Hans Memorial Weekend: Mt Buffalo Back Wall - 12 km Half Day Walk, Grade 3

From November 24, 2019 8:30 am until November 24, 2019 1:00 pm
Categories: CarCamping, DayWalks
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Back Wall 1This is a 12 km approximately 4 hour walk to the seldom visited southern edge of the Mt Buffalo plateau.  The walk is on formed tracks and there are steep sections just before the turnaround point.  Care muct be taken at the Back Wall where there are high exposed cliffs.


As this walk is part of the Hans Kaspers Memorial Weekend we will meet at Lake Catani campground shelter at 0830 and carpool to the Cresta Valley car park.

The walk commences from the Cresta Valley carpark through some beautiful snow grass plains to a splendid rock formation called the Giants Playground.  The gently undulating track winds around small ponds and through fields of wildflowers which makes this a pleasant morning's walk.

Giants Playground

From the Giants Playground the track ascends a saddle through a stand of Royal Grevillea and finally down a series of steep granite slabs that afford extensive views.

The track then plunges through a dense thicket to finally reach the high cliffs of the Back Wall.

From here the view extends from the the Victorian Alps south to Mt Cobbler and across to Glenrowan and the central plains.  A late morning tea can be enjoyed here before returning back to Cresta Valley.


Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Track may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.

Day Walking / XC Skiing / Snowshoeing in the Alps

    Activities in the Alps require additional safety equipment due to the fact that weather can change really quickly from benign to dangerous
  • Current Medical Information Form - LOGIN FIRST  and then it can be FOUND ON THE WEBSITE HERE 
  • Water - 1 litre at least recommended - exercise in the Alps uses prodigious amounts of fluid.  There is no reliable water on the route.
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves and hat
  • Sufficient food bearing in mind the distance and duration of the event (snacks for morning and afternoon tea and lunch)
  • Suitable clothing and footwear - note denim pants are uncomfortable and cold and dangerous when wet.
  • Wet weather waterproof jacket 
  • Thermal top (i.e. wool or polarfleece jumper)
  • You might like walking poles for the steep sections
  • Basic first aid kit including your specific medication eg asthma puffer
  • Torch or headlamp for contingencies
  • Whistle
  • Toilet paper, trowel and sanitiser
  • A set of dry clothing in a separate bag to be left in the car to change into if you get wet

Back Wall


This is a daywalk suitable for beginners.  No specialised equipment is required but shoes  or boots with good grip are essential as is a hat, warm jumper and waterproof jacket as cold winds are often experienced at the Back Wall and the weather on the plateau is very changeable.