
- Indoor shelter will not be available during school holidays and weekends, and will not be guaranteed at other times.
- Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times
- Do not gather in groups of more than 20 people
- Visitors are encouraged to come well prepared – bring sufficient food, drinks, warm and waterproof clothing, spare dry clothing etc.
- If the car park is full, no more people can visit that site. Do not join vehicle queues or park illegally.
Things To Do
The dedicated toboggan area is only available when there is adequate snow and is marked with fencing and signage. All toboggan users must walk up the side of the slope to avoid being hit by those coming down the hill. Conditions on the toboggan slope can deteriorate late in the day due to freezing, making the snow very fast and rock hard. Only moulded plastic toboggans are allowed. Check the daily snow report in the Change of Conditions section below.
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Need to know
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.
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.
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 underwayDeer control (ground shooting) is being undertaken in this park between September and December 2020, to protect native species impacted by bushfires. This operation poses no risk to visitor safety.
Mount Buffalo National Park
Aerial shooting operationParts of this park will be closed Monday 26 to Friday 30 October 2020.This is to ensure safe implementation of an aerial shooting program targeting deer and feral animals, to protect native species impacted by bushfires.See attached map for details.
Attachments: Mt Buffalo National Park aerial shooting control area Oct 2020 (470KB)