Mount Buller, Victoria

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Mount Buller Village
Victoria
Mt Buller Bourke St Stevage-2008-28-11.jpg
Bourke St, the main series of lifts leading from the village towards the summit of Mount Buller
Mount Buller Village is located in Shire of Mansfield
Mount Buller Village
Mount Buller Village
Location near Shire of Mansfield
Coordinates37°08′S 146°25′E / 37.133°S 146.417°E / -37.133; 146.417Coordinates: 37°08′S 146°25′E / 37.133°S 146.417°E / -37.133; 146.417
Population243 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)3723
Elevation1,861 m (6,106 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Mansfield
State electorate(s)Eildon
Federal division(s)Indi
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
9.3 °C
49 °F
2.8 °C
37 °F
1,470.8 mm
57.9 in

Mount Buller is primarily a resort town on the slopes of Mount Buller in the Shire of Mansfield of the Australian state of Victoria. It is located approximately 208 kilometres (129 mi) northeast of Melbourne.[2] It is popular with snowsports enthusiasts in winter due to its proximity to Melbourne. In the warmer months it is popular with visitors to the Victorian Alps and bike riders. At the 2016 census, Mount Buller had a population of 243.[1]

Mount Buller village[edit]

A view over the main part of the village.

The town has around 7000 beds available in accommodation facilities, the most of any Victorian ski resort. La Trobe University had a minor campus at Mount Buller. The campus facilities included a public cinema, gym and indoor sporting facilities. La Trobe has vacated the mountain, however the Resort Management Board is now using the building, better known as the Mount Buller Community Centre, as its home. All facilities are still operational, with the cinema, gym and sports hall open all year round. Mount Buller is also the home of the National Alpine Museum.

The area between Mount Buller and Mount Stirling is the primary catchment for the Delatite River.

Sports and recreation[edit]

Mountain biking[edit]

Mount Buller is home to a growing number of first class Cross Country and Downhill mountain bike tracks. Between 2009 and 2012 many trails have been added, modified and upgraded by WORLD TRAIL. The chairlift for the downhill tracks is only open during the summer from Boxing Day until the end of January, although trailer shuttles also run until the end of February. Mt Buller is working towards developing the mountain as a world class mountain bike venue in line with what has been achieved at Whistler (Canada) and Queenstown (New Zealand). Retail outlets exist in the mountain village to enable casual riders to hire pushbikes, and for bike owners to access service should the need arise. The Victorian Downhill State Series holds a race each year at Mt Buller, as does the MTBA National Series.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association has designated the mountain biking trails at Mount Buller as a bronze-level IMBA Ride Center.[3] Ride Centers are the IMBA's strongest endorsement of a trail experience.[4]

Road cycling[edit]

Mount Buller is also a popular destination for road cyclists,[5] due to the challenging climb from the tollbooth in Mirimbah to the Mount Buller Village. The climb is 15.3 kilometres (9.5 mi) long and has an average gradient of 6.2%.[6] The final kilometre before the Village is the steepest part of the climb with several short sections of gradient 10%+.

Skiing, snowboarding, and hiking[edit]

Comprising 300 hectares (740 acres), the Mount Buller Alpine Resort is a year-round facility with peak operation during winter months for alpine sports. In the summer months, the area is a popular location for alpine hiking.

Geography[edit]

Climate[edit]

Mount Buller has a hemiboreal climate. Under the Köppen climate classification scheme, it has a Continental climate (Köppen: Dfb) with mild summers and snowy cold winters. On average, Mount Buller receives 67.6 snowy days annually, the greatest figure for any mainland Australian site.[7]

Climate data for Mount Buller (1985–2022, rainfall to 1948); 1,707 m AMSL; 37.15° S, 146.44° E
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 30.3
(86.5)
30.7
(87.3)
25.3
(77.5)
21.6
(70.9)
16.5
(61.7)
12.7
(54.9)
15.3
(59.5)
10.8
(51.4)
16.7
(62.1)
21.6
(70.9)
26.1
(79.0)
27.3
(81.1)
30.7
(87.3)
Average high °C (°F) 17.3
(63.1)
17.0
(62.6)
14.1
(57.4)
9.8
(49.6)
6.3
(43.3)
3.2
(37.8)
1.4
(34.5)
2.1
(35.8)
4.8
(40.6)
8.4
(47.1)
12.4
(54.3)
14.4
(57.9)
9.3
(48.7)
Average low °C (°F) 8.8
(47.8)
8.9
(48.0)
6.6
(43.9)
3.6
(38.5)
1.0
(33.8)
−1.2
(29.8)
−2.7
(27.1)
−2.4
(27.7)
−0.8
(30.6)
1.2
(34.2)
4.8
(40.6)
6.0
(42.8)
2.8
(37.0)
Record low °C (°F) −3.5
(25.7)
−2.6
(27.3)
−4.5
(23.9)
−6.9
(19.6)
−6.9
(19.6)
−9.1
(15.6)
−10.2
(13.6)
−11.4
(11.5)
−8.4
(16.9)
−7.6
(18.3)
−5.5
(22.1)
−6.2
(20.8)
−11.4
(11.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 79.7
(3.14)
73.2
(2.88)
81.6
(3.21)
111.2
(4.38)
141.4
(5.57)
154.5
(6.08)
167.5
(6.59)
159.2
(6.27)
141.8
(5.58)
136.4
(5.37)
122.7
(4.83)
99.4
(3.91)
1,468.6
(57.81)
Average precipitation days 7.1 6.9 8.1 10.3 13.0 14.4 15.8 15.8 14.2 14.3 10.8 9.2 139.9
Average afternoon relative humidity (%) 66 66 69 79 85 89 90 91 87 78 71 68 78
Source: [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Mount Buller". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  2. ^ Place names search, Geoscience Australia Archived 10 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Ride Centers | IMBA".
  4. ^ "Pocahontas State Park to Develop Regional Biking Center".
  5. ^ "Mt. Buller | the Climbing Cyclist".
  6. ^ "Mt Buller | Strava Ride Segment in Mirimbah, VIC, Australia".
  7. ^ Annual snow days sorted in descending order of average occurrence by australianweathernews.com
  8. ^ "Climate statistics for Mount Buller". Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 24 June 2014.