Chance to experience Mt Buffalo
By STRUAN JONES
THE Mt Buffalo Chalet is opening its doors for unique 45-minute heritage tours this month, as part of Victoria’s month-long Seniors Festival.
Seniors are invited to step back in time and explore the historic chalet, and see first-hand the progress of recent works to restore the historic building.
Built in 1910 by the Victorian Government, the chalet was Australia’s first ski resort, and has seen generations of skiers, hikers and campers through its doors.
It is listed in the Victorian Heritage Register for its architectural, historical and social significance.
“Locally, it’s a real emotional attraction,” Alpine Shire Council community development officer Jenny Corser said.
“There are older locals who may have worked there, had holidays there, or even gotten married there, and at this time of the year it’s just stunning up there, it’s so green.
“We’re pretty excited, Dingo Dell café will be open and it’s a great opportunity for people to go for a walk and make a whole day of it.”
There will be two tours a day starting from the steps of the chalet at 10.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday, October 16, Thursday October 18, and Saturday, October 20.
Numbers per tour are limited to numbers, but not age, so bookings are essential on Eventbrite (search Mt Buffalo Chalet Heritage Tour) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also at Mt Buffalo this weekend, Adventure Guides Australia are inviting seniors to come and try abseiling.
Adventure Guides Australia manager David Chitty, himself 72 years young, is encouraging seniors to get out and experience the mountain on a couple of short, easy abseils.
“The main challenge is not physical, but the perception that because you’re a certain age you can’t do certain things, but it’s just not the case - it’s more myth than reality,” he said.
The abseiling will take place at the gorge at 10am, 12.30pm, and 2.30pm on Saturday, October 13, and is free, however places are limited so email email@example.com.
HARDY SOULS: Older Victorians will again have the chance to abseil at Mt Buffalo during this month’s Seniors Festival.