Saturday, April 20, 2019  
 
News & Updates
NEW RULES FOR BUS PARKING
15-04-2019 
Please be advised a new bus drop off / pick up point has been constructed at the Mount Buffalo Chalet for improved pedestrian safety

This is located out the front of the Chalet garden, opposite the entry to the Gorge Car Park. Please note there is now NO BUS PARKING in the Gorge Car Park. (Larger than 12 seater vehicles)

Access to the new bus drop off / pick up point can be reached by driving directly up towards the Chalet and utilising the Chalet Car Park as a turn-around point before dropping off or picking up guests.

For stops longer than 5 minutes, buses can park at the large space opposite the Parks Office on Mount Buffalo road (near the entry to the Monolith walking track).

Safety is paramount to Parks Victoria and thanks all licensees for their understanding.

For further information or clarification, please contact Adam Kerry on 0499 018 384 or call 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au


CHALET TOURS AND JUNIOR RANGER ACTIVITIES
04-04-2019 
There will be Chalet tours 18 April to 15th May plus Junior Ranger activities during the School Holidays see "ACTIVITIES" drop down menu

DINGO DELL CAFE AND GORGE COFFEE VAN SCHOOL HOLIDAY AND EASTER HOURS
01-04-2019 
DINGO DELL CAFE - Will open Wednesday 3rd April to Friday 5th April and then stay open 7 days a week over the Victorian School Holidays and Easter - 6th to 23rd April
The Cafe is located in a family friendly day public day shelter with, tables, toilets and change rooms. You are welcome to bring your own food and use the facilities in the shelter as it is a public area.
Hours 10 m to 5 pm

GORGE COFFEE VAN - Will be closed 2nd to 5th April and will reopen Saturday 6th April. The van will remain open 7 days a week (weather permitting) during the Victorian School Holidays and Easter 6th to the 23rd April
Hours 10 am to 4 pm

CAMPING AT LAKE CATANI
18-12-2018 
Camping at lake Catani is open through to the end of April (Book at the Parkweb website). There are also two "outstation" hike in camp areas out near the reservoir, bookings essential. 




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THE GORGE 





The Mount Buffalo National Park has been protected for over a century with thousands of visitors arriving every year to see the dramatic rock formations, sheer cliff faces, imposing granite tors and tumbling waterfalls for which the park is famous. The Gorge Day Visitor Area offers several good vantage points, in particular Bents Lookout and Echo Point which give stunning views of the sheer 300 metre North Wall and surrounding valleys.

SOUTH SIDE (GORGE PRECINCT)
There are a number of lookouts on the South Side of the Gorge including Bents Lookout (with excellent interpretative signage showing history and information on the views in the distance), Echo Point (Where you can call out and hear your Echo return after bouncing off of the North Wall Of the Gorge) and the disabled lookout (with wheel Chair access)

Walking further along from Echo Point you will arrive at the Hanglider Ramp Lookout where,if you are lucky, you can wonder at the courage of the pilots as they leap off of the ramp into the air to soar like birds into the sky.

The South Side Stone Hut provides good shelter in wet weather and even has two fire places (You need to bring your own wood)

GORGE HERITAGE WALK
The Gorge Heritage Walk starts at Bents Lookout at the top of the car park and takes you around to the North Wall of the Gorge where there are lookouts that enable you to view crystal brook falls and also various views of the North Wall itself where you may see climbers inching their way up the cliff.

You can also hike out to other locations such as Manfields lookout and the sites of some of the original huts taht were used by the Manfield family when bringing tourists to the mountain in the early days of Tourism at Mout Buffalo.

FACILITIES
There is a toilet block and there are a number of picnic tables surrounding the Gorge Car Park. A short walk along the Gorge Heritage walk and you will arrive at the cricket ground where there are additional picnic tables and a good area for playing ball games. There is also a fireplace to cook on but only usable outside of the fire danger periods. (You need to bring your own wood)
there are NO BBQ facilities at the Gorge Car Park

WIDLIFE
It is not unusual to see parrots and other native birds at the gorge car park (They should not be fed as this is harmfull to wild birds) Watch out or the Ravens or a Currawong will steal your lunch!
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Pied Currawong

Sometimes you may even see a lyre bird scratching around in the bush surrounding the car park.
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Superb Lyrebird

WALKING TRACKS
The Gorge is the end point for the Big walk commencing at the entry station to Mount Buffalo. (or the start if you are walking down)
Other walks include
      The Underground River walk
      The Monolith walk
      The lake Catani Walking Track

Parks Victoria maps and walk information for the big walk and many of the other walks can be downloaded at www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_display.cfm?park=151