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Mount Buffalo National Park

Mount Buffalo National Park
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Get closer to nature at Mount Buffalo National Park. This spectacular 'island in the sky' is home to plants found nowhere else on Earth. Sheer cliffs, granite tors, waterfalls and big views make Mount Buffalo a must-see alpine retreat. Hike through stunted Snow Gum forests, toboggan in Cresta Valley, camp at Lake Catani - and admire the view from the Horn. There's something to do in every season. Camp in the company of wombats on the shores of Lake Catani, an idyllic spot high in the Alps that's perfect for a swim. Follow the Lakeside Walk through twisted Snow Gum forests. Check out the view from The Horn, the highest point in Mount Buffalo National Park at 1,723m. Watch Australian Kestrels dive on Bogong Moths at sunset.
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Denise P
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granite tors, blue skies, snow , lovely vistas
Jul 2021
Mt Buffalo and the walk towards the Horn was picture perfect. There was just enough snow for some keen cross country skiers , and beautiful vistas but not enough to hamper walkers who did not have crampons.
Written 23 July 2021
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,502 contributions
Great drive
Mar 2021
I took a Sunday Drive up to the Cresta Valley car park, and very much enjoyed quality roads, with lots of vista outlooks and a stunning view up to the mountain peaks.

Well worth the explore to many many walking trails
Written 23 May 2021
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,040 contributions
Great Walks and Views at the Summit
May 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed the drive to the top of Mount Buffalo. It was very busy with lots of visitors. The Gorge Heritage Walk was very pleasant, easy terrain (few steps) and great vistas over the valley. Don’t forget your camera. Unfortunately, there was some haze which detracted from the stunning views.
Thanks for your vote.
Written 2 May 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia24,261 contributions
Spectacular Mountain & Views
Apr 2021
Mount Buffalo has to be the most spectacular and interesting of the mountains in the Victorian Alps. Dotted with massive granite outcrops and spectacular views and open aras woth a lake, it has it all.
Written 14 April 2021
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SteamFreak
4 contributions
Incredible Place!
Mar 2021
Amazing place. Fantastic hiking, skiing, rock climbing, abseiling available, or just take in the amazing views or waterfalls from the many lookouts in the national park.
Written 1 April 2021
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Peter S
Rome, Italy3,260 contributions
Catch comfortable weather and this is a world class venue with images of the country to appreciate.
Nov 2020
Review covers Mt Buffalo National Park

It was mid-November and we’d just been released from city-wide lock down … we’d booked an AirBnB in the ‘High Country’ for a week and based ourselves in Bright. What a contrast; what a change from >8.5 months of Melbourne suburban home living.
We’d skirted the Mt Buffalo plateau a couple of times during the week with this massive geographical feature standing separate from and to the north of the main ranges that make up the Alpine National Park. Out there was the Australian Alps Walking Track that misses Mt Buffalo and follows the peaks across the state border into the Kosciuszko National Park all the way to Canberra. Now there’s an adventure; imagine, 655 km on foot with a backpack.
And, mid-week, we chose the mountain for our destination that day.
We caught a clear day on the Horn – at >1,700 m the highest point on Mt Buffalo – where you gain that that sense of height and distance; the greys, greens, browns and blues of rock, vegetation and shade that make up the surrounding countryside. Gorgeous, spectacular terrain and not least because we were seeing it for the first time.
Leave your car in the park just below the Horn - it’s a flat-deck/fenced promontory that you see as the road continues to wind upwards to the car park at the rear. From there you’ve about a km on foot to the highest point in the park with that spectacular 360 deg. panorama. Views that will stay with you forever. This is the country as you may never have seen it. The walk is steep in places, but well-marked (from all those thousands of others who predate you). Lots of rocks to clamber over or squeeze though. Take your time.
In November we caught the vegetation re-capturing the landscape from fires that had clearly been through during the previous year or two – tangled black wood tinged with bright green leaf/buds everywhere … botanical resilience reasserting itself; and the absence of enclosed/dense bush close to the ground provided that added sense of spaciousness. There were heaps of exposed rocks everywhere. You could see more of your surroundings. How long should you stay at the top? How long is a piece of string? Choices, choices when there is so much to see and do on the mountain even if, like us, you were rarely more than 30 minutes from the car.
You may already know of Mt Buffalo as one of the first of the Victorian Alpine resorts from the turn of the 20th century with that well-developed rail network in place across the state and the construction of the Chalet drawing the mainly well-heeled to the high country throughout the year; walking the bush trails became fashionable, and so too did those early nascent winter activities – tobogganing, downhill and cross-country skiing. We stopped in the ‘Cresta Valley’ snow field/area to look around. Sure, August is snow-time and in November this is simply a car park with huts and a short ski lift. Everything was locked and the infrastructure looked semi-abandoned. Climate warming and those lower altitude fields no longer snow covered in recent years – someone will know?
We stopped in the car park beneath the Chalet and followed the signs to the various lookout points – Echo and Hang Glider and the places in between – following the security fence that separates and protects you, but still enables you to capture that sense of height and risk when looking out over those 200 m high cliff faces. The place was a large building site during our visit – renovation, steps, fencing & signs.
Further down the mountain – on the single main road in/out of the park – there’s a couple of popular waterfalls that are within easy reach; follow the path/signs uphill. Lady Bath Falls is a first option; lean over the bridge and reflect on the thousands who came before you. You can hop down from the bridge and take a dip in the pool at the base of the falls. Challenging on a cold day when the water is … COLD. Instead, we spent time building dams.
The Eurobin Falls are more challenging – more walking uphill and with lots of steep stairs; you can hang on to the fence rail and pull yourself along. Flow was limited in November and you have to ask yourself if ….. That said, sure, you can make it … you come all this way and then don’t make the effort. Imagine!
Mt Buffalo provided our family of six with a great day out – and at no additional cost – everywhere was available gratis … well, apart from a couple of coffees. Facilities were well marked, pathways were robust and easy, signposts were new, fencing was secure and there was much to see … complimenti to the park team – their investment in time/effort/budgets with care for the natural environment across the mountain. The parts that we saw were looking good.

Peter Steele
10 March 2021
Written 15 March 2021
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Clare B
Vienna, Austria58 contributions
Views
Mar 2021 • Friends
Beautiful views from the viewing areas of the Mt Buffalo lookout as long as you don’t mind kilometers of driving on windy roads. Although the Mt Buffalo Chalet is currently closed there was a coffee van in the car park the day we visited.
Written 10 March 2021
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ShanoP
Melbourne, Australia225 contributions
Magic mountain 🏔
Jan 2021 • Family
Magic place we started at the Eurobin falls and had a swim at ladies baths at the waterfall. We drove up to Mackeys lookout which is amazing and then walked up the track on the Big Walk for about an hour. Bloody amazing !! Could spend a day wondering thru there and walking quite easily. Pack a picnic as there’s not much up top. Views to die for and Lake Catani looks awesome also
Written 20 January 2021
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Kathy G
39 contributions
Fabulous mountain
Jan 2021
Winding up the road through the trees was one of the most beautiful drives for me and a wonderful cycling trip for my husband. The chalet was beautiful, and I wish it was open for visitors to explore. The views from the walkways are spectacular. We drove further up to the horn, and was not disappointed. Amazing. Can't wait to return for further exploration hikes.
Written 19 January 2021
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Michelle N
Melbourne, Australia367 contributions
Beautiful views
Jan 2021 • Couples
Fantastic views from the top near the old Chalet. Huge pieces of granite rock and rolling hills in the distance. Lots of cute lizards around too.
Written 14 January 2021
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