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Mt Buffalo

  • 30 kilometres west of Bright
  • All-seasons resort in one of Victoria’s leading national parks

Named by explorers Hume and Hovell in 1824, who made out the shape of a resting buffalo in this towering granite mass, Mount Buffalo has always been regarded as a special place. Such is the beauty of this unique landscape that as early as 1856 miners and cattlemen would lead touring parties to see the mountain’s sheer cliffs, imposing granite tors and tumbling waterfalls.

Mount Buffalo was proclaimed a National Park in 1898 making it one of the oldest national parks in Australia. Today, it is just as loved as it has always been. Visitors make their way here at all times of year to enjoy its distinctly beautiful geographical features as well as the many recreational activities on offer.

In summer, the cooler mountain air makes it a pleasure to be active, while in winter the snow transforms the plateau into a skier’s paradise. The melting snow in spring showcases the incredible array of waterfalls and autumn is a bushwalker’s favourite, with cool crisp mornings and beautiful clear sky days.

The Chalet on top of Mount Buffalo was built in 1910 and was the essence of old style hospitality. It exuded a warmth, charm and atmosphere along with one of the most spectacular locations in Australia, situated just in front of a 1,400-metre cliff face. Currently closed, the Victorian Government is negotiating possible long lease arrangements with potential management companies to take the property into the next century. 

Activities and attractions

  • View breathtaking landscapes from 'Bents Lookout', 'The Horn' or one of the many other mountain lookouts
  • Attend one of the free summer activities lead by National Park Rangers and learn about how Mount Buffalo was formed, how the plants and animals interact with their environment and discover some of its secrets 
  • Explore the beautiful and diverse wilderness of Mount Buffalo on a guided walk or pick up a map and explore the park at your own pace.
  • Hire a mountain bike or bring your own and explore the mountain at your own leisure
  • Hire a canoe and paddle around picturesque Lake Catani or hire a fishing rod and try your hand at fly-fishing
  • Enjoy some of the most spectacular rock climbing in Australia and one of Australia’s longest commercial abseils – Adventure Guides Australia organise tours for experienced climbers as well as absolute beginners
  • Take a flight in a powered hang glider or a microlight – the Eagle School of Microlighting will take you for the ride of your life, over the mountain and inside the gorge, pointing out places of interest
  • In winter, come for a day or more of cross-country skiing or just a bit of snowplay. 

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