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Mt Buffalo - Day 1

Date: Saturday 2nd November, 2024

Start: Eurobin Picnic Ground, Porepunkah

Distance: 10.5km

Elevation: 1345m vertical climb

Start time: 8am


Maps: COURSE MAP is HERE (2mb pdf)
Where to start: At Eurobin Creek Picnic Area, Mt Buffalo Rd, Mt Buffalo.

On the day Registration: opens 6.30am at Eurobin Picnic Area (not Alpine Fitness Centre!!!)

Car Parking: Change for 2024Parking for the event is now in Porepunkah with a shuttle bus to the start. First bus leaving at 6.30am.
Short term parking only is available for dropping off athletes- supporters are then required to head to the finish at Mt Buffalo Chalet.

Please follow the instructions of parking attendants.

Toilets: Public toilet on in the picnic ground, Portaloos.

Start Time: Change for 2024.

Traditionally the event has been a staggered start with fastest runners starting last. Due to the popularity of the event, and tight nature of the trails on Mt Buffalo, we are implementing a change to Day 1 start procedure.

For Day 1 there will be a massed start at 8am. Competitive runners are advised to seed themselves near the front of the start. 

After the first start, remaining runners and walkers will be able to start up until 8.15am, allowing 15mins to spread the field. This is important since there is a narrow bridge 100m from the start. 

The Course: Starting at the Eurobin Creek Picnic Area – runners depart the lower end of the picnic area onto The Big Walk. The Big Walk winds its way up Mt Buffalo and finishes at the Old Buffalo Chalet. Take a camera – the views and landscapes are amazing.

Road Crossings: There are 4 road crossings where the Big Walk crossed Mt Buffalo Road. Please take care to look for cars and follow instructions of any officials manning these crossings. 

Aid along the way: There is a water stop only for the Mt Buffalo Event. This is at Mackies Lookout which is approximately 4.6km from the finish.

Expected Performance for Walkers: Walkers need to aim to summit by 11am. This gives slow walkers 4 hours. A minimum pace of approx 25mins/km.
You need to set out with the intention of being self sufficient for the duration of time you will be out on the course. For slow walkers this could be in excess of 4-5 Hours.

Mandatory Gear: Conditions in Alpine Country can change quickly. The weather at the bottom of the mountain may also be different than at the top. 

Updated list of mandatory gear found here. 


The finish time is taken at the top of the steps at Buffalo Chalet. Water and Electrolyte provided. 

Shuttle Bus

A shuttle bus from the finish line at Mt Buffalo Chalet back to the carpark at Porepunkah township.

Please ensure you have adequate clothing to stay warm as you wait for the bus. 

Volunteers needed for the following jobs on Mt Buffalo Day.

  • Sweeping: There are two jobs available for fit people who would like to be the Sweepers. It is preferred the sweepers have first aid experience and can keep up with the back of packers. Descend and sweep the course at around midday.

  • De-Marking: There are two jobs available for fit people who would like to accompany the sweepers and de-mark the course. Midday til around 2pm.

  • General Marshalls: We need 4 general helpers to lend a hand on the day with various duties. 7am – 9am and / or 11am – 2pm.

  • Registration/Check in – 4 people are needed to help handle registrations on the day 7am – 9am

  • To register your interest in volunteering for the Mt Buffalo day – please contact us on 0403296516 SMS or Call or email hello

Next day
Mt Feathertop - Day 2 - Sunday 3rd Nov 2024

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