VK3/VE-014 and VK3/VE-019
Proposed activation of
VK3/VE-014 The Horn and VK3/VE-019 The Hump during bonus period 07072013.
Mount Buffalo National Park is about 320 km north-east of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway and Great Alpine Road. Allow about four hours drive time.
Approach the park by the winding but sealed entrance road from Porepunkah, near Bright.
This resort is open for ‘snow play’ and promotes walking tracks. Mt Buffalo rd is open all year to Cresta Valley.
The distances are not far but the environment will be harsh. There are formal walking tracks to the desired summits,
The Horn Track
1.5 km / 45 mins return
No bushwalking experience required, formed track with some obstacles, short steep hills and many steps. Clearly sign posted.
This track starts at The Horn Picnic Area, 2km from Cresta Valley along a well maintained dirt road. The Horn (1723m) is the highest point on the Mount Buffalo plateau and provides a 360° view of the plateau and the surrounding alps.
Cathedral – Hump Track
2 km / 45 mins return
No bushwalking experience required. Rough, very steep track with many obstacles, and many steps. Clearly sign posted.
Starting at the Cathedral Picnic Area, this track leads past the spectacular granite tor of the Cathedral and on to the summit of the Hump (1695m) for fine views of the Mount Buffalo plateau, Cresta Valley and the Horn.
It appears Mt Buffalo road is open through the season to allow access to Cresta Valley. The rules for carrying chains have changed but may be best to carry if 2WD or locate a 4WD. Parking at Cresta Valley is suitable as both summits are available. There are toilets also available so quite civil.