Mt Buffalo

Mt Buffalo, Mt Buffalo National Park, VIC 4 Mar 2022 — 11 Mar 2022

Michael O’Reilly summiting The Cathedral

ALL participants on VCC club trips must show proof of double vaccination, or a valid medical vaccine exemption certificate, to attend. To sign in on the trip, all participants must:

  1. check-in using the QR code provided by the trip leader
  2. complete and sign the Trip Register as previously. 

Both of these measures are to ensure the safety of participants and leaders, as well as expedite COVID-19 contact tracing if necessary.

Michael O’Reilly – VCC Trip Co-ordinator

During these COVID times, all VCC Events and trips may need to be cancelled at very short notice. If this trip goes ahead as planned, it is essential that all intending participants contact the leader prior to the trip, as well as read all of the documents referred to below. Members cannot just ‘turn up’ on the weekend. If the public health advice changes, there may be additional restrictions applicable to this trip.

It is important that all participants read the VCC COVID-19 Safety Plan and VCC Advice to Participants on Club Trips, Courses and Activities before signing up for this trip. The advice and guidelines have been published on our website:

VCC COVID-19 Safety Plan and resuming club activities – Victorian Climbing Club (

Mt Buffalo offers fantastic climbing, particularly for experienced climbers.  The plateau has a huge variety of single pitch climbs, as well as some of the best multi-pitch climbing in Victoria. The granite slabs and cracks make for thought provoking pitches.

View of The Cathedral

Mt Buffalo is the same distance from Melbourne as Mt Arapiles, but sees far less traffic due to the camping being much more restricted, and the plateau being covered in snow for 4 months of the year. Fortunately, we’ve got the camping covered with 3 sites having been pre-booked and paid for, and we’re pretty confident that it won’t be snowing at this time of year. But never say never with an alpine environment! In the event of poor climbing weather, bushwalking is a great option.

The granite of Mt Buffalo’s Gorge and its multiple peaks offer a variety of slab, crack and face climbing, in both sport and trad routes. For those who are particularly keen, there are even multi-pitch routes more than twice the height of anything to be found at Arapiles!

For those that have never been, the VCC web site has a copy of Steve’s Beginner’s Guide, dated 2014 but still will give you an idea –

This is an intermediate to advanced level trip. Not sure if you’re novice, intermediate or advanced? Find your level or contact the trip leader.

Camping spaces are available for 7 nights from Friday, 4th March until Friday, 11th March. Camping costs need to be paid in advance to secure your place. These are non-refundable in the event of you not attending, or leaving early, unless you can be replaced. The cost of camping will be shared equitably amongst participants based on final numbers. (For budgeting purposes, approximately $8 per night.)

Steve Toal enjoying the view atop the Gorge after leading Coming Up for Air (20).
Paula Toal using technique to avoid grovelling on Eat Your Vegies (14).

If you are interested in joining our leaders, Steve and Paula Toal, on this trip, please email Steve as soon as possible. Preference will be given to participants attending for the full week.





Contact: Steve Toal

Not sure if you’re novice, intermediate or advanced? Find your level or contact the trip leader.