The Gorge and Mount Buffalo Chalet

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The Gorge and Mount Buffalo Chalet

Mount Buffalo National Park

If you only have a short time to spend in Mount Buffalo National Park, the Gorge is the place to visit. Home to historic Mount Buffalo Chalet, the Gorge is perched on 200m sheer cliffs and commands fantastic views over the Alps. Enjoy one of the easy but rewarding walks and bring a picnic. 
The Gorge is a perfect daytrip for people holidaying near Bright. There are picnic facilities and toilets, including accessible facilities for disabled visitors. And there's plenty to do, with a number of viewpoints from which to enjoy the stunning Alpine panoramas, the chalet and a range of walks. Some of the walks have benches for rest stops, making the Gorge an excellent place for people who are less mobile. 

Things to do

Water cascades down the granite rockface at Eurobin Falls.

Ladies Bath and Eurobin Falls

At Ladies Bath Falls, water cascades into a perfectly clear pool of water, while at Upper and Lower Eurobin Falls, Crystal Creek spills spectacularly over a formidable granite escarpment.
A campground host at Lake Catani talks to two visitors about the campsite.

Lake Catani Campground

Discover magnificent waterfalls and remote alpine landscapes while camping within beautiful Snow Gum woodlands beside Lake Catani in Mount Buffalo National Park.
A couple in their thirties approach the summit lookout at the Horn of Mount Buffalo.

The Horn

Enjoy a picnic with a view at The Horn before climbing to the highest point in Mount Buffalo National Park and surveying the folded mountains of the Great Dividing Range stretching into the distance.

How to get there

The Gorge and Mount Buffalo Chalet

Mount Buffalo is 325 kilometres, or three and a half hours’ drive, northeast of Melbourne along the Hume Highway. Either take the Snow Road exit just before Wangaratta or continue along the highway to the Great Alpine Road (B500) exit. Watch out for native animals, especially early in the morning and at dusk. Take care driving during winter. The main road is often snow covered. Snow chains must be carried and fitted when and where directed by road signs during the declared snow season.

Facilities

Carpark
Lookout
Picnic Area
Toilets

Need to know

The Gorge and Mount Buffalo Chalet

Recent Mount Buffalo Chalet maintenance works

Maintenance works at Mount Buffalo Chalet - contractors on site after recent snowfall, 11 May 2020.

Contractors on site

After recent snowfall, 11 May 2020.
Maintenance works at Mount Buffalo Chalet - Elgas refurbishment of large bullets to provide gas heating for the building, 6 May 2020.

Elgas

Refurbishment of large bullets to provide gas heating for the building, 6 May 2020.
Maintenance works at Mount Buffalo Chalet - generator replacement project underway, 6 May 2020.

Generator replacement project underway

6 May 2020.
Maintenance works at Mount Buffalo Chalet - re-cladding of the kitchen wall, 6 May 2020.

Re-cladding of the kitchen wall

6 May 2020.
Maintenance works at Mount Buffalo Chalet -  North Wing repaint and repair, after 24 April 2020.

North Wing repaint and repair (after)

After 24 April 2020.
Maintenance works at Mount Buffalo Chalet -  North Wing repaint and repair, before 24 April 2020.

North Wing repaint and repair (before)

Before 24 April 2020.
Maintenance works at Mount Buffalo Chalet - North Wing protection works, 22 April 2020.

North Wing protection works

22 April 2020.
Maintenance works at Mount Buffalo Chalet - new weatherboards arrived for re-cladding work, 20 April 2020.

New weatherboards arrive

Weatherboards arrive for re-cladding work, 20 April 2020.
Maintenance works at Mount Buffalo Chalet - new solar system, installed 2019.

New solar system

Installed 2019.

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.

  • Rocky Creek Hike-in Camping Area (Mount Buffalo National Park)

    Rocky Creek Remote Campsite Closed until late spring early summer

    The remote walk-in campsite at Rocky Creek will be closed until works can be undertaken to address fire-affected tree risks at the site as a result of the fires in summer 2020. Due to access difficulties over winter, work is likely to be completed by late spring or early summer. Visitors are still able to access the other remote walk-in campsite at Mt McLeod which was not impacted by fire.

  • Dicksons Falls Nature Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

    Dicksons Falls and Back Wall tracks closed due to fire

    The fires during January this year burned through the area from The Horn to Cresta Valley.

    The Dicksons Falls and Back Wall tracks ere impacted and will remain closed to visitors until infrastructure destroyed by the fires is repaired, including bridges and signage.
    Visitors are asked to not use these walking tracks during this period.
    Visitors are able to access the nearby Horn and South Buffalo walking tracks but are asked to remain out of all other burned areas.

  • Mount Buffalo National Park

    Aerial shooting operation underway

    Parts of Mt Buffalo National Park, i.e. the area north west of the Mt Buffalo Tourist Road and the areas south of Cathedral Saddle, will be closed from Monday 21st to Friday 25th September (inclusive).

    This is to ensure safe implementation of an aerial shooting program targeting feral animals, to protect native species impacted by bushfires.

    Attachments: MtBuffaloNationalPark_change in conditions (484KB)

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2020

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. View the list of 2020 seasonal road closures for details and check the corresponding map numbers with the seasonal road closure 2020 index map for locations of the closures or visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.

    Deer control operation underway

    Deer control is being undertaken in this park between September and December 2020. This operation poses no risk to visitor safety.

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