If you only have a short time to spend in Mount Buffalo National Park, the Gorge is the place to visit. Home to historic Mount Buffalo Chalet, the Gorge is perched on 200m sheer cliffs and commands fantastic views over the Alps. Enjoy one of the easy but rewarding walks and bring a picnic.
The Gorge is a perfect daytrip for people holidaying near Bright. There are picnic facilities and toilets, including accessible facilities for disabled visitors. And there's plenty to do, with a number of viewpoints from which to enjoy the stunning Alpine panoramas, the chalet and a range of walks. Some of the walks have benches for rest stops, making the Gorge an excellent place for people who are less mobile.
Things to do
At Ladies Bath Falls, water cascades into a perfectly clear pool of water, while at Upper and Lower Eurobin Falls, Crystal Creek spills spectacularly over a formidable granite escarpment.
Discover magnificent waterfalls and remote alpine landscapes while camping within beautiful Snow Gum woodlands beside Lake Catani in Mount Buffalo National Park.
Enjoy a picnic with a view at The Horn before climbing to the highest point in Mount Buffalo National Park and surveying the folded mountains of the Great Dividing Range stretching into the distance.
How to get there
The Gorge and Mount Buffalo Chalet
Mount Buffalo is 325 kilometres, or three and a half hours’ drive, northeast of Melbourne along the Hume Highway. Either take the Snow Road exit just before Wangaratta or continue along the highway to the Great Alpine Road (B500) exit. Watch out for native animals, especially early in the morning and at dusk. Take care driving during winter. The main road is often snow covered. Snow chains must be carried and fitted when and where directed by road signs during the declared snow season.
Need to know
The Gorge and Mount Buffalo Chalet
Recent Mount Buffalo Chalet maintenance works
Contractors on site
After recent snowfall, 11 May 2020.
Refurbishment of large bullets to provide gas heating for the building, 6 May 2020.
Generator replacement project underway
6 May 2020.
Re-cladding of the kitchen wall
6 May 2020.
North Wing repaint and repair (after)
After 24 April 2020.
North Wing repaint and repair (before)
Before 24 April 2020.
North Wing protection works
22 April 2020.
New weatherboards arrive
Weatherboards arrive for re-cladding work, 20 April 2020.
New solar system
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.
Lake Catani Campground (Mount Buffalo National Park)
Lake Catani Campground CLOSEDLake Catani Campground is currently CLOSED.Winter camping at Lake Catani is from Queens Birthday long weekend in June through to 31st August each year. The toilet, showering and laundry facilities are closed during this period. A pit toilet behind the Stone Hut is open for winter camping use. No booking is required.Summer camping is from the Friday before Melbourne Cup long weekend at the beginning of November and the campground is closed at the end of April. All facilities are open for this duration. Campsites must be booked online and in advance.Remote camping at Mt McLeod and Rocky Creek campsites are open year round and require an online booking. These sites are NOT accessible by car and require lightweight overnight hiking equipment and reasonable fitness to walk to.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Mt Buffalo Seasonal Road ClosuresExtension of Mt Buffalo National Park Seasonal Road ClosuresAffected roads:
These roads will remain closed until the weather and road conditions improve. Each road will be assessed on an individual basis.Carparking for overnight hiking into the remote campsites at Mt McLeod and Rocky Creek is at the junction of Reservoir Road and Mt Buffalo Road (near the Vic Roads depot).
- Mt Buffalo Road from Cresta Valley to The Horn Picnic Area (The Horn Road)
- Reservoir Road
- Lake Catani Campground circuit road (closed)
Mount Buffalo National Park
Mount Buffalo Road - requirement to carry vehicle snow chainsThe Mt Buffalo Road is a declared hazardous road from 1st June through to 7th October. Vehicle snow 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. This report provides information on current snow conditions and whether chains are required to be carried and also if they are currently being fitted.
Mt Buffalo - vehicle snow chain carrying requirement
The requirement to carry vehicle snow chains on the Mount Buffalo Road has been lifted.If this requirement changes due to forecasted snow this report will be updated.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Planned deer control operations - Eastern RegionPlanned deer control operations - Eastern Region
More information on temporary park closures for aerial shooting operations will be provided in the coming weeks
- Alpine National Park
- Mount Bogong & Bogong High Plains
- Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains
- Foothills and Southern Alps
- Buchan Caves Reserve
- Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
- Cape Conran Coastal Park
- Coopracambra NP
- Croajingolong NP
- Errinundra NP
- Lake Tyers State Park
- Baw Baw NP
- Mount Buffalo NP
- Snowy River NP
- Upper Murray - Wabba Wilderness, Burrowa Pine NP, Mt Mittamitite
- Wilsons Prom NP