Cathedral - Hump walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

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Cathedral - Hump walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

The Cathedral - Hump Walk offers spectacular views at every turn. Higher up it traverses rock slabs and is popular for capturing both sunrise and sunset photos with the Cathedral as the starring feature. The track ends at the outcrop of rocks overlooking Cresta Valley. Return the same way, staying on track, safe from unprotected cliff edges.

How to get there

Cathedral - Hump walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

Facilities

Carpark

Need to know

Cathedral - Hump walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • No fires permitted
  • No dogs allowed
  • No camping
  • No bicycles
  • No firearms allowed

Warnings

    • None applicable

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

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.

Lake Catani Campground - open seasonally

Lake Catani campground has two distinct seasons in which camping is permitted:

Summer camping period - bookings required
Summer camping is available from the Friday before Melbourne Cup Day in November until May 1st.

Winter camping - no bookings required
Winter camping is available from the Friday before Kings Birthday long weekend in June until the end of August.  During winter Lake Catani Campground is only accessible by skiing, snowshoeing or walking the 2 kms from the gate on Mt Buffalo Road. During winter facilities are limited to a pit toilet, the Stone Hut and firepits. For more information on winter camping refer to the Mt Buffalo winter visitor guide.

Campground CLOSED
Lake Catani Campground is closed for camping from May 1st until the Friday before Kings Birthday and from August 31st until the Friday before Melbourne Cup Day. Penalties apply for camping during these periods at Lake Catani Campground. 

Remote hike-in camping sites
Remote hike-in campsites at Mt McLeod and Rocky Creek remain open year round. There are limited sites at each location and bookings are made online.

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.

Declared Hazardous Area and snow wheel chain carrying requirements

Requirement to carry snow wheel chains
When declared, in the snow season, it is compulsory to carry snow chains and fit them when directed by road signs. The snow season is from Kings Birthday long weekend until the end of September. 
The requirement to carry snow chains is assessed daily by staff at Mt Buffalo. When it is identified that there will be an extended period of fine weather, that will not produce icy or snowy road conditions, the requirement to carry changes will be revoked. The requirement to carry chains is communicated via signage at the entrance to the park, the emailed snow report and the ‘Change of Conditions’ notices on the Parks Victoria Mt Buffalo web page.
Snow chains can be hired from Porepunkah, Bright, Ovens and Myrtleford.

13-seater vehicles and buses
Mt Buffalo Road is a Vic Roads 'Declared hazardous area' during the snow season and drivers of vehicles with 13 seats or more (including the driver) must hold a Hazardous Area Authority (HAA). 

Seasonal road closures

Seasonal Road Closures
The Horn Road, Reservoir Road and  Lake Catani Road are closed during winter. The Horn Road and Lake Catani Road are closed on the Thursday after Kings Birthday long weekend. Both roads will reopen on 15 September.

Reservoir Road is also a seasonal road. However, due to flooding this road remains closed until it is repaired. Refer to the 'Change of Conditions' notice on Reservoir Road.

All seasonal roads may close earlier than the 13 June and are dependent on road and snow conditions. This 'Change of Conditions' notice will be updated if the seasonal roads are closed before the 13 June.

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