Lake Catani Campground
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.
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Lake Catani Campground
Summer camping at Lake Catani is available from the beginning of November until the end of April and campsites must be booked in advance. Peak period includes Melbourne Cup Day weekend, Christmas/January school holidays, Labour Day weekend and Easter school holidays. Bookings open at 10.00am on 1 September each year and are based on first in, first served basis.
Five hike/ski-in sites are available for free winter camping during the declared snow season. Situated around the stone hut, fires may be lit only in the fireplaces within the picnic shelter and campground amenities are closed during winter though a toilet is available nearby.
Camping & accommodation
Camping at Lake Catani is an adventure and nature lover's paradise.
Set amongst picturesque Snow Gum woodland, this idyllic and family friendly camping spot high in the Alps offers 49 campsites.
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.
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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Winter 2020 at Dingo Dell & Cresta ValleyThis winter with restrictions caused by COVID19 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 halted. Vehicles will be permitted to enter as other vehicles leave. Parks Victoria staff will be at the park entry to advise visitors. A message sign at the roundabout at Porepunkah will show the current entry conditions and any expected delays.Indoor shelter will not be available during school holidays and weekends, and will not be guaranteed at other times.
Dingo Dell Day Visitor Area (Mount Buffalo National Park)
Mt Buffalo Snow Report Monday 6 July 2020Parks Victoria have implemented some changes to the snowplay operations this year to ensure compliance with COVID19 restrictions. If the car park is full, no more people can visit this site until others leave. Please observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times, bring your own hand sanitizer and do not gather in groups of more than current restrictions recommend.Current conditionsFresh snowSnow cover (cm)Current Temp at 9amDingo Dell Café05-15cm icy-3°OpenTobogganingStatusDingo DellIcy in the morning, not groomedCresta ValleyIcy in the morning, not groomedCross Country TrailsStatusLast Groomed (date)Beginners LoopFairN/ABogong PlainFairN/AHorn RoadGoodN/AVehicle chainsStatusTo be carriedYesCurrently being fittedAs directedWeather forecast for Falls Creek, North East (most like Mt Buffalo):Partly cloudy. Light winds.Comments: Sections of road subject to ice. Snow cover is icy and hard this morning but should soften during the day. Conditions haven’t allowed for grooming of toboggan slopes or ski trails so the surface cover will be rough and patchy. Sunny and blue skies at 9am.View the Dingo Dell snowcam at www.mtbuffalocam.com.au