Lake Catani Campground


Lake Catani Campground

Nestled just back from the pristine waters of Lake Catani and among snowgum woodland, Lake Catani Campground is small, intimate and perfect for campers wanting to make the most of the lakeside location. Take a dip, go for a canoe, fish for dinner or walk the shore of the lake.

How to get there

Lake Catani Campground

Need to know

Lake Catani Campground

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed



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.

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 dependent on snow and road conditions post winter.
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.
Access to The Horn requires walking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing from Cresta Valley Carpark.
Access to Lakeside Picnic Area at Lake Catani requires walking from either The Chalet Carpark along the Gorge Catani walking track or from the closed gate on the Mt Buffalo Road along Lake Catani Track.

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.

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