The Big Walk - Bushwalking Victoria

The Big Walk Mount Buffalo National Park

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  • Walk Length: 11 km
  • Walk duration: 5 hours
  • Walk Grade: Medium
  • Walk Style: One Way
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The Big Walk

Walk Summary

Walk Category:  Day

Getting There:  Car

Nearest Town:  Porepunkah

Walk Area:  North East Victoria

Distance from Melbourne GPO:  323 km

Mobile Phone Coverage:  Yes, but patchy and coverage varies by provider

Walk Details Collated:  October 2006

Walk Details Provided By:  Border Bushwalking Club, Wangaratta Out and About, Benalla Bushwalking Club & Warby Range Bushwalkers

Walk Description

After crossing Eurobin Creek, the track climbs steeply for about 2km (340m vert.) through pleasant forest. When you cross the main road for the second time there is an opportunity to start there, thus avoiding the initial climb. In this vicinity is some beautiful tall forest.

Near the fourth road crossing you come to Mackey's lookout which offers excellent views. Immediately after this the climbing starts again, this time across the face of open granite. As you approach the gorge there are some spur tracks that should be taken as they give spectacular views over the Buffalo Gorge.

Crystal Brook is crossed by bridge about 600m before reaching the Chalet. Trout can often be seen below. There are toilets in the car park at the chalet.  (Note: The chalet is closed indefinitely pending a decision on what to do with the building.)

If you haven't been to Mt Buffalo before, make sure that you visit Bent's Lookout adjacent to the car park. Also worth a visit is the launching ramp for hang-gliders that is at the far end of the car park. The crimson rosellas in the car park will sit on your hand if you take some bird-seed with you, but be warned – they are carriers of psittacosis which can be fatal. Wash your hands before eating.

Cautions:
Part of the walk (especially after Mackey's Lookout) is across sloping granite. Good boots are required to prevent slipping. Some of the lookouts have huge drops, but they are fenced (except near the hang-glider launching ramp). See also the comments above on psittacosis.

Variation:

There is an opportunity to start the walk where you cross the main road for the second time, thus avoiding the initial climb of 340m (vertical).

Walk Map

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Getting There

Drive towards Mt Buffalo via Hume Highway, Wangaratta and Myrtleford.  Take turn off to Mt Buffalo at Porepunkah and stop near the Gatehouse.

Further Information

Mobile phone coverage information 

Map: Mt Buffalo Forest Activities Map 1:30 000 published by Rooftop Mapping Services

Parks Victoria:  Mount Buffalo National Park website

Parks Victoria:  Mount Buffalo National Park Visitor Guide

Parks Victoria:  The Big Walk

There are seasonal road closures in Mt Buffalo National Park over winter - check with Parks Victoria website for details.

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