The Big Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)


The Big Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

Follow in the footsteps of Aboriginal people who climb the plateau to feast on Bogong moths. The Big Walk is one of the most interesting, diverse and accessible walks in north-east Victoria. Climb from the park entrance, through tall forests and granite slopes to find yourself at the top of the Buffalo Plateau.

How to get there

The Big Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

Need to know

The Big Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No dogs allowed
  • No camping
  • No bicycles
  • No firearms allowed


  • Terrain hazards
    • Steep track

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.

Lake Catani Campground CLOSED

Lake Catani Campground is seasonally open. The campground is closed from May 1st and reopens for winter camping on Friday June 7th. 
Limited facilities are open for winter camping and requires walking, snow shoeing or skiing two kms from the locked gate on the Mt Buffalo Road.

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.

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