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