Victoria have implemented some changes to snowplay operations this year as part
of public health measures.
Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times
Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people
Check that the park is open
We recommend visiting the snowplay areas mid-week
rather than on busy weekends
Bring your own hand sanitiser
If a car park is full, no more people can visit that
site. Do not join vehicle queues or park illegally.
Be self-sufficient with extra warm clothing, spare dry
clothing, food and water.
will be a limit on the number of visitors permitted into the park at any one
time. Once capacity is met, entry to the park will be temporarily halted to
manage visitor numbers. Vehicles will
be permitted to enter as other vehicles leave. Parks Victoria staff will be at
the park entry to assist visitors and monitor vehicle numbers.
Toboggan & Snow Play
Parking will only be permitted along the access road into
This will be monitored throughout the day and vehicles will
be allowed to enter as other vehicles leave.
The main car park on Mount Buffalo Road will be closed.
Please continue to Cresta Valley if the
access road is full.
The café and day visitor centre in Keown Lodge is open.
They will be offering a takeaway café service
only with limited operating hours and menu options.
Toilets will be available.
There will be no indoor shelter available.
Cresta Valley The
facilities at Cresta are more basic than Dingo Dell, however the tobogganing and
snow play experience is more diverse.
is the start of the crosscountry ski trails.
is no indoor shelter available.
are available, please ensure physical distancing of 1.5m when queuing
sanitiser is supplied in the toilets.
is no water supply at Cresta. Please be self-sufficient by bringing your own
food and drinks.
is limited Telstra mobile phone reception.
Country Ski Trails Cresta
Valley has three groomed ski trails plus a large untracked and unmarked area for
the more adventurous and well prepared:
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 2 ½ km one-way.
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.
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.
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 exploring.
Winter Walks All
walking tracks are open for walking during winter. There are marked walking
routes at both Dingo Dell and Cresta for visitors to enjoy. Please stay off our
groomed and marked cross country ski trails to protect the snow cover and to
prevent injury to skiers from ruts caused by footsteps in the snow.
well-prepared visitor, many of our established walking tracks can be enjoyed during
plastic moulded toboggans are allowed. Home-made toboggans using items like car
inner-tubes and wheelbarrow buckets are not permitted, neither are scooter/bike
Other areas to visit
are encouraged to use areas other than Dingo Dell and Cresta for snow play. We
recommend parking at the Chalet, opposite the park office near the Monolith
Track, Crossmans Mill and the Cathedral Saddle as they all provide areas to safely
park and access the snow away from the road.
During winter, the car park at The
Gorge is not cleared by Vic Roads and at times access is restricted to foot
There is limited car parking near the
Visitors are advised 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 which may lead to
the temporary closure of the toilets at the Gorge.
Visitors will be able to use facilities at
either Dingo Dell, Cathedral Saddle or Cresta Valley.
There are 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 always be there. If a medical
emergency occurs visitors are advised to call 000.
There is a medical centre and
hospital in Bright:
Medical Centre ph 5755 1000
Hospital ph 5755 0100
Activities Licenced 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 search on-line.
is no fuel available at Mt Buffalo. Porepunkah is the nearest fuel station to
Phone Coverage Telstra
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:
Daily 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, cafe opening hours,
weather forecasts etc. Information on winter fun is also on Tourism North East
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 Please check our website for access to Rocky
Creek. At time of going to print, this campsite was in the process of being
re-opened following fires earlier this year.
Lake CataniCampground Free camping is available
during the declared snow season, beginning the Friday of Queens
Birthday weekend until the end of August.
is via a 1km walk or 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 camp on snow cover around the stone hut.
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. A local farming family supply
the firewood. Please ensure that payment is made before taking.
showers and flushing toilets are closed during winter, but the pit toilet
located behind the stone hut is open.
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 4025.
to Mt Buffalo need to be aware of the following hazards:
Hidden 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.