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In regional Victoria, you may take part in any normally allowed exercise or recreational activity, provided physical distancing limits of 1.5 metres are followed and in groups of no more than 10 people. 

You cannot enter an area in metropolitan Melbourne.

While exercising outside you should avoid sharing exercise or activity equipment and bring your own hand sanitizer and other hygiene supplies.

Only the Dixon's Falls and Back Wall walking tracks are still closed after the Bushfires early this year. These tracks are in the process of being repaired and having burnt bridges etc replaced and will be reopened a soon as is practical.

All other walking tracks are open



February Newsletter


Parks Victoria

February 2017

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Summer at Mount Buffalo National Park - February 2017
  Entrance to Mount Buffalo Chalet
Parks Victoria produces regular video updates to highlight the progress that has been made on the external maintenance works program at the Mount Buffalo Chalet.

This is the second video blog featuring Julien Atherstone, Area Chief Rangers Ovens.

Works are on track and there have been some significant structurual milestones achieved over recent weeks with over 500 stumps replaced, a number of bearers replaced that had been sitting on the ground and external walls reclad. The water supply line from Crystal Brook was also reconnected this week.

The video updates will also be available at along with information about the range of projects underway to improve Mount Buffalo National Park.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the video updates to other interested individuals or organisations.

Parks Victoria encourages interested people to visit Mount Buffalo National Park and spend some time wandering around the Chalet grounds to see for themselves the transformation of the building.


The Buffalo weathervane sitting atop the Chalet, surveying the changes!

Want to find out more?

If you would like further information about any of the projects underway at Mount Buffalo National Park, please contact Julien Atherstone, Ovens Area Chief Ranger on 13 1963.

Parks Victoria plays an important role connecting people with nature. Healthy Parks Healthy People.
Parks Victoria, Level 10, 535 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
Phone 13 1963
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January Newsletter

The Mount Buffalo Chalet is currently closed. see below for information

What is happening at Mount Buffalo CHALET?
The current plan is to make all of the existing buildings weatherproof and safe.
There will also be the development of a Cafe / Day shelter and upgraded toilet facilities in the Gorge Precinct car park area


Parks Victoria

January 2017

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Summer at Mount Buffalo National Park - January 2017
  Snow Daisies in front of The Horn
Welcome to Parks Victoria’s regular newsletter, providing visitors and interested local community members with an update on activities and our ongoing work to improve Mount Buffalo National Park.

There have been brief bursts of summer in the North East over the past few weeks, enough sunshine to wake the mountain.  The mornings are song-filled with the chatter, squawks, croaks, rustles and tweets of birds, frogs and insects; and, across the snow plains, it is like an artist has applied broad brush strokes of vibrant colour.

With the opening of the Lake Catani Campground, works have commenced to upgrade the septic system at Lakeside which will be completed before the end of December. In February, the redesign and refurbishment of the stone structure will commence. The original footprint of the building will accommodate an open-plan picnic shelter with tables and free gas barbeques and an enclosed area with well-lit modern toilet facilities.

We are confident that the end result of a sheltered picnic area over-looking the lake will be highly sought after, and staff are already hearing of locals who plan to escape the heat of late summer by bringing the extended family up to relax and swim at the lake.

The Parks Victoria team looks forward to welcoming you to Mount Buffalo National Park and wishes you and your families a safe and healthy New Year!

Video blog

Parks Victoria is introducing regular video updates featuring Julien Atherstone, Area Chief Ranger Ovens and Cameron Sanderson, the Project Manager overseeing the external maintenance works program at the Chalet.

The video updates will be distributed to everyone who has subscribed to this newsletter and will be available at

Please help us spread the word by sharing the update to other interested individuals or organisations.

  Amanda Smith
Seasonal Ranger Amanda joins Buffalo team

Parks Victoria welcomed Amanda Smith, our latest Seasonal Ranger to the Buffalo team earlier this month. Amanda will work through until Easter and her expertise in guided children and family activities will be a great addition to the team. Amanda plans to reintroduce campfire nights at Lake Catani with damper-making, games, music and good old-fashioned family fun.

A new activity this year will be the Starry Starry Film Night on the slopes at Dingo Dell which will bring the park and its history to life on a ‘biggish’ screen. Further information about the Mount Buffalo holiday program is available on

  Removing the front light for restoration
‘Light on the hill’ to be switched back on!

For many people who live in the Ovens Valley, the sight of the ‘light on the hill’” shining down from the Chalet as they drove along the Great Alpine Road was both a comfort and an inspiration that Buffalo and the Chalet were there. Since the Chalet’s closure, the light has been turned off and Parks Victoria has received many comments from locals and visitors alike that it will be a significant milestone to see the light switched back on.

