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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mt Buffalo National Park - south region

View from Corral Track

Corral Alpine Meadow

The Castle, seen from Corral Alpine Meadow

View from Hump Track
On April 25, 2010, we visited the Mt Buffalo National Park, 350 km NE of Melbourne.

From the car park at the base of the Cathedral Rocks, on the main Buffalo Rd, we climbed up the Castle-Corral Track, to the Corral Alpine Meadow.

This beautiful meadow lies in a depression, surrounded by magnificent granite peaks.

We explored Mahomet's Cave, the Sentinel, the base of Corral Peak, and the track to the Castle.

We descended to the car, and then climbed the track to the Cathedral and the Hump.

The views were spectacular!

The car park sits at an altitude of 1518 m - heights of the rocky peaks are the Castle 1600 m, the Corral Meadow 1574 m, Corral Peak 1587 m, La Soeuf 1610 m, the Sentinel 1579 m, the Hump 1695 m, the Cathedral 1565 m.

Return hiking distances were about 3.5 km to the Meadow, and 2 km to the Hump.

On the way back to our home base at Bright, we took a side trip along the Buckland Valley Road, passing the Porepunkah Aerodrome, then through to the Buckland Bridge, at the Buckland River, below the steep bluffs of the southern boundary of the Park.

This is the end of the bitumen - there is a nice picnic ground here on the banks of the river.

At this point, the road continues past plantations through the Buckland Valley State Forest to the Dargo High Plains.

This region was once a thriving goldmining area, dating from the 1850s, described on an information board at the picnic ground, which has several historical photographs about the early mines.

See all of the Photos of our visit!

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