Mt Buller and Mt Stir­ling re-opens

Mansfield Courier - - News -

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

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