Among the snow gums of Mount Buffalo National Park, at Lake Catani Campground, luxury camping company Under Sky has launched a new site.
Everything you need is provided. There are 10 wide canvas bell tents to choose from, each pitched close to the lake, so you’ll wake up to the scent of eucalyptus and the sound of kookaburras in the morning.
The attention to detail is on point. Tents are decked out with queen-sized beds, rugs, bed linen and lanterns, with extra blankets and a hot water bottle on hand in case of a cool night. There’s also organic tea from Higher Living, Sixpence coffee and an Aeropress coffee maker. And a gas cooker, cutlery and pots if you’re up for cooking. Or huddle around one of two fire pits and revel in the spectacular starry sky. The campsite also has hot showers.
“It’s that wonderful combination of enjoying the outdoors and enjoying the essence of what camping is,” says Under Sky co-founder Stephanie Francis. “It’s about reconnecting with nature, disconnecting with technology … but doing it in comfort.”
This is the first time Parks Victoria has allowed glamping at Mount Buffalo (it’s also temporarily relaxed the rules at Devil Cove at Lake Eildon), and the site will be open for just 12 weeks as part of a small-scale trial.
Mount Buffalo’s remoteness is what drew Francis and her partner Doron to the lesser-known spot. “We realised it’s a little bit hidden, a little bit secluded,” says Francis. “But it’s absolutely stunning.”
Breakfast delivery and picnic hampers are also available; they’re filled with Milawa Bread, local free-range eggs, quinoa granola, fresh fruit and olive oil from Mt Buffalo Olives.
Several nature walks begin at the campsite and explore the granite Chalwell Galleries (with spectacular views of the Buckland Valley and toward Mt Bogong), Lake Catani and Mt Dunn. Further out you’ll discover rocky outcrops, 360-degree views of the plateau, cascading waterfalls and unimpeded alpine scapes. Wattle blossoms are colouring the park’s less-trodden trails in spring and wildflowers are just beginning to emerge. For those after more structured activities, you can go cycling, abseiling or rock climbing.
Our pick: a picnic overlooking Dicksons Falls, or head up to The Horn with some red wine and cheese and settle down to watch the sun set over the distant hills.