Beautiful Mt Buffalo is an easily accessible year-round destination – in winter it’s a tiny family-friendly ski resort with gentle runs, and in summer it’s a great spot for bushwalking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
It was named in 1824 by the explorers Hume and Hovell on their trek from Sydney to Port Phillip – they thought its bulky shape resembled a buffalo – and declared a national park in 1898. The main access road is out of Porepunkah, between Myrtleford and Bright.
You’ll find granite outcrops, alpine lookouts, streams and waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife here. The Big Walk, an 11km, five-hour ascent of the mountain starts from Eurobin Creek Picnic Area, north of Porepunkah, and finishes at the Gorge Day Visitor Area. A road leads to just below the summit of the Horn (1723m), the highest point on the massif. Nearby Lake Catani is good for swimming, canoeing and camping. There are 14km of groomed cross-country ski trails starting out from the Cresta Valley car park, as well as a tobogganing area. In summer Mt Buffalo is a hang-gliding paradise, and the near-vertical walls of the Gorge provide some of Australia’s most challenging rock climbing.