Monday, November 20, 2017  
 
News & Updates
MOUNT BUFFALO SPRING RANGER UPDATE
20-10-2017 
With the snow gone, work is well underway to get ready for the summer season. Work is being carried out across the park to clear tracks and to fix and improve infrastructure. Visitors may experience some disruption to services and access to some areas.

Eurobin FallsAccess above the Lower Eurobin Falls Track will be restricted while work to repair and replace steps is undertaken. Signs will be in place to advise visitors while work is underway. Access
to the Lower Eurobin Falls and Lady Bath Falls
is open to visitors during this time but staff and contractors may be moving along the track with materials and machinery.Dates:  3 weeks 18/10 to 10/11

The Gorge Access to the lower end of The Gorge car park will be restricted while work is completed to upgrade the septic system.

Visitors will still have access to the Stone Hut and the Echo Point & Hang Glider Lookouts while work is being completed. Access to the Underground River will be via View Point Track. There will be increased truck and machinery traffic on Mount Buffalo Road to the Gorge and within the car park area. The toilets may be closed for a short period when the new system is connected but portable toilets will be placed in the car park during this short period of time.Dates: 23/10 to 25/11

‘The Horn Road’ Mount Buffalo Road from Cresta to The Horn. The Seasonal Road Closure on ‘The Horn Road’ remains in place until Thursday before Melbourne Cup weekend. The gravel section of road from Cresta to ‘The Horn’ will be graded before it
reopens. Visitors may experience trucks and machinery traveling on Mount Buffalo Road during this time.

Walking Tracks. Rangers will be systematically making their way along our track network to clear them of fallen timber and brush cut overhanging vegetation. If you would like to report any tracks that have trees down across them please leave a note in the Park Visitor Centre at the ranger station.

Cheers Michelle

Michelle Doherty Ranger Team Leader Ovens Area, Mt Buffalo National Park

T:  8427 2581 I 
M: 0417 157 940 I E: 
michelle.doherty@parks.vic.gov.au



Archive
BIKE RIDING AT MOUNT BUFFALO

BUFFALO ROAD - VALLEY TO THE SUMMIT

This bike ride is one of the most popular hill climbs in the region and requires a good level of fitness and a bike with suitable gearing for the task. Riders can either finish their ascent at the Gorge precinct car park, or continue further out to Dingo Dell (When the Cafe is open)

Daylight suitable headlights and taillights are recommended as these provide other vehicles earlier visibility of you and your bike both when traveling up or down the road, a few seconds may provide room to avoid an accident. Note that many drivers that visit the mountain are inexperienced at driving on mountain roads.  

Keep rider pack sides small and distances between packs or bikes sufficient to allow cars safe passing and return to lane. The road is narrow and winding with poor visibility due to bends, shadows and trees obscuring the road ahead for drivers.

Do not wave vehicles past, allow them to chose their own time to pass safely as they would with a slow car.

The valley to the summit ride is also a part of the Seven Peaks Ride http://www.7peaks.com.au/mount-buffalo/

Distance 23km     Rise 1,119m    Grade Average 5%     Grade Max 11%

Arguably the steadiest climb and very consistent gradient. Terrific vistas and one of the best descents of the 7 Peaks.

TRACKS AND TRAILS

Most tracks are for the use of hikers and walkers only and are not for use by bike riders. However, there are small number of management vehicle tracks and roads where bike riding is permitted. These include, the Gorge to lake Catani track, the Horn road, the Reservoir road and the Mt McLeod Track

GORGE TO LAKE CATANI CIRCUIT An excellent ride suitable for mountain or general use bikes is to start at the Chalet precinct car park and travel first to lake Catani and the camping ground along the walking path, management vehicle track, then return to the gorge via the sealed Mount Buffalo road.

USEFUL INFORMATION

NEW RIDE HIGH COUNTRY WEBSITE RESOURCE

Information on road and mountain biking, rides, locations etc from Tourism North East

http://www.ridehighcountry.com.au


BICYCLE NETWORK RESOURCE

There is useful information on bike riding, safety, etc at the cycling peak body website - https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/