Toboggan & Snow Play Areas. There are two managed areas at Mt
Buffalo National Park. Only plastic moulded toboggans are allowed in the
patrolled areas (see note below regarding toboggans):
Dingo Dell. Aimed mainly at family
groups with young children, Dingo Dell has a great little toboggan slope with a
safe run-out area at the bottom. There is ample space for kids to build snow
men, snow angels and for running about throwing snowballs. The area is
over-looked by a warm and friendly cafe and Day Visitor Centre within Keown
Cresta Valley. While the facilities at
Cresta may be more basic than Dingo Dell the tobogganing is more diverse. There
is a wide range of terrain and scenery on offer but also with a managed area
designated for family oriented fun on a safe and controlled slope. The
opportunity for snow play is also expanded with large open spaces for
Cross Country Ski Trails. Cresta Valley has three groomed ski
trails plus a large untracked/unmarked area for the more adventurous and well
Groomed Trails. Starting from Cresta Car Park
Horn Road, a wide and easy trail, perfect for beginners, leads skiers to the
Horn, the pinnacle of Mt Buffalo. It is 3 km one-way.
The Bogong Loop meanders out
across the plains to the east of the car park and is approximately 1km return,
marked with orange poles
Beginners Loop follows the old service road at Cresta Valley, great for the
first timer on skis and is approximately 500m return, orange poles mark the old
ski slope area.
The 4km trail is a marked
ungroomed trail that heads out through the Giants Playground and back through
the Valley of the Gods. It is marked with orange poles. If conditions allow, we
will make every effort to groom this trail.
The Mt Buffalo plateau offers
a blank canvas of opportunities for those wishing to explore on skis. With a
packed lunch and appropriate safety gear you can have a great day of skiing and
Winter Walks.The temptation to go for a stroll
along a snowy track has proven irresistible for many visitors. However, it is
important that walkers stay off our groomed and marked cross country ski trails
to protect the snow cover and to prevent injury to skiers by ruts caused by
footsteps in the snow. This winter we will have marked walking routes at both
Dingo Dell and Cresta for visitors to enjoy.
For the well-prepared visitor, many of our
established walking tracks can be enjoyed during winter too.
Only plastic moulded toboggans are allowed.
Home-made toboggans using items like car inner-tubes and wheelbarrow buckets
are not permitted, neither are scooter/bike style devices.
Cafe & Day Visitor Area at Keown Lodge
There is a
large car park on Mount Buffalo Road adjacent to the snow play and toboggan
areas at Dingo Dell. Visitors are advised to walk the short section of sealed
road to Keown Lodge to avoid the boggy ground and hidden creeks when going
cross-country from the car park to the toboggan area. The short section of
sealed road leading into Keown Lodge is also used for car parking but tends to
fill up very quickly and once full a Road Closed sign is erected at the
Keown Lodge there is a heated Cafe and Day Visitor Area, toilet, change rooms,
First Aid Room and large windows that look directly out on all the fun.
Visitors can BYO food and drinks to enjoy in the warmth inside. The car park is
a popular place to set up a BYO gas BBQ or stove for a sausage sizzle.
staff patrol the area during the day but are not guaranteed to be there at all
Valley is serviced by: a small car park area, with additional parking along the
road; a new, more spacious long-drop toilet (although a portable toilet trailer
will be used for the first week or so of the season) and a small non-heated
room to change in or to escape the weather. Ranger staff patrol the area during
the day but are not guaranteed to be there at all times. Telstra is the only
mobile phone service provider on the mountain. An aerial booster has been
installed to improve Telstra coverage at the site but weather can impair
winter the car park at The Gorge is not cleared by Vic Roads and at times
access is restricted to foot traffic only. There is limited car parking up near
the Chalet. Visitors are advised that the sealed surface of the road and car
parks can become icy and very slippery. The cold conditions also freeze the
water pipes at the toilet block and to avoid bathroom disasters, the toilet
block at the Gorge may be closed for periods of time. Visitors will need to wait until they reach the facilities at either Dingo Dell, The Cathedral Saddle
or Cresta Valley.
