Activating Mount Buffalo and surrounds

Overview

Mount Buffalo National Park is an iconic and beloved place in North Eastern Victoria. It is a magnificent destination for visitors from near and far. Its crisp fresh air, giant tors, deep gorges, tumbling waterfalls, Snow Gum woodlands and masses of summer wildflowers provide something for everyone to enjoy.

Prior to European settlement, the area was fertile country for the Taungurung community, the First Peoples of the Mount Buffalo Region. Mount Buffalo National Park is one of nine parks that Parks Victoria jointly manages with Taungurung Land and Waters Council (TLaWC). Visit our Managing Country Together page to learn more about how we manage country together with Traditional Owners.

The Victorian Government is continuing to invest in a range of infrastructure improvements to strengthen Mount Buffalo National Park and the surrounding area as a key tourism drawcard, proving a year-round attraction for North Eastern Victoria.


Mount Buffalo Chalet

The historic Mount Buffalo Chalet, made predominantly from timber, was designed to be a temporary building.  Over the years, various improvements and additions have been made, and to fully restore the 100-year-old chalet would require a substantial multi-million-dollar investment. 

The Victorian Government is committed to maintaining the heritage values of the building and its surrounds, with Parks Victoria undertaking an annual maintenance program which complements the array of investments made over the past few years. 

Mount Buffalo Chalet with garden in bloom


Annual maintenance program

  • Each year, Parks Victoria allocates funding to the upkeep and ongoing maintenance of the building. 
  • In 2020, $280,000 has been allocated to the annual maintenance program.
  • A dedicated maintenance manager oversees the maintenance program.

 

External maintenance

  • Between 2015 to 2018, the Victorian Government invested $2.8 million to conserve and protect the Chalet front façade and foundations, with the works completed in 2018.  
  • Additionally, Parks Victoria undertakes an annual maintenance program of the Chalet and surrounding gardens.

Commonwealth funding

  • On Thursday 1 October 2020, the Commonwealth Government announced a $61.7 million investment in Australia’s environment, jobs and tourism. As part of this package, Parks Victoria received a $3 million grant for conservation works to the historic Mount Buffalo Chalet. 
  • The $3 million grant will fund conservation works to further repair and protect the Chalet facade, and ensure a wind and watertight external building envelope, compliant with Victorian heritage building regulations. 


Timing: These works are expected to be complete in late 2022.


Café Expression of Interest (EOI)

  • Experienced operators are being sought to provide a Café experience in the front section of the historic Mount Buffalo Chalet. It is envisaged the café will highlight regional produce from North Eastern Victoria.


Timing: 
The Chalet Café Expression of Interest (EOI) process is open until 28 February 2021 - www.parks.vic.gov.au/eoi. 

 

 

The Gorge Visitor Area Upgrade

  • In 2018, the Victorian Government committed $1.5 million into upgrading the Gorge Visitor Area adjacent to the Mount Buffalo Chalet. 
  • The project encompasses a new all-ability lookout/observation deck with a see-through glass floor section, improvement of car and coach parking and upgrade to the toilet block and waste water treatment system. To-date, Parks Victoria has completed the improved car and coach parking and upgrades to the toilet facility.


Timing: 
The upgraded lookout and walkway are will be complete by summer 2020/21.


Roofed accommodation development

  • In May 2020, the Victorian Government announced a $1.5 million program to build a series of “eco-pods” to be based around the Mount Buffalo National Park.
  • Parks Victoria is exploring options to provide “eco pod” accommodation at the park, providing an innovative, low environmental-impact accommodation option.


Timing: 
The specifics of this project are still being determined.

 

East Ovens Bridge

  • In October 2020, the Commonwealth and Victorian Government announced a $68.6 million fund to drive regional recovery and back key local community projects. This included $120,000 to build a 19.5 metre pedestrian bridge joining Harrietville with the east branch of the Ovens, to support tourism and mobility.
  • This project is being managed by the Alpine Shire Council with contributions from Parks Victoria.
 

Working for Victoria

  • A crew of six Land Management Officers have been working in parks in this area to improve walking tracks, support bushfire recovery and maintain visitor sites and facilities.

Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing

Visit the project page for the latest information about the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing project.

 

Biodiversity bushfire recovery

Visit the project page for more information about Deer and feral animal control in response to bushfire.

 

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