Friday, September 21, 2018  
 
News & Updates
Requirement to carry chains cancelled from 20 September
20-09-2018 
The requirement to carry chains to Mount Buffalo has been lifted as of 4 pm Thursday 20th September. We will advise if this changes. 

SNOW CAMPING AT LAKE CATANI ENDED 31ST AUGUST
05-09-2018 
The last day of snow/winter camping at lake Catani camping ground was Friday 31st August - the camping ground will reopen on November long weekend and be open through to the end of April


STILL GOOD SNOWPLAY AT MOUNT BUFFALO
18-09-2018 
With 10 cm of spring snow at Dingo Dell and 20 cm at Cresta valley, Mount Buffalo is still providing fun sightseeing snow, snow play, tobogganing and even some limited cross country skiing.  - free entry and no charges to park or to access the slopes (Remember to carry chains - fit as directed, and to bring your winter woollies plus sunscreen). 

DINGO DELL CAFE HOURS
05-09-2018 
Dingo Dell Cafe and day shelter is open 10 am to 4 pm Mondays and Tuesdays and 10 am to 5 pm Wednesdays to Sundays during the snow season (while we still have snow for tobogganing)


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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