Mount Buffalo Roofed Accommodation

Project status

May 2022:

The construction tender has now closed. The successful tenderer will be announced shortly.

 

Background

Parks Victoria is building brand new roofed accommodation at Mount Buffalo National Park. The aim is to create comfortable and sustainable accommodation that caters to visitors of diverse backgrounds and abilities. By providing diverse accommodation options at Mount Buffalo, we’re giving more people the chance to enjoy the park and extending the economic benefits to local economies all year around.

Mount Buffalo is part of the Taungurung cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Taungurung people have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

 

Providing diverse options for accommodation in Victoria’s parks is just one of the ways Parks Victoria is connecting parks and people, enhancing people’s experiences in our unique and magnificent parks. 

 

The Victorian Government is investing in range of infrastructure improvements to strengthen Mount Buffalo National Park and the surrounding area as a key tourism drawcard. Learn more about bushfire recovery projects at Mount Buffalo here.

 

Project benefits

Visitors

The roofed accommodation at Mount Buffalo has been designed to be comfortable in both the height of summer and the depths of winter, ensuring visitors can enjoy experiencing this landscape in all seasons. It has also been designed to be accessible for visitors of diverse abilities.

Environment

The accommodation has been designed to use sustainable materials and to be energy efficient and sympathetic to the surrounding alpine landscape.

Economy

At present it is only possible to camp at Mount Buffalo. By providing this new roofed accommodation option, we’re allowing more people to stay in the park comfortably throughout the year. This will extend the economic benefits of visitors to the region to local economies beyond peak holiday seasons.

 

 

Project funding

The Victorian Government is investing $1.5 million to build new roofed accommodation in the Mount Buffalo National Park.

 

The project

This is a historic moment in the history of Mount Buffalo given it’s the first new roofed accommodation to be added to the site in almost 70 years.

 

The project will see brand new accommodation units built on the site. The accommodation will be built at the quiet lookout behind the Chalet. Once it is completed, visitors to the accommodation will be able to enjoy spectacular views across stunning landscapes of Mt Buffalo. The distinctive accommodation has been designed to be energy efficient and built from sustainable, bushfire-resistant materials.

Artist’s impression of the new Mt Buffalo roofed accommodation

 

Project timeline

Subject to on-ground conditions and any public health directions that may be in place, works on the accommodation will begin onsite in September 2022. Works will be complete and the new accommodation ready for bookings in early 2023. This timeline will be updated as the project progresses.

Environment and cultural heritage management

Parks Victoria will undertake assessments, studies and surveys across the life of this project to identify and protect environmental and cultural values. The necessary permits and approvals will be sought before works commence.

 

Who are we working with?

On this project we're working with state and local government agencies, tourism bodies, the local communities and other stakeholders throughout the project.

 

Access changes

There are currently no access changes to the site. Parks Victoria will advise on any necessary access changes closer to the time that construction on the site commences in late 2022.

 

Related news 

Learn more about bushfire recovery projects at Mount Buffalo.

 

Stay up to date

 

To stay up to date as this project progresses, sign up to receive Mount Buffalo Community Updates here

 

You can also email us at engage@park.vic.gov.au.

 

Learn more about visiting Mount Buffalo National Park.

 

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