Feasibility study for Mt Buffalo
THE VICTORIAN State Government is bankrolling a $185,000 feasibility study on Mount Buffalo, with Alpine Shire Council awarding Pricewaterhouse Coopers the contract to undertake the Mount Buffalo Business Case Assessment and Activation project.
The study will commence soon to investigate community driven tourism concepts to re-invigorate Mount Buffalo and its iconic 108 year old chalet which has been closed since 2007.
Mount Buffalo Destination Advisory Group have a ‘Vision for Mount Buffalo’ to revive and restore the chalet and reopen it for accommodation and as a day lodge facility, along with other attractions to generate more economic growth through tourism.
Under the plan, 90 to 95 per cent of the chalet complex footprint would be retained and reactivated and a proposed redevelopment of the chalet’s south wing to include “high end suites”. The chalet’s A and B blocks would be transformed into the “Mount Buffalo Hostel”, with economical accommodation aimed at school and other groups.
Other concepts include a glass-bottomed “sky-walk” above the Mount Buffalo Gorge - similar to the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the United States and a new 47-room Mount Buffalo Spa Hotel near the chalet.
The creation of a “Mount Buffalo Village” behind the chalet with a bar and function centre, retail outlets, a performance stage and an ice and roller skating rink are also ideas.
A mountain gateway with visitor information centre and virtual reality cinema, day lodge, café and an outdoor and environmental training centre would see the area revamped as a nature-based activities region.
The Mount Buffalo chalet. Photo Adam Kerry/Parks Victoria.