Lakeside Day Visitor Area (Mount Buffalo National Park)


Lakeside Day Visitor Area (Mount Buffalo National Park)

The Lakeside Day visitor areas are the perfect places to cool down. When it is 35degrees in Bright it will be about 25 degrees here. Enjoy the small lakeside beach where you can go for a dip or launch a canoe. Take a stroll along the jetty or have a meal in the picnic shelter with tables and 2 free gas barbeques.

How to get there

Lakeside Day Visitor Area (Mount Buffalo National Park)



Need to know

Lakeside Day Visitor Area (Mount Buffalo National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No firearms allowed
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No camping
  • No horses
  • No generators


  • Water hazards
    • Shallow water
    • Deep water
    • Submerged obstacles

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 2022

Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

Mount Buffalo Snow Report - Tuesday 5th july

Mt Buffalo National Park Snow, Road and Weather Daily Report
Time: 08.30hrs                       Date: Tuesday 5th July
Current conditions
Fresh snow
Snow cover
Dingo Dell Visitor Centre
No new snow
0.0 Rain in the last 24hrs
@ Mt Buffalo Park Office
Dingo Dell Shelter open – 10.30 to 4.00pm
Mt Buffalo Ski School shop open at Dingo Dell
Café open today 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Dingo Dell – elevation 1420m
Very poor conditions on the main toboggan slope. Large areas of dirt/mud. Areas off to each side of the official toboggan slope have more snow.
Cresta Valley - elevation 1480m
A wider selection of slopes to choose from as Cresta is at a higher elevation and the slopes get less sun.
Snowshoe Trails
(Marked with snowshoe signs)
Sentinel – 1.5km
Cresta – 2kms
Cross Country Trails
Last Groomed (date)
Beginners Loop
12 June
Bogong Plain
Patchy – large areas without snow
12 June
Horn Road
Patchy – still able to ski the full distance to the Horn lookout. Some thin areas.
25 June – no grooming until we get more snow
Vehicle chains
To be carried
Currently being fitted
No – road clear of snow and ice
Weather forecast for Falls Creek, Northeast (most like Mt Buffalo):
Tuesday 5 July
Summary Min -5Max 3Partly cloudy. Chance of any rain: 10%
Partly cloudy. Winds south-easterly 20 to 30 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon.
Comments: Cold temperatures at night and rock-hard snow in the morning. Snow softening throughout the day. Toboggan and cross-country ski with care.
View the Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley snowcams at
Mt Buffalo Weather Station
The Mt Buffalo Parks Victoria office has a new weather station on the roof (elevation 1320m). For current weather conditions and forecasting download the Davis WeatherLink app. Set Mt Buffalo Parks Office in your favourites. The Mt Porepunkah Fire Tower is the next closest Davis weather station to Mt Buffalo.
If you would like to receive the Mt Buffalo Snow Report email
Mt Buffalo Snow Reports are also posted on the Parks Victoria Mt Buffalo web page – click the tab ‘!This area has reported issues’.

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.

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