Lake Catani Campground

Mount Buffalo National Park Camping


Discover magnificent waterfalls and remote alpine landscapes while camping within beautiful Snow Gum woodlands beside Lake Catani in Mount Buffalo National Park.

Lake Catani Campground offers 47 campsites. Some are suitable for small caravans and campervans, while others are for car camping and tents only. Walk-in campsites provide campers with even quieter surroundings. All sites are unpowered.

There is an area set aside for schools and social groups, and several campsites are available for visitors with limited mobility, along with a separate accessible toilet and hot shower.

Facilities include toilets, hot showers, dishwashing, mess hall and a basic laundry. Campers are required to be self-sufficient with drinking water

Nearby, a picnic shelter overlooks the lake at the popular Lakeside Day Visitor Area. With accessible toilets, free gas barbecues and tables, it's the perfect setting for picnicking on the shores, enjoying a cool swim or paddling a canoe.

Things you need to know about camping at Lake Catani Campground

The water available from the taps in the campground is not suitable for drinking. Bring your own water or treat the water on site.

Firewood is available for purchase for $15 a bag. CASH ONLY. The purchase of firewood is limited to 11am each day. If you are not going to be onsite at 11am bring your own firewood.

Phone reception in the campground is poor to non-existent except for Telstra customers. Users of other communication carriers can get reception at The Gorge.

Lake Catani Campground is in a sub-alpine area and is 1300m above sea level. Snow and very cold temperatures (even in fine weather) can be experienced at any time of the year. Come prepared with warm clothes, raincoats and warm bedding.

There are no shops in Mt Buffalo National Park. The nearest towns are Porepunkah and Bright. They are a 40–50-minute drive away.

Choose your camping site carefully as each site is different. There are walk-in sites, sites suitable for small tents and sites that will accommodate vans, caravans and trailers.

All camping sites are unpowered.

Do not leave campfires unattended. Any campfires must be put out and cool to touch before leaving.

The campground is not open year-round. Information is provided on summer and winter opening periods.


  • No Pets
  • Non-flushing toilet
  • Picnic table
  • Day walks
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Mountain Peaks
  • Barbecue
  • Shower
  • Short walks <1hr
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Bays, Lakes & Rivers

Location & Directions

Mount Buffalo National Park


Lake Catani Campground is approx. 350km north-east of Melbourne off Mount Buffalo Tourist Road.

Cancellation Policy

30 days or more prior notice to the booking arrival date, 50% of the applicable fees per night will be forfeited. Less than 30 days prior notice to the booking arrival date, 100% of the applicable fees per night will be forfeited. All bookings and payments are non-transferable to another party/person. Camping date transfers may be made up to 2 days prior to arrival depending on availability. Accommodation date transfers may be made up to 7 days prior to arrival depending on availability. Booking cancellations and date transfers can be completed via the Manage My Booking link in your reservation confirmation email.

Permit Conditions:
Please have your Booking Permit with you, this can be either printed or electronically on your mobile.You shall observe and comply with the National Parks Act 1975 and the National Parks (Park) Regulations 2013. Noise must be kept to a reasonable level at all times particularly after 10pm. Campfires must only be lit in designated fireplaces. Campfire pits are shared resource throughout the campground and aren?t designated to a particular site. Firewood collection within the National Park is illegal. Firewood is available for sale during designated Times or bring your own. Do not feed the wildlife. You shall not do anything that is or may be dangerous annoying or offensive or that may interfere with other people. You are required to maintain your campsite in a neat tidy and rubbish-free condition. Adhere to speed limits within the camping area track network. You shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that everyone using the facilitates or campsite for which you are the permit holder complies with these conditions during the period of this permit. Failure to comply with the above conditions may result in the non-refundable cancellation of your permit and subsequent eviction.