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The Mount Dunn and Macs Point circuit hike explores a number of interesting rock formations, snow gum and mountain ash forests, alpine creeks and the rocky summit of Mount Dunn.
Commence the hike at the reservoir day visitor area and walk back the way you drove in to the start of the Long Forest Plain Walking Track. After approximately 1.5 kilometres from the car park you will reach the turnoff to Mount Dunn on your right. There is a relatively steep climb of 100m to reach the summit but the views are certainly one of the best on the Buffalo Plateau.
From the summit retrace your steps back down the eastern side of Mount Dunn, turn right and descend into the valley below. At the next trail junction turn right and follow the trail as it climbs up towards Wild Dog Plain, Split Rocks and the Giants Causeway with its spectacular rock formations. After exploring this area continue south west across a few small snow grass plains to Macs Point and stunning views over the Great Dividing Range.
Retrace your steps, turning left at the junction to continue on to Rocky Creek Track. The final leg of the circuit follows the Rocky Creek Track north east as it passes through snow grass plains and Snow Gum forest.
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: 1487 m
Min elevation: 1378 m
Total climbing: 345 m
Total descent: -345 m