Mt Buffalo National park

Approach the park by the winding but sealed entrance road from Porepunkah (30 km's), near Bright. Tyre chains must be carried in winter. Entrance fee payable. Annual Parks Passes and Multi Day Parks Passes are available for Mount Buffalo National Park. These can save entry fee costs for regular users, local residents and interstate visitors.

Visit Mount Buffalo for high quality snow play and cross-country skiing. You'll enjoy one of two great locations, Dingo Dell or Cresta Valley depending on the altitude of the snowfalls.

Dingo Dell Day Visitor Centre and café will open regardless of whether snow falls to this altitude, so drop in for a hot drink and grab a toboggan on your way to Cresta.
Entry Fee - $10.00 per vehicle

Tobogganing

A designated toboggan run will be available at either Dingo Dell or Cresta Valley depending on the altitude of snowfalls. Please ask at the entrance station which one is operating. The designated toboggan run will be also noted in the daily snow report which is available from the entrance station.

Dingo Dell

Dingo Dell is located 3km from the Chalet intersection and 5km before Cresta Valley. Should snow fall to this lower altitude all activities will be at this site, including the designated toboggan run. The Dingo Dell Day Visitor Centre provides a comfortably heated two storey area were patrons can relax when the weather is unkind and buy hot food and drinks from the café. When the weather is good a veranda and balcony upstairs provide a great vantage point to watch all the activities below.
To get to Dingo Dell Day Visitor Centre and toboggan run, drive to the car park on Mount Buffalo Road then follow the signs on a 300m walk.

Facilities
  • Day visitor shelter
  • Café
  • Car parking
  • Toilets and changing rooms, within the building and in the car park
  • Toboggan run
  • Tube Park (refer in section below)
  • Toboggan hire
  • Snow Tube Park
Snow Tube Park

A snow tube park may operate at Dingo Dell, depending on snowfalls. When the tube park is open, tubes can be hired from Dingo Dell and are included in the ticket price. For operating times check as you enter the park at the entrance station. For snowfall info www.vicsnowreport.com.au

Cresta Valley

Cresta Valley is 8km from the Mount Buffalo Chalet intersection. Temporary infrastructure has been installed here including a heated public shelter, first aid room and toilets. First aid facilities and attendants will be available during hours of operation.

The designated toboggan run will be fenced and signposted. Due to unmarked hazards, no tobogganing is permitted elsewhere within Mount Buffalo National Park.

Cross-country Skiing

The cross-country trails lead from Cresta Valley, opposite the car park. Grab a map from the entrance station or the information boxes located on the information board opposite Cresta Valley car park.

Backcountry Skiing

Enjoy over 20 km of ungroomed, unmarked trails and plenty of back country ski touring opportunities.

Snow Shoe Nature Tours (free of charge)

A great way to discover the wonders of Mount Buffalo in winter is by joining a free guided Snow Shoe Nature Tour. Snow shoes are provided. These are available any time to groups of 5 or more people, just call 03) 5755 1466.

Please dress appropriately, be prepared with a wind and water proof jacket, warm clothing, strong footwear, woollen hat and gloves. Don't forget the camera!

Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or the Mount Buffalo Entrance Station on (03) 5756 2328.

How to stay safe

Tobogganing and tubing is fun for all ages and is a great way to spend a day on Mount Buffalo, but there are some inherent risks. The following guidelines will significantly reduce these risks.

  • Come prepared. Wear layers of warm clothing including; thermal underwear, jumper, waterproof jacket, woollen hat and gloves.
  • Tobogganing and snow tubing should only be attempted at the designated site, during designated hours.
  • Follow directional signs and stay within the designated areas.
  • Use plastic moulded toboggans, these are available for hire at Dingo Dell
  • Do not bring wooden or metal toboggans or sleds. These can cause serious injury.
  • Do not bring tyre tubes; tubes are available at Dingo Dell.
  • Chains must be carried during the declared period (6 June - 28 September) and be fitted when directed by signs on the Mount Buffalo Tourist Road.
...and when it isn't snowing
  • Explore the network of walking tracks that lead to delightful waterfalls, great lookouts and amazing granite formations.
  • Take in the fantastic views of the Australian Alps.
  • Camp at Lake Catani and enjoy swimming or canoeing.
  • The adventurous can try hang gliding or rock climbing. Buffalo is a top Australian venue for both. Parks Victoria has installed a Rockclimbing/Abseiling Intentions Book at the information shelter in the Gorge carpark (which is found in front of the Mt Buffalo Chalet) and further information about it is available here.
  • Discover summer wildflowers, snow gums and a range of fauna, including wombats, wallabies, echidnas, lyrebirds and flame robins.