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  • Length: 9.5km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Reservoir Day Visitor Area

  • End: Reservoir Day Visitor Area

  • Closest Town: Porepunkah

  • Location: Mount Buffalo National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 342km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.7289920000

  • Longitude: 146.7747700000

Mount Dunn and Macs Point is a 9.5km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in Mount Buffalo National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Summary

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 Mt 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

The Mount Buffalo National Park is a national park located in the alpine region of Victoria, Australia. The 31,000-hectare (77,000-acre) national park is located approximately 350 kilometres (220 mi) northeast of Melbourne in the Australian Alps. Within the national park is Mount Buffalo, a moderately tall mountain plateau, with an elevation of 1,723 metres (5,653 ft) above sea level. Mount Buffalo is a moderately tall mountain plateau on the west side of the Victorian Alpine region. The top of the mountain has striking granite boulders and rock formations. From the north, the mountain is quite remarkable, with the highest accessible point being a prominent peak called The Horn. A walking track leads to The Horn and visitors can enjoy a 360 degree view from the top.

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Getting there

Drive towards Bright via Hume Highway, Wangaratta and Myrtleford. Take the turn off to Mt 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.

 

Total distance: 9283 m
Max elevation: 1486 m
Min elevation: 1378 m
Total climbing: 340 m
Total descent: -340 m
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