The lower old train light and the higher spotlight at the front of the Chalet have recently been removed to be refurbished and have energy efficient globes installed. Parks Victoria is delighted to confirm that when the external maintenance works are completed next year, with a newly installed remote power system, the ‘light on the hill’ will be ceremoniously switched back on to signify the new chapter in the Chalet’s history.

Chalet works and Lakeside upgrades

These pictures show some of the recent works underway at Mount Buffalo National Park and we couldn't resist including a picture of Lake Catani with the wildflowers in front of the sign.

The top two pictures are of the Chalet with the windows removed for restoration and the rhodendrons in full blossom as well as restored weatherboards and windows along the north wall. The bottom right hand picture is the commencement of work at Lakeside Day Visitor Area.

  Restored Chalet archway
Chalet’s archway reinstalled

With the $2.8 million external maintenance works well underway, much of the hard work up to this point has been on the not-so-obvious but fundamental projects such as restumping and restoring structural integrity. However, the recent reinstallation of the famous archway at the entrance to the Mount Buffalo Chalet Gardens has been an exciting milestone for Parks Victoria staff and the local community.

The previous archway, with flaking paint and rotten timbers, was taken down several months ago and with precise attention to detail, former Chalet Gardner, Alex Fraser re-routed a new piece of timber, milled to the same standards as previously and the archway is back to welcome visitors to the Chalet.

  Ski lift infrastructure
Removing Mount Buffalo Ski Lifts

For the last 10 years, since the Mount Buffalo Ski Resort closed, the lift infrastructure at Cresta Valley and Dingo Dell has stood unused, rusting and dilapidated.  The impact of changing climate conditions with declining snow falls, combined with the huge costs of reactivating the lifts, has informed Parks Victoria’s decision to run an Expression of Interest (EOI) process next year for the removal the ski lifts.

The removal will both restore the natural values of the site and allow an improved visitor experience with snow play, bushwalking and cross country skiing at the site. The removal will also allow Parks Victoria to consider viable options for the site’s future use as part of the Visitor Experience Plan, ‘Strategic Directions for Mount Buffalo National Park’ currently under development.

Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan

Parks Victoia has released the Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan, the strategy for managing 900,000 hectares of our State, including the Alpine, Baw Baw, Errinundra, Mount Buffalo and Snowy River National Parks, Avon Wilderness Park, Tara Range Park, and Walhalla, Howqua Hills, Grant, Mount Wills and Mount Murphy Historic Areas.

The intent of the plan is to protect and enhance the outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values within the parks. The plan identifies eight strategies to address priority areas:

1. Feral horse control – an integrated approach for public land in the Victorian Alps
2. Deer control
3. Targeted weed containment (brooms, blackberries, willows)
4. Fire management to protect and enhance ecosystems
5. Responding to climate change
6. Landscape-scale fox control
7. Integrated work with all the Traditional Owners
8. Benefits beyond boundaries — weeds and dogs.

Mount Buffalo is one of Victoria’s oldest national parks, dating to 1898 when the government reserved 1165ha around Eurobin Falls. The park now covers over 31 000 ha. One of the goals of the Management Plan is conserve the cultural significance of the historic areas and places. Supporting the management of Mount Buffalo Chalet in accordance with the Heritage Act to enhance visitor experience and conserve heritage is a strategy highlighted in the Management Plan.

For further information about the Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan visit and to read the media release for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D'Ambrosio, click here.

  Dingo in Mount Buffalo National Park
Dingoes – they’re not domestic pets, don’t touch or feed

Dingoes have been seen at Mount Buffalo for many years. Parks Victoria rangers have recently noticed dingoes in areas popular with visitors. This is likely to be a result of dingoes searching for food. Visitors have also been seen feeding dingoes which encourages them to approach people.

Julien Atherstone, Area Chief Ranger, Ovens said: "It's important that visitors do not feed or interact with dingoes as they are wildlife that should not be confused with or treated like domestic pets”.

Julien also said: “Dingoes are listed as a threatened species in Victoria and protected on public land if beyond 3km of private land. The dingoes sighted at Mount Buffalo are beyond 3km of private land.”

Parks Victoria supports the wild dog control program that DELWP currently implements at the base of Mount Buffalo to protect livestock from the impact of wild dogs. The Wild dog control program is developed by DELWP in partnership with the community.

Want to find out more?

If you would like further information about any of the projects underway at Mount Buffalo National Park, please contact Julien Atherstone, Ovens Area Chief Ranger on 13 1963.

Parks Victoria plays an important role connecting people with nature. Healthy Parks Healthy People.
Parks Victoria, Level 10, 535 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
Phone 13 1963