Mount Stirling

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesMansfield
DifficultyDifficulty 2/5
Suitable for4WD AWD 
Distance147.66 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed40.75 km/hr
Driving Time3 hrs 37 mins
Article By: Paul Mery & Moggs
Page Updated: 9 Jan 2014


Mount Stirling is an area used during winter for cross-country skiing and is therefore quite mountainous. There is a loop road running around the mountain and during summer it would be possible to drive a 2WD car around the mountain (check road conditions first), but after any rain or snow the road turns to 4WD only and is closed as part of the seasonal road closures in Victoria, generally from the day after the Queen's Birthday long weekend until November.

The advantage of having a 4WD is the ability to perform a number of diversions away from the loop road across the top of the mountain. Visiting places such as Craig’s Hut, famous for it's appearance in the great Australian movie, ‘The Man From Snowy River’. Walking around the back of the hut or even inside, you quickly realise that this is definitely just a prop. The good people from the Mansfield 4WD Club and CFA 4WD Club maintain the hut.

The trip to the summit of Mount Stirling is also a worthwhile diversion, which can be reached by following the 4WD track past Craig’s Hut. If the weather is kind you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and of the skiing village at Mount Buller.

Other possible diversions from the area are down to Kings Hut, or Pineapple Flat (on the Northern side) or Binderee Falls and Pykes Flat, on the southern side. Both of these make excellent extensions to the trek and allow you to continue on travelling through the high country to other areas.

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Throughout winter, you must pay an entry fee to access Mount Stirling as you pass through the gates at Mirimbah. The single payment covers entry to both Mount Stirling and Mount Buller, providing you with an easy way to see each mountain. The gate entry fee is only charged during the winter season, not in summer.

If you visit Mount Stirling just for the day it will cost $30 per vehicle (seating up to seven people) to enter the area. If you camp overnight you will be charged an additional fee - $6 per night through the week and $12 per night on weekends. Season passes are available, as are reduced bike and pedestrian fees.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol Note: Fuel is only available at Mirimbah during the winter season. During the summer season there may not be any fuel or supplies after Mansfield.
4cyl 21 litres4cyl 24 litres4cyl 30 litres
6cyl 23 litres6cyl 27 litres6cyl 26 litres
8cyl 23 litres8cyl 24 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Generally Summer and Autumn would be the best time to travel as seasonal track closures may exist June to November due to snow. Please check with authorities.

Closest Climatic Station

Lake Eildon
Distance from Trek Mid Point 25.3km SW
Mean Max. °C28.829.025.620.816.112.611.913.616.519.823.526.2
Mean Min. °C12.612.810.
Mean Rain mm46.543.052.759.478.493.093.599.382.178.768.056.1
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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What to See

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This list may not be complete for the entire region. Places listed here are directly located along the plot file associated with this Trek Note. You can locate other nearby Places by browsing the map or searching Places.
You will see the huts of the Victorian High Country such as Craig's Hut and with any luck, snow is possible from May and early June.

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Where to Stay

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Camping in this area is just a matter of finding a nice place to pitch a tent or a swag. Good areas are available in either Pykes Flat or the Kings Hut/Pineapple Flat area. Due to the mountainous terrain there is only limited places available on Mount Stirling, but if the weather is fine these should be sufficient.

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LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Mansfield to Mount Buller Rd & Buttercup Rd14.46 kmSE115° 9 min
Mount Buller Rd & Buttercup Rd to Buttercup7.15 kmNE65° 9 min
Buttercup to Buttercup Creek Camping Areas6.37 kmE81° 10 min
Buttercup Creek Camping Areas to Tomahawk Hut8.68 kmNE64° 16 min
Tomahawk Hut to Tomahawk Gap0.12 kmNE35°
Tomahawk Gap to Mount No 35.39 kmSE145° 13 min
Mount No 3 to Refuge Mount No. 3 Hut1.15 kmSW216° 2 min
Refuge Mount No. 3 Hut to Bus Hut4.51 kmSE146° 9 min
Bus Hut to King Hut26.51 kmE89° 52 min
King Hut to Peters Corner9.83 kmSW228° 18 min
Peters Corner to Craig's Hut6.4 kmW251° 11 min
Craig's Hut to Clear Hills Hut0.23 kmSW221° 1 min
Clear Hills Hut to The Monument1.32 kmSW203° 5 min
The Monument to Mount Stirling2.97 kmW249° 11 min
Mount Stirling to Howqua Gap Hut4.35 kmS197° 18 min
Howqua Gap Hut to Telephone Box Junction6.22 kmNW322° 9 min
Telephone Box Junction to Mirimbah9.96 kmW273° 13 min
Mirimbah to Sawmill Settlement3.29 kmW282° 4 min
Sawmill Settlement to Howqua Track turnoff8.19 kmW264° 6 min
Howqua Track turnoff to Merrijig2.25 kmNW307° 1 min
Merrijig to Mount Buller Rd & Buttercup Rd3.82 kmW273° 2 min
Mount Buller Rd & Buttercup Rd to Mansfield14.46 kmNW295° 9 min
Mansfield to Mansfield147.66 km  3 hr 37 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.


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