Cresta Valley is a perfect all-seasons playground.
In winter grab your trusty snow gear and enjoy family-friendly tobogganing and snow play or head out on one of four marked cross-country ski trails and two marked snowshoe walks. Visitors are asked to not walk on groomed ski trails as foot tracks create hazards for skiers.
When the snow melts, the grassy plains burst into bloom and make for some scenic and invigorating walks.
This winter with restrictions caused by COVID-19 there will be systems in place during anticipated busy periods, such as the school holidays and weekends, to ensure the safety of staff and visitors and compliance of restrictions.
At these busy times, Parks Victoria staff will limit the number of visitors permitted into the park at any one time. Once capacity is met, entry to the park will be temporarily. 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. A message sign at the roundabout at Porepunkah will show the current entry conditions and any expected delays.
The following will also apply:
- Indoor shelter will not be available during school holidays and weekends, and will not be guaranteed at other times.
- Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times
- Do not gather in groups of more than 20 people
- Visitors are encouraged to come well prepared – bring sufficient food, drinks, warm and waterproof clothing, spare dry clothing etc.
- If the car park is full, no more people can visit that site. Do not join vehicle queues or park illegally.
Things To Do
The dedicated toboggan area is only available when there is adequate snow and is marked with fencing and signage. All toboggan users must walk up the side of the slope to avoid being hit by those coming down the hill. Conditions on the toboggan slope can deteriorate late in the day due to freezing, making the snow very fast and rock hard. Only moulded plastic toboggans are allowed. Check the daily snow report in the Change of Conditions section below.
How to get there
Need to know
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Mount Buffalo National Park
Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer - Mount Buffalo NPParts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.14-18 November 202221-25 November 20228-12 May 202329 May-2 June 20235-9 June 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Mt Buffalo Aerial Shooting Information (430KB)
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Ground shooting operations targeting deerGround shooting operations targeting deer will be undertaken in this Park from December 2022 to June 2023. The park will remain open for visitors during ground shooting operations.For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.
Ground shooting operations targeting deerGround shooting operations targeting deer will be undertaken in these Parks from December 2022 to June 2023.Some access restrictions may apply. Please observe local signage.Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains, Mount Bogong, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains, Foothills and Southern Alps)Buchan Caves ReserveBurrowa-Pine MountainCape Conran Coastal ParkCabbage Tree Creek Flora ReserveErrinundra National ParkHowitt-Wellington PlainsLake Tyers State ParkMount Baw Baw National ParkMount Buffalo National ParkMount Mittamatite Regional ParkMount Mitta Mitta Flora ReserveMount Lawson State ParkMount Granya State ParkMountain Creek Education AreaPheasant Creek Flora ReserveWabba Wilderness ParkWilsons Promontory National Park
Lake Catani Campground (Mount Buffalo National Park)
Purchasing of firewood from Lake Catani CampgroundThe honesty system for the payment of firewood is no longer in place.Firewood bags can be purchased at 11am only each day from a Ranger in the campground.If there are volunteer camp hosts staying at Lake Catani Campground (in the canvas tent next to the firewood shed), firewood can be purchased between 9-10am and 4-5pm from the volunteer camp host. However, do not rely on a camp host being onsite to assist with the purchase of firewood as there are periods of time where we don't have volunteers in place.If you aren't able to be in the campground at 11am please bring your own firewood from home.Firewood can be purchased for $15 per bag. CASH ONLY.Note: the collection of firewood within a National Park is not allowed.