Seeking an operator for Mount Buffalo Chalet Cafe

Thursday 19 November, 2020

Experienced operators are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to provide a year-round café experience within the historic Mount Buffalo Chalet.

The Mount Buffalo Chalet is a landmark heritage building built in 1910, uniquely positioned at ‘the Gorge’ at the top of Mount Buffalo in Victoria’s high country. It commands spectacular views across the Alps, Mount Hotham and surrounding valleys.

The Chalet has been closed since the 2006/07 fires. This EOI provides a unique opportunity for experienced operators to bring a quality food and beverage offering, showcasing local produce, inside the iconic Chalet, surrounded by the natural beauty of Victoria’s North East.

The first stage of the EOI is open from Thursday 19 November 2020 to Sunday 31 January 2021. Applicants are invited to clearly define their vision for the café. Short-listed stage one applicants will be invited to submit a full business case in stage two of the EOI. The café is expected to open in summer 2021/22.

Visit the Parks Victoria website for more information and to apply - www.parks.vic.gov.au/eoi.

The Mount Buffalo Chalet Café is part of package of initiatives to activate Mount Buffalo National Park and surrounds as a year-round tourism destination. Other initiatives include $1.5 million for recent upgrades to the Gorge Visitor Area, $1.5 million for development of eco accommodation in the park, and further investment to maintain the heritage values of the Mount Buffalo Chalet.


Quotes attributable to Chris Corbell, Regional Director Eastern Victoria, Parks Victoria:
“Mount Buffalo National Park is an iconic year-round destination for nature lovers, adventurers and families, and an important site for our local tourism industry.”

“Inviting applicants to operate a café at the Mount Buffalo Chalet is an exciting step towards re-invigorating this remarkable place.”


Quotes attributable to Matthew Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Taungurung Land & Waters Council:
“We welcome the Victorian Government’s support in strengthening the visitor experience at Mount Buffalo National Park, located on Taungurung Country.”
 

Media enquiries

Gareth Rees

Mobile: 0417 067 706

gareth.rees@parks.vic.gov.au

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