Underground River Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)


Underground River Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

The walk leads past many lookout points; starting with the Haunted Gorge and down to the Underground River, then up rough steep steps through rocky open forest to reach the Gorge-Catani Track; completing the loop.

How to get there

Underground River Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

Need to know

Underground River Walk (Mount Buffalo National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


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


  • Water hazards
    • Flash flooding
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery rocks

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.

registering your vehicle and additional vehicles

Registering all vehicles on your campground booking
It is a requirement that all vehicles are registered on your booking for your stay at Lake Catani Campground.
Your campsite booking allows for one vehicle per site. Any additional vehicles must also be registered and a fee of $10.80 per vehicle per night applies.
Please log in to the online booking portal and:
·     add the registration number of your first vehicle and/or
·     register and pay for all additional vehicles.
Rangers will be checking for this information.

If you are unable to log in to the booking portal phone Parks Victoria Customer Service on 13 19 63.

For information on vehicle allocations and additional vehicle costs visit: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/about-us/fees-and-charges
Fees and Changes schedule 2023/24 – 2024/25 - “For vehicle-accessible campsites, one vehicle per campsite is included in the permit fee. Additional vehicle charges apply for each additional vehicle, charged on a per-night basis.”

Vehicle registration numbers and payment of additional vehicles is important:
- minimising the number of vehicles per site and throughout the campground reduces the overall impact of dust and vegetation damage, increases visitor amenity (less noise, looks and feels like a campground rather than a carpark) and for the safety of visitors (walking and riding around the campground)
- risk management - the Park is closed the evening prior to declared Catastrophic Fire days. It is easier to contact people if vehicles are registered.

All vehicles must be parked on the footprint of your campsite (except for the walk-in sites). If your vehicle(s) do not fit, please park in front of the stone hut or in the parking area near the canoe launch area. Thankyou.

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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