basic first aid facilities at both Dingo Dell and Cresta. Ranger staff patrol
the toboggan and snow play areas during the day but are not guaranteed to be
there at all times. If a medical emergency occurs visitors are advised to call
There is a
medical centre and hospital in Bright:
Medical Centre ph 5755 1000
Hospital ph 5755 0100
tour operators will be offering cross country ski instruction and snow-shoeing
during the winter season. Enquire at local visitor centres or at Dingo Dell, or
is no fuel available at Mt Buffalo. Porepunkah is the nearest fuel station to
provides good phone coverage for Telstra customers at Dingo Dell and Cresta,
and in most other visitor areas on the mountain. Other phone service providers
have poor or non-existent coverage at Mt Buffalo.
Victoria spends a lot of time and money each winter to have rubbish removed
from the mountain. This year we are encouraging our visitors to take their
rubbish off the mountain with them and dispose of it responsibly.
Media and Reports
We aim to
communicate conditions at Mt Buffalo in many ways:
Updates - are
sent via email to all those who request it. The emails contain information on
snow conditions, road conditions, requirement to carry/not carry chains,
condition of toboggan areas, café opening hours, weather forecasts etc.
Information on winter fun is also on Tourism North East website www.visitmountbuffalo.com
manage the Mt Buffalo Tourist Road so they will again be managing the snow
clearing and chain fitting this year. As always after a big snowfall the
priority for the crews will be to clear to Dingo Dell, when that is safe and
clear they will proceed to clear to Cresta and finally to the Chalet car park.
Carrying Snow Chains The requirement to carry snow chains
is assessed daily by staff at Mt Buffalo. When it is identified that there will
be an extended period of fine weather, that will not produce icy or snowy road
conditions, the requirement to carry changes will be revoked. This will be
communicated via signage at the entrance to the park as well as by the email
sent out every morning and on www.ski.com.au
assess there is a weather change that will affect the requirement to carry
chains an additional email will be sent out at 4pm, notifying the change for
the following day.
a couple of options for those interested in coming to camp at Mt Buffalo over
winter. Camping is only permitted in three designated sites: Rocky Creek, Mt
McLeod and Lake Catani. Rocky Creek and Mt McLeod require a booking and fee,
Lake Catani is free and although a booking is not required, park staff would
appreciate a call if visitors are planning to camp.Please call the park
office on 03 8427 2045.
Mt McLeod and Rocky Creek campsites are open during winter however the
walk into those campsites is made longer because the Reservoir Road closes. Therefore,
anyone intending to camp out there needs to be well prepared for camping in
Alpine areas and a long walk/ski. A fee for use is required, book on-line at www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/book-your-stay
Lake CataniCampground. Free camping is available
during the declared snow season, beginning the Friday of Queens
Birthday weekend until the end of August. Access is via a 1km walk/ski off the
main road along the Lake Catani Rd or a 2km walk/ski from The Gorge along the
Gorge/ Catani track. No vehicle access is available. Camping is permitted on
sites within the campground when there is no snow, otherwise on snow cover
around the stone hut. Fires may be lit only in the fireplaces provided and fuel
stoves are recommended. Fire wood cannot be collected within the national park but
is for sale in the wood shed near the stone hut. $15 cash per bag. Campground showers
and flushing toilets are closed during winter, but the pit toilet located
behind the stone hut is open. Water is available from Lake Catani but is not
potable, boil or treat to drink. No camping fees or bookings apply although we
appreciate a call if visitors plan to camp. Phone the Park Office on 03 8427
to Mt Buffalo need to be aware of the following hazards:
creeks across the snow plains at Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley there are
numerous creeks and boggy areas that can be covered by a thin layer of snow
that can collapse under weight. Visitors are encouraged to heed signs and stay
on defined tracks.
Ranger Team Leader
Mount Buffalo National Park
Questions and Answers
Q When does Mt Buffalo open?
national park Mt Buffalo never closes, so as a result it also does not have a formal opening
like some of the snow resorts. The season change and therefore what you can do on your
visit to Mt Buffalo changes with these seasons.