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The Mollison Galleries hike traverses both Five Acre and Mollison Plains in the heart of the Buffalo Plataea. The return hike is clearly sign posted as it winds its way through snow gums, alpine ash forests, rocky outcrops and grassy plains. Commence the hike at the reservoir day visitor area and walk back the way you drove in to the start of Mount McLeod Track. Follow this track for approximately 300m before turning left at a signposted track. Heading generally west towards Five Acre Plains you will take in a few side trips to Og Gog Magog and Eagle Point. Both offering rewarding views of nearby peaks and the Buffalo Plateau.
After leaving Eagle Peaks you will cross the Mollison Plain before reaching the most westerly point on this circuit. The track ends at the rocky outcrop of Mollison's Galleries providing views into the Buffalo River Valley below.
From the Galleries, retrace your steps past Eagle Point towards Og Gog Magog. Before the trail turns north past Og Gog Magog turn right and follow this trail along its length until you reach the Rocky Creek Track. On reaching the Rocky Creek 4WD track turn left and head north following the trail along its length past Devils Couch and back to the Reservoir.
About the region
An all-seasons national park, Mount Buffalo has sheer cliffs, imposing granite tors, tumbling waterfalls, snow gums and stunning wildflowers. First reserved in 1898, the 31,000 hectare park contains vegetation and fauna adapted to extremes of weather, as a result of its sub-alpine location. As you drive and walk throughout the park, you will see evidence of the recent fires, but you will also see the vivid colours as species begin to regenerate. There is plenty of wildlife to see including Lyrebirds, Eastern Rosellas, Wombats and Swamp Wallabies. Many animals can be seen along the main tourist road so please drive carefully, especially at dawn and dusk.
Drive towards Bright via Hume Highway, Wangaratta and Myrtleford. Take the turn off to Mount Buffalo near Porepunkah. Drive up to the Buffalo plateau, continue past the road to the chalet and drive until you see the Parks Office on your right. The gravel road to the reservoir is on the right about 500m past the Parks Office. If you reach the VicRoads depot you have gone to far. The road is suitable for 2WD vehicle but take care and drive slowly. Park at the end of the road near the reservoir.
Max elevation: 1468 m
Min elevation: 1265 m
Total climbing: 522 m
Total descent: -522 m