When my children were little we used to camp at Lake Catani near the top of Mt Buffalo regularly, often with extended family or friends. It’s always been my favourite campground – beautifully situated in bushland near the Lake, quiet and restful but offering plenty of walking opportunities, both long and short, easy and more challenging. Flower-filled alpine meadows, massive granite outcrops, stunning views and even an underground river always kept us occupied.
My cousin Wim and his wife Hetty visited with us in 1979!
The Chalet at the Gorge Lookout was burned some years ago and has been closed ever since. Extensive renovation plans are now in place and it’s set to reopen to day visitors in 2016.
Even though Gary was born and bred in Victoria he’d never been to Mt Buffalo so this year we decided to camp there over the March long weekend. The weather was perfect and we spend three glorious days hiking, exploring and relaxing.
Lucky for me, Gary loved it, particularly the Dickson Falls walk where there were still lots of wildflowers.
I couldn’t quite persuade Gary to climb to the top of the Horn with me but just had to do it myself!
We also stopped off at the cricket pitch where we used to play all those years ago. Surprisingly little has really changed in the last 30 years and, for me, Mt Buffalo has lost none of its charm. Bush camping, especially here, replenishes my soul! I’m sure we’ll be back soon.