Chalwell Galleries walk, Mount Buffalo

Lake Catani day visitor car park

Chalwell Galleries walk, Mount Buffalo

Lake Catani day visitor car park

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35 m
2.4 km
Intermediate

Beautiful scenery and rock scrambling adventures await those who undertake this brilliant short walk by Lake Catani at the stunning Mt Buffalo National Park.

Chalwell Galleries walk, Mount Buffalo

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Beautiful scenery and rock scrambling adventures await those who undertake this brilliant short walk by Lake Catani at the stunning Mt Buffalo National Park.

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Beautiful scenery and rock scrambling adventures await those who undertake this brilliant short walk by Lake Catani at the stunning Mt Buffalo National Park.

This walk is great for people with a sense of adventure, and many young children will enjoy the challenge - however it'snot advisable for those with mobility challenges or who do not feel comfortable in small, tight places!

Spring and early or late summer is a great time of year to do this walk as the wildflowers along the track and around the lake are in bloom.

The walk track before reaching the Galleries (large boulders) is a natural path with only some steep sections but involves some rock climbing as your approach the centrepeice of the walk.

After making your way through the galleries you'll head in a loop back towards the main road to Lake Catani.

Note: It can be easy to lose your way on this walk so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the ORANGE ARROWS attached to trees and boulders and follow them!

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Points of Interest

1. Start from day visitor car park

Unless you're camping at the Lake Catani campground you'll likely start your walk from here. There are picnic tables beside the lake.

2. Camp ground toilet block

There are no toilets on the walk so you may wish to stop off here!

3. Walk south on the road

Follow the road towards the camp ground entry, and on to the start of the Chalwell Galleries track. Keep an ear out for approaching vehicles.

4. Walk track start

You'll see the start of the Galleries track here.

5. Wildlowers in spring and summer

Autumn is crisp and cool (be mindful in the wet) while early summer and spring rewards you with gorgeous native blooms for most of the track.

6. View of the Galleries

A lovely spot to view this impressive natural structure.

7. Follow orange arrows into the galleries

You'll need to keep an eye out, and yes - you do need to squeeze down there! Breathe in! Then follow the yellow ladder down ... Take care.

8. Light at the end of the tunnel

Keep going! There's a bit of a drop back down to solid ground.

9. Great views

Take a moment to enjoy this beautiful place.

10. Go right

Keep looking for the orange arrows (don't just forge ahead).

11. More rock fun!

Up and over or down and under?

12. Things gets a little easier

Just enjoy the walk!

13. The road

Take a right here and walk back along the road.

14. Views over the lake

Get inspired for your next walk!

15. NOTE: Alternate 'Old Galleries walk track'

If want shorter walk could try this alternate track - a 1km circuit walk. Drive here to the start of the Old Galleries Track.


Features

Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Public toilets Public toilets
Nature trail Nature trail
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river