Sunday, August 21, 2016

Off to Mount Buller (Part 1)

The summit of Buller can be reached by vehicle via the village coupled with a 500 metres (1,600 ft) short walk. It is also possible to climb the peak from Delatite River level you can follow the Klingsporn walking track. The Klingsporn track was the bridle trail in days gone by when stockmen would take their cattle up high for the summer months. The walk begins at Merimbah and is a 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) walk on a well defined track. An adventurous twist on this walk is to walk to the aptly named "Thank Christ Corner" on Shoulder spur and go off track along shoulder spur to Mclaughlin Spur to the summit. Mclaughlin Spur offers good views to the summit fire tower and the rocky outcrops that must be traversed. At the summit there is a stone distance dial and a fire tower that is manned during the summer months.

Mount Buller was named by the explorer and surveyor Major Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell after an acquaintance in the Colonial Office. However the Aboriginal name for the mountain is Bulla Bulla meaning "good".


Mt Buller is just 248kms north-east of Melbourne via Mansfield. In three hours you can be out of the city and high on the slopes! There are a few
different routes you can take from Melbourne:
  • Plenty Rd via Whittlesea and Yea
  • Via the Hume Hwy to Tallarook and Yea
  • Via the Maroondah Hwy to Yarra Glen and Yea
Travelling from the north, follow the Hume Hwy south and take the Mansfield exit onto the Midland Hwy (B300). To get here via the most direct route using Google Maps and GPS, it is best to set your destination to Yea, then once you are in Yea set it for Mansfield, then Mt Buller from Mansfield.
Mansfield is the closest town to Mt Buller, and is ideal for a break and to collect your chains. You can also organise rental equipment if you prefer to pick it up before hitting the mountain. From Mansfield, you’ll reach the Mt Buller resort entry in about 20 minutes, and then it’s another 20 minutes’ drive until you reach the car parking area.
* Please be aware that wildlife is often seen on the Mt Buller Road, mostly around the Merrijig, Sawmill Settlement and Mirimbah areas. Kangaroos, wallabies, deer, wombats and other animals can be on and around the road. Drive with care, especially during dusk, nighttime and early morning.


Resort entry
Your first stop when you reach Mt Buller is the Resort Entry point at the base of the mountain (Mirimbah), where you’ll be required to pay
an entry fee that goes towards the costs of essential services on the mountains - this fee provides entry to both Mt Buller and Mt Stirling.
If you have pre-purchased Resort Entry online, follow the sign through the Express Lane, otherwise if you have not already pre-purchased your Resort Entry you will be required to stop and pay. After this point, the car parks are approximately 14.5km up the well-maintained mountain road, approximately 1.5km below the Village - once you reach this point you will be met by an attendant who will advise where you are to park.
Car Parking
Parking for overnight and day visitors is located approximately 1.5km below the Village - once you reach this point you will be met by an attendant who will advise where you are to park.
Accessing the Mt Buller Village
Accessing the Mt Buller Village differs whether you are visiting just for the day or staying overnight.
Vehicle access to the Village is limited only to those that hold a permit, which are issued only to residents, property owners and mountain staff.