Mt Buller and Mt Stirling re-opens
MT BULLER and Mt Stirling are again open for visitors following recent closures due to the Abbeyard and The Bluff fires.
This is great news as the High Country welcomes back visitors to Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Craig’s Hut, Circuit Rd, Razorback Hut, Howqua Hills Historic Area and other areas unaffected by the bushfires.
All walking and mountain bike trails on Mt Buller and Mt Stirling are open and also a number of on-mountain operators have re-opened.
And the events just keep on happening on Buller – some organised and some you can do on your own.
Test your strength and endurance by cycling up to the resort on the Mt Buller Tourist Road - a 16km uphill grind that stretches from the base of the mountain to the top.
This climb rises 921 vertical metres in height, with an average grade of six per cent reaching to 13 per cent.
Elite athletes train on the Mt Buller Road, including champion cyclist Simon Gerrans, who completed the climb in an impressive 39 minutes and 50 seconds - a personal best time - compare your times to Simon’s.
In summer, Mt Buller’s premier snow runs turn into the ultimate downhill mountain biking course with a variety of challenging technical trail features such as berms, ramps and jumps.
Mt Buller has been operating as a downhill venue since the 1980s, offering generations of riders the chance to feel the ultimate downhill thrill.
Mt Buller features three downhill, one flow track and one gravity trail, ranging from easy to advanced and begin at Spurs Restaurant.
And events still to come over the remainder of summer include:
Oscars 100 Hut to Hut is Australia’s toughest and most spectacular trek/run challenge that takes teams of two on a stunning journey through Victoria’s High Country trails once used by mountain explorers, pioneers, cattlemen and brumby runners (countryside most famously portrayed in the seminal film, The Man From Snowy River) - from February 14 to 16.
It will take runners on a journey between historic mountain huts giving tribute to the historic wilderness lifestyles they sprang from.
The annual Mind, Body, Bike Women’s weekend will be held from February 15 to 16.
Take a proactive approach to managing your health and wellbeing by reconnecting, re-engaging and recharging with the intention to connect and inspire people.
Painting, ceramics, cooking classes, photography, wellness and self-care, CPR training and first aid, sustainable living, plus fitness classes, yoga and Pilates are all offered – make your choice.
The Bike Buller Festival, from March 7 to 8 brings all that is great about mountain biking to the one location for a massive weekend of bikes, single track, fresh air and good times at a spectacular mountain top destination.
Add in a full social calendar with spectator events, MTB movies, bike expo, kids rides and a huge food, wine and music festival and this is the ultimate biking weekend.
Celebrate the Labour Day weekend in style in the Mansfield-Mt Buller region on Sunday, March 8 with Picnic in the Park - a gathering of some of the region’s finest food, wine, beer, music and talent.
Bring your picnic basket and enjoy a day of High Country produce, fun and entertainment in Mirimbah Park.
Due to the recent fires and the ongoing heatwaves of summer visitors are encouraged to check the Parks Victoria website at www. parks.vic.gov.au, Forest Fire Management Victoria website and DELWP Hume Facebook page for updates before visiting.
FIND THE TRAILS: Meander along the scenic trails with friends on Mt Buller and Mt Stirling this summer – now open. PHOTO: Mt Buller – Andrew Railton