Lake Catani camping area
It’s possible to camp among the snow gums on the eastern side of Lake Catani. From Lake Catani, cycle or stroll the 2 km track leading to the Gorge, where there are some sublime views of distant mountains. The camping area is open Nov–Apr only; bookings via website essential from 1 Sept.
Due to its elevation, nights can be cool here even in the warmer months. Camping is quite pleasant nonetheless, with brightly coloured crimson rosellas being common visitors to many camps. And if you have a canoe or kayak you can take it for a paddle on Lake Catani. The nearby Monolith Track, accessible from the Gorge Lake Catani Trail, offers fantastic views over the lake and surrounding forests.
Who to contact: Parks Victoria 13 1963
This campsite is located in Mount Buffalo National Park
Mt Buffalo’s spectacular granite cliffs are tailor-made for some adventurous hang-gliding and rock climbing, while the alpine plateau is also an excellent skiing destination when the winter snows drift in. In spring, bushwalkers flock here to walk among the wildflowers and take in some fantastic views of the Australian Alps. At Porepunka, turn off the Great Alpine Rd onto Mt Buffalo Rd.
Highlights of this spectacular park include Ladies Bath and Eurobin Falls, the view over the Ovens Valley from the cliff-tops near the Chalet, and the exposed granite peaks of the Cathedral and the Horn. These last two can be quite spectacular at sunset as the rich light paints the grey stone in varying tones of pink, red and orange.
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