Lake Catani Campground

Lake Catani Campground

Lake Catani Campground

Lake Catani Campground

Lake Catani Campground

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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.

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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.

Things to do

 
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.
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.
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 picturesque photo of the stone hut near the Horn at Mt Buffalo.

Mount Buffalo National Park

Sheer cliffs, granite tors, waterfalls and big views make Mount Buffalo a must-see alpine retreat
The walking track that leads to remote hiking areas at Mount Buffalo.

Remote hike-in camping

Mount McLeod and Rocky Creek Camping Areas offer a great introduction to overnight camping in Mount Buffalo National Park.

How to get there

Lake Catani Campground

Follow the signs off the Mount Buffalo Tourist Road to Lake Catani Campground and the Lakeside Day Visitor Area.

When to go

During summer, enjoy bushwalking, canoeing, swimming, picnicking, sightseeing and cycling. Rock climbing, abseiling and hang gliding challenge the adventurous visitor.

Need to know

Lake Catani Campground

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.

  • Lake Catani Campground (Mount Buffalo National Park)

    Lake Catani Campground CLOSED

    Lake 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 Closures

    Extension of Mt Buffalo National Park Seasonal Road Closures
    Affected roads:
    • Mt Buffalo Road from Cresta Valley to The Horn Picnic Area (The Horn Road)
    • Reservoir Road
    • Lake Catani Campground circuit road (closed)
    Now OpenLake Catani Road to Lakeside Picnic Area

    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).

  • Mount Buffalo National Park

    Mount Buffalo Road - requirement to carry vehicle snow chains

    The 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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Planned deer control operations - Eastern Region

    Planned deer control operations - Eastern Region
     
    Deer control operations (ground and aerial) will be carried out across the following parks and reserves between October 2022 and June 2023. 
     
    • Alpine National Park
      • Mount Bogong & Bogong High Plains
      • Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains
      • Feathertop
      • Foothills and Southern Alps
      • Ingeegoodbee/Tingaringy
    • Buchan Caves Reserve
    • Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
    • Cape Conran Coastal Park
    • Coopracambra NP
    • Croajingolong NP
    • Errinundra NP
    • Lake Tyers State Park
    • Baw Baw NP
    • Mount Buffalo NP
    • Snowy River NP
    • Upper Murray - Wabba Wilderness, Burrowa Pine NP, Mt Mittamitite
    • Wilsons Prom NP
     
    More information on temporary park closures for aerial shooting operations will be provided in the coming weeks
     
     For more information on deer control to protect native species visit parks.vic.gov.au.

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