Local Escapes

Stay Off The Grid At The Proposed New Eco Pods On Top Of Mount Buffalo

By Ben Tyers
21st May 2020

A view from a lookout on Mount Buffalo looking to the valley below.

Mount Buffalo is a location you'd usually consider in the colder months, but in an ambitious new plan from the state government, it will be a destination all year round.

Part of a bigger government spending package, Mount Buffalo will receive $1.5 million to build five luxury Alpine eco pods.

A pilot program for eco pods was launched in 2018 by Parks Victoria, and this will be the first time they've been rolled out in the state.

Mount Buffalo attracts more than 230,000 visitors every year, and proposed investment is aimed at bringing more visitors to the Alpine region in summer to hike, camp, and kayak.

Part of the proposal is also seeking expressions of interest for a new cafe at Australia's largest timber building, the Mount Buffalo Chalet. The chalet luckily was spared from the recent bushfires in the region, but still needs further investment to get it back to its best.

The cafe is expected to run year-round, would offer fresh produce, and would operate alongside self-guided tours of the Chalet Ballroom.

“The Chalet is an important part of Victoria’s heritage and any development at the site must add value to our High Country’s natural assets.” said Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D ’Ambrosio.

The eco pods will offer glamping-style accommodation on the mountain, but remaining off-grid to leave as little impact on the surrounding area as possible.

No funding was allocated to bring Mount Buffalo Chalet back up to condition to be used as accommodation.

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Image credit: Visit Victoria

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