Cresta Valley

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Cresta Valley

Mount Buffalo National Park

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.

Things To Do

Tobogganing

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.

How to get there

Cresta Valley

Facilities

Carpark

Need to know

Cresta Valley

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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Reservoir Road closed

    Reservoir Road has been damaged extensively by a storm on June 8th 2023. Mt Buffalo National Park had 176mm of rain fall in 24 hours. Reservoir Road will be closed indefinitely to vehicle traffic until considerable repairs can be made.

    The closure of Reservoir Road adds an additional 3kms each way for walks to Mt McLeod, Rocky Creek, Eagle Point and Og Gog & McGog.

    Parking is available at the junction of Reservoir  Road and Mt Buffalo Road near the Vic Roads depot.

    The Gorge Coffee Van opening days and hours

    The Gorge Coffee Van opening days and hours of operation
    The Coffee Van is located at the lower end of The Gorge carpark. The Gorge is a great location to start one of the many walks in the Mt Buffalo National Park or to have a picnic.

    The coffee van will only be open weekends until the Saturday, 16th December. With the exception of the following weekends, 2-3 December and 9-10 December, when the coffee van will be closed.
    The coffee van will be open every day from Saturday, 16th December to Monday, 29th January. The coffee van will be closed on Christmas Day. 
    The Gorge Coffee Van opening hours are 10am until 4pm.

  • Mount Buffalo National Park

    Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer – December 2023

    Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.
     
    11-15 December 2023
    18-20 December 2023
     
    See attached map for details.
     
    For more information about the program and park closures, please visit this link.

    Attachments: Mt Buffalo aerial operations Information sign (275KB)

  • Lake Catani Campground (Mount Buffalo National Park)

    Lake Catani Campground campfire pits only (no bbq plates or billy hooks)

    The campfire pits at Lake Catani Campground are currently being reconstructed. The old concrete slabs and swinging bbq plates and billy holding arms have been removed to be replaced with prefabricated campfire places using larger concrete pads and metal surrounds. Currently the campfire places consist only of dirt bases and rock surrounds. If you would like to cook on an open fire you will need to bring your own self-standing bbq plate and a tripod for a billy or pot. Free gas bbqs and picnic tables are available at the Lakeside Picnic Area. This area is a short walk from the campground.
    We apologise for any inconvenience and are working towards getting the new fireplaces in-situ as soon as possible.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Control operations (ground shooting) targeting deer are undertaken in this area.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.
     
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

Nearby

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

Dingo Dell

Facilities at Dingo Dell include a designated toboggan slope, open areas for snow play, first aid room, take away food and drinks, toilets, and a marked snowshoe track to the hilltop above.
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