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Mount Buffalo National Park

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. The Horn is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset or sunrise within an easy drive of the beautiful Alpine town of Bright. 
Perched on top of granite cliffs at the edge of the Mount Buffalo plateau, The Horn is a unique landscape. Dotted here and there among the great boulders are the twisted, sun-bleached trunks of Snow Gums that have succumbed to bushfires over the years. A stone lookout shelter perched precariously atop the cliff overlooks all of this as well as the surrounding mountains far below. 

Bring your lunch and enjoy the Alpine scene from the comfort of a table at The Horn Picnic Area. The picnic area isn't actually at the top of The Horn. You can access the summit via a short walk (45 minutes return).

This is also a popular place to watch a sunset. If you're lucky you might see little Australian Kestrels diving on Bogong Moths in the failing light. Otherwise, just enjoy the solitude of this mountain peak far above the worries of civilisation.

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.
The jetty at Lake Catani near the campground at Mount Buffalo National Park

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 group of abseilers descend into the Gorge at Mt Buffalo with views of the Bogong High Plains in the back ground.

The Gorge and Mount Buffalo Chalet

Home to historic Mount Buffalo Chalet, the Gorge is perched on 200m sheer cliffs and commands fantastic views over the Alps.

How to get there

The Horn

Mount Buffalo is 325 kilometres (three and a half hours’ drive) northeast from 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 from McKinnons Corner through to Cresta Valley. Snow chains must be carried and fitted when and where directed by road signs during the declared snow season. Horn Road is unsealed and can become dusty and rough. It is closed during winter or following periods of heavy rain. Horn Road is not suitable for caravans.

Need to know

The Horn

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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Reservoir Road closed to vehicle traffic

    Reservoir Road has been damaged extensively by a storm on June 8th 2023. Mt Buffalo National Park had 176mm of rain fall in 24 hours. Reservoir Road will be closed indefinitely to vehicle traffic until considerable repairs can be made.

    Update: 15 Feb 2024. We are aiming for Reservoir Rd to reopen to vehicle traffic at the beginning of November 2024.

    The closure of Reservoir Road adds an additional 3kms each way for walks to Mt McLeod, Rocky Creek, Eagle Point and Og Gog & McGog.

    Parking is available at the junction of Reservoir  Road and Mt Buffalo Road near the Vic Roads depot.

    The road remains accessible for walkers and mountain bike riders.

  • The Big Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

    Planned Burn Mt Buffalo- Kangaroo Creek

    Subject to weather conditions the 610 hectare Eurobin- Kangaroo Ck burn will be ignited on the 22th April. 
    Sections of the Big Walk, Seven Mile Spur and Nine Mile Track will be closed for public safety and traffic management will be in place on the Mt Buffalo road.

  • Mount Buffalo National Park

    Mount Buffalo National Park, Planned Burn Kangaroo Creek

    Planned Burn In Kangaroo Creek catchment
    Closure on 7 Mile and 9 Mile tracks.
    Traffic management will be in place on the Buffalo Rd,
     Monday 22nd and 23rd of April.

  • Lake Catani Campground (Mount Buffalo National Park)

    registering your vehicle and additional vehicles

    Registering all vehicles on your campground booking
    It is a requirement that all vehicles are registered on your booking for your stay at Lake Catani Campground.
    Your campsite booking allows for one vehicle per site. Any additional vehicles must also be registered and a fee of $10.80 per vehicle per night applies.
    Please log in to the online booking portal and:
    ·     add the registration number of your first vehicle and/or
    ·     register and pay for all additional vehicles.
    Rangers will be checking for this information.

    If you are unable to log in to the booking portal phone Parks Victoria Customer Service on 13 19 63.

    For information on vehicle allocations and additional vehicle costs visit: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/about-us/fees-and-charges
    Fees and Changes schedule 2023/24 – 2024/25 - “For vehicle-accessible campsites, one vehicle per campsite is included in the permit fee. Additional vehicle charges apply for each additional vehicle, charged on a per-night basis.”

    Vehicle registration numbers and payment of additional vehicles is important:
    - minimising the number of vehicles per site and throughout the campground reduces the overall impact of dust and vegetation damage, increases visitor amenity (less noise, looks and feels like a campground rather than a carpark) and for the safety of visitors (walking and riding around the campground)
    - risk management - the Park is closed the evening prior to declared Catastrophic Fire days. It is easier to contact people if vehicles are registered.

    All vehicles must be parked on the footprint of your campsite (except for the walk-in sites). If your vehicle(s) do not fit, please park in front of the stone hut or in the parking area near the canoe launch area. Thankyou.
     

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Control operations (ground shooting) targeting deer are undertaken in this area.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.
     
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

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