After reading the title you could start to wonder which mountain we really walked on. In fact Mount Buffalo is not really a mountain, but a whole mountain plateau, consisting of number of peaks. The highest one is The Horn (1723m), but its weak point (from bushwalker’s point of view) is that the track there is less then 2 km long return from carpark. This distance I don’t really consider to be a walk.
To make it a proper bushwalking experience I selected an other peak, slightly lower Mount Dunn (1485m).
In fact my plan for the day was even more cunning. I wanted to do both: The Horn and Mount Dunn. The problem was I lead the bunch of about 10 people, age from 1 to almost 40 years young. It was very likely, that after the circuit the team will refuse continuing to the Horn, so I decided to do the easy part first.
Climbing the Horn has two good reasons.
First: you climb the highest peak of the plateau.
Second: the views from the peak are stunning.
To be honest we easily achieved the first goal, but the second was a kind of a failure. Believe or not, but down in Bright it was a beautiful, clear, golden autumn day. Unfortunately the top of the mountain was hidden in clouds for a whole day and the views were something like that:
At least for the kids it was a kind of attraction, to be in the clouds.
Anyway it didn’t take us long to leave the Horn and to arrive at the small carpark, just opposite Lake Catani, where we started the Mount Dunn circuit, following the Long Plain Track.
The walk starts with a nice and flat valley. As you can see on the picture below, there are still well visible remainings from 2007 bushfires, that heavily affected Mount Buffalo.
After climbing the peak we had to decide whether we want to come back straight to the carpark (making the whole walk ca. 8 km) or finish the circuit around the mountain (as you can see on the map attached below). I managed to attract my 9 years old son and my friend carrying 1 year old toddler on his back.
I can tell you that this last part of the trip was the most beautiful. We met completely noone there, not even single wallaby appeared. Just us and the bush.
|Nearest town:||Porepunkah (Vic)|
|From Melbourne:||340 km, 4 hours drive|
|Park:||Mount Buffalo National Park|