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.
Camping at Lake Catani is an adventure and nature lover's paradise.
Located on the Mount Buffalo plateau, 28km from Porepunkah, the surrounding Mount Buffalo National Park offers a variety of landscapes from tall eucalypt forest to alpine heathlands and snow-grass plains.
Set amongst picturesque Snow Gum woodland, this idyllic and family friendly camping spot high in the Alps offers 49 campsites. Some are suitable for small caravans and campervans while others are for car camping and tents only. Walk-in campsites provide campers with even quieter surroundings.
There is also a special area set aside for schools and social groups, and several campsites are available for visitors with limited mobility, along with a separate accessible toilet and hot shower.
Though campers are required to be self-sufficient with drinking water, the scenic campground contains everything else you need for a comfortable stay - from toilets and hot showers to dishwashing and even a basic laundry.
A cosy mess hall features tables and fireplaces for shared use, great for rainy days.
Nearby, a newly refurbished picnic shelter overlooks the lake at the popular Lakeside Day Visitor Area. With accessible toilets, free gas barbecues and tables, it's the perfect setting for picnicking on the shores, enjoying a cool swim or paddling a canoe.
Set out for the day with spectacular waterfalls, beautiful wildflowers, abundant wildlife, and plenty of easy and challenging walks waiting to be discovered. Alternatively pull up a chair, relax lakeside and watch the world go by in the company of wombats.
As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Lake Catani is a safe and enjoyable one.
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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.
Lake Catani Campground (Mount Buffalo National Park)
Lake Catani Campground CLOSEDLake Catani Campground is currently CLOSED.Winter camping at Lake Catani is from Queens Birthday long weekend in June through to 31st August each year. The toilet, showering and laundry facilities are closed during this period. A pit toilet behind the Stone Hut is open for winter camping use. No booking is required.Summer camping is from the Friday before Melbourne Cup long weekend at the beginning of November and the campground is closed at the end of April. All facilities are open for this duration. Campsites must be booked online and in advance.Remote camping at Mt McLeod and Rocky Creek campsites are open year round and require an online booking. These sites are NOT accessible by car and require lightweight overnight hiking equipment and reasonable fitness to walk to.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Mt Buffalo Seasonal Road ClosuresExtension of Mt Buffalo National Park Seasonal Road ClosuresAffected roads:
Now OpenLake Catani Road to Lakeside Picnic AreaMt Buffalo Road from Cresta Valley to The Horn Picnic Area (The Horn Road)These roads will remain closed until the weather and road conditions improve. Each road will be assessed on an individual basis.Carparking for overnight hiking into the remote campsites at Mt McLeod and Rocky Creek is at the junction of Reservoir Road and Mt Buffalo Road (near the Vic Roads depot).
- Reservoir Road
- Lake Catani Campground circuit road (closed)
Mount Buffalo National Park
Mount Buffalo Road - requirement to carry vehicle snow chainsThe Mt Buffalo Road is a declared hazardous road from 1st June through to 7th October. Vehicle snow chains may be required to be carried throughout this period. An assessment is made prior to each day as to whether snow chains are required. This decision is based on forecasted snow below 1600 metres or the current road conditions are considered hazardous from snow and/or ice.A Mount Buffalo Snow Report is posted daily on the Mt Buffalo National Park web page. This report provides information on current snow conditions and whether chains are required to be carried and also if they are currently being fitted.
Mt Buffalo - vehicle snow chain carrying requirement
The requirement to carry vehicle snow chains on the Mount Buffalo Road has been lifted.If this requirement changes due to forecasted snow this report will be updated.