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.
Set amongst picturesque snow gums, this idyllic and family friendly camping area offers 49 campsites. Some sites are suitable for small caravans and campervans while others are suitable for car camping and tents only. Walk-in campsites provide campers with even quieter surroundings.
There is also a special area set aside for schools and social groups, and several campsites are available for visitors with limited mobility, along with a separate accessible toilet and hot shower.
Though campers are required to be self-sufficient with drinking water, the scenic campground contains everything else you need for a comfortable stay - from flush toilets and hot showers to dishwashing and laundry sinks. A historic stone hut features benches and tables and two fireplaces for shared use. Great for rainy days.
Nearby, a picnic shelter overlooks Lake Catani at the popular Lakeside Day Visitor Area. The shelter has accessible toilets, free gas barbecues and tables. This area is the perfect setting for picnicking , enjoying a cool swim, fishing or paddling a canoe.
As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Lake Catani is a safe and enjoyable one.
Things to do
The Gorge and Mount Buffalo Chalet
Ladies Bath and Eurobin Falls
Mount Buffalo National Park
Remote hike-in camping
How to get there
Lake Catani Campground
When you're there
Lake Catani Campground and its adjoining day visitor area are in a central location on the Mt Buffalo plateau and within easy access to The Gorge and numerous walking tracks. Download the Mount Buffalo National Park Visitor Guide before you go, for information on walks and other activities.
Lake Catani Campground booking information
Camping at Lake Catani is seasonal. The campground is closed in the shoulder periods between the summer and winter seasons.
Summer and holiday periods
Summer camping at Lake Catani is available from the beginning of November (Melbourne Cup weekend) until the end of April and campsites must be booked online in advance. Advance online bookings apply at Lake Catani Campground for selected holiday periods. Refer to the information on peak season bookings for release dates and minimum booking periods.
From the Friday prior to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June until the end of September, camping is available at Lake Catani for free. No booking is required. Lake Catani Campground is only accessible by skiing, snowshoeing or walking. The track into Lake Catani is a seasonal road and is closed from the Thursday before the June long weekend until the end of October. The road closure may remain in place longer if the track is impacted by snow. The campground amenities are closed during winter. However, a pit toilet located behind the Stone Hut is open for winter campers.
Need to know
Lake Catani Campground
The Lake Catani camping area has several campsites that are well-suited for visitors in wheelchairs as they are located on reasonably level ground and are located within 50 metres of the visitor amenities building. The most accessible sites are sites 2, 3, 11 and 12.
Access to the toilets and showers from the campsites is from one of several compacted gravel paths that meander through the trees from the various campsites, with some paths wider than others.
There are no designated disabled parking bays in the camping area but campsites have sufficient space for vehicles to be parked close to the tents.
The unisex accessible toilet and shower has its own separate entrance in the visitor amenities building.
Download the Lake Catani Campground Accessibility Guide for detailed information.
- No generators
- No horses
- No dogs, cats, or other pets allowed
- No fires permitted outside of existing campfire structures
- No firearms allowed
- No drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft
- Speed restrictions apply
- Fees apply
Safety in nature
Mount Buffalo National Park is in the North East fire district. Bushfires can occur during the warmer months. It is your responsibility to check current and forecast weather conditions. Campfires cannot be lit on days of Total Fire Ban, however gas cookers can be used for preparing food.
Check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban at emergency.vic.gov.au, on the Vic Emergency App or call the Vic Emergency Hotline 1800 226 226.
To ensure that you and your companions stay safe, always remember that the natural environment can be unpredictable. At Lake Catani, be aware of difficult terrain, tree falls and both shallow and deep water. Keep to tracks and keep your eyes out for snakes and other wildlife which are more active in the warmer months. Before you go, look at our safety tips.
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
Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer - Mount Buffalo NPParts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.14-18 November 202221-25 November 20228-12 May 202329 May-2 June 20235-9 June 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Mt Buffalo Aerial Shooting Information (430KB)
Lake Catani Campground (Mount Buffalo National Park)
Purchasing of firewood from Lake Catani CampgroundThe honesty system for the payment of firewood is no longer in place.Firewood bags can be purchased at 11am only each day from a Ranger in the campground.If there are volunteer camp hosts staying at Lake Catani Campground (in the canvas tent next to the firewood shed), firewood can be purchased between 9-10am and 4-5pm from the volunteer camp host. However, do not rely on a camp host being onsite to assist with the purchase of firewood as there are periods of time where we don't have volunteers in place.If you aren't able to be in the campground at 11am please bring your own firewood from home.Firewood can be purchased for $15 per bag. CASH ONLY.Note: the collection of firewood within a National Park is not allowed.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Ground shooting operations targeting deerGround shooting operations targeting deer will be undertaken in these areas from December 2022 to December 2023. These parks will remain open to visitors during operations.Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains, Mount Bogong, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains, Foothills and Southern Alps)Buchan Caves ReserveBurrowa-Pine MountainCape Conran Coastal ParkCabbage Tree Creek Flora ReserveErrinundra National ParkLake Tyers State ParkBaw Baw National ParkMount Buffalo National ParkMount Mitta Mitta (Mittamatite) Regional ParkMount Mitta Mitta Flora ReserveMount Lawson State ParkMount Granya State ParkMountain Creek Education AreaPheasant Creek Flora ReserveWabba Wilderness ParkWilsons Promontory National ParkFor more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.