Chance to ex­pe­ri­ence Mt Buf­falo

Myrtleford Times - - What's On - 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 jen­nyc@alpineshire.vic.gov.au.

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 agati@netc.net.au.

PHOTO: David Chitty

HARDY SOULS: Older Vic­to­ri­ans will again have the chance to ab­seil at Mt Buf­falo dur­ing this month’s Seniors Fes­ti­val.

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