After 3 amazing nights at Grannys Flat Campground, we’d planned to pack up and head to Mansfield, and end up somewhere around Mt Buller Camping. Our day didn’t start off that well though, with wet bedding from one of our kids, and relentless rain that made packing everything up rather challenging.
Despite this, we got a break in the rain and managed to pack everything away fairly well, and made it up the hill with no issues, before pumping up and heading to Mansfield to do washing, fill up with fuel, water and food, and even snuck in a nice lunch at the Noodle Bar.
Our first option for camping near Mt Buller was Carter Mill, which is only about 25 minutes from Mansfield itself. Pulling in, the day use area looks fantastic, and the actual camp ground not so much.
It was OK, but it was pretty dirty and muddy, and you aren’t anywhere near to the creek. We’ve become rather spoilt with stunning high country camping over the last few weeks, so decided to push onwards.
We were keen to see if we could get to Pikes Flat, but with the day fast approaching 3PM, no school work done and everyone a bit tired and cranky from the weather, visit to town (it’s our least favourite time travelling!) we pulled into the Klingsporn Bridle Trail Parking area, which is supposed to permit camping during the months outside of winter, where its used for staff to park their vehicles.
This location is pretty stunning, with big, beautiful trees and lots of lawn. We could hear the creek, and easily walk to it, with a stunning water pool at the end. This is part of the drinking water region though, and I got chatting to someone in the know.
He pointed out there’s actually a sign at the gate stating no camping, although I looked for a while and couldn’t find it, and he said that anyone who wanted to camp in the area came here, as you can’t camp at the Mt Buller Resort. Edit – I did go back and look again, and it is on the main sign, but not overly clear, and apparently its still allowed, so not really sure what to think of it!
We spent two nights here, and really enjoyed it. The Telstra reception is pretty bad, there’s a bit of road noise, but it’s a stunning location that is close to Mt Buller, and is really easy to get to, and you can’t ask for more than that.
Driving to Mt Buller and Craigs Hut
Our primary reason for visiting here was to head up Mt Buller and have a look around, and then head out to Craigs Hut. The campground is in the perfect location for this, as heading up the hill takes you to the top of Mt Buller, and heading across the road takes you to Craigs Hut.
We had a lot of fun at both locations, and will certainly come back when there is some snow around!
Other Mt Buller Camping options
If you have a 4WD, you can head to a number of other campgrounds around Mt Buller. Craigs Hut is one of them (not that close to Mt Buller by vehicle though!), along with Carters Mill, Razorback Hut, Howqua Gap Hut and of course all of the amazing camp sites around Sheepyard Flat and Frys Flat (although these are also a decent drive.
Overall, we’re really happy we stayed here and had a look around; its a magic part of the world.