Mount Stirling

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesMansfield
DifficultyDifficulty 2/5
Suitable ForAWD 
Distance147.63 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed40.75 km/hr
Travel Time3 hrs 37 mins
Page Updated: 3 Jan 2024


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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Please refer to Road Reports published by the local shire and/or main roads for the area you intend to visit. Road/Track conditions can change significantly after weather events. Travellers must be responsible for their own research on current conditions and track suitability.


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 Usage

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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Mansfield to Mount Buller Rd & Buttercup Rd
Driving: 14.46 km
Heading: 115°
Avg Speed: 86.78 km/hr
EST Time: 09:59
Mount Buller Rd & Buttercup Rd to Buttercup
Driving: 7.15 km
Heading: 65°
Avg Speed: 46.04 km/hr
EST Time: 09:19
Buttercup to Buttercup Creek Camping Areas
Driving: 6.37 km
Heading: 81°
Avg Speed: 34.89 km/hr
EST Time: 10:57
Buttercup Creek Camping Areas to Tomahawk Hut
Driving: 8.68 km
Heading: 64°
Avg Speed: 31.24 km/hr
EST Time: 16:40
Tomahawk Hut to Tomahawk Gap
Driving: 0.12 km
Heading: 35°
Avg Speed: 20.79 km/hr
EST Time: 00:20
Tomahawk Gap to Mount No 3
Driving: 5.39 km
Heading: 145°
Avg Speed: 24.13 km/hr
EST Time: 13:24
Mount No 3 to Refuge Mount No. 3 Hut
Driving: 1.15 km
Heading: 216°
Avg Speed: 24.95 km/hr
EST Time: 02:45
Refuge Mount No. 3 Hut to Bus Hut
Driving: 4.51 km
Heading: 146°
Avg Speed: 28.27 km/hr
EST Time: 09:34
Bus Hut to King Hut
Driving: 26.51 km
Heading: 89°
Avg Speed: 30.36 km/hr
EST Time: 52:23
King Hut to Peters Corner
Driving: 9.83 km
Heading: 228°
Avg Speed: 31.69 km/hr
EST Time: 18:36
Peters Corner to Craig's Hut
Driving: 6.4 km
Heading: 250°
Avg Speed: 32.75 km/hr
EST Time: 11:43
Craig's Hut to Clear Hills Hut
Driving: 0.23 km
Heading: 232°
Avg Speed: 9.25 km/hr
EST Time: 01:29
Clear Hills Hut to The Monument
Driving: 1.32 km
Heading: 203°
Avg Speed: 15.44 km/hr
EST Time: 05:07
The Monument to Mount Stirling
Driving: 2.97 km
Heading: 249°
Avg Speed: 15.06 km/hr
EST Time: 11:49
Mount Stirling to Howqua Gap Hut
Driving: 4.35 km
Heading: 197°
Avg Speed: 13.8 km/hr
EST Time: 18:54
Howqua Gap Hut to Telephone Box Junction
Driving: 6.22 km
Heading: 322°
Avg Speed: 39.02 km/hr
EST Time: 09:33
Telephone Box Junction to Mirimbah
Driving: 9.96 km
Heading: 273°
Avg Speed: 45.44 km/hr
EST Time: 13:09
Mirimbah to Sawmill Settlement
Driving: 3.29 km
Heading: 282°
Avg Speed: 43.02 km/hr
EST Time: 04:35
Sawmill Settlement to Howqua Track turnoff - to sheepyard flat
Driving: 8.19 km
Heading: 264°
Avg Speed: 76.73 km/hr
EST Time: 06:24
Howqua Track turnoff - to sheepyard flat to Merrijig
Driving: 2.25 km
Heading: 307°
Avg Speed: 76.96 km/hr
EST Time: 01:45
Merrijig to Mount Buller Rd & Buttercup Rd
Driving: 3.82 km
Heading: 273°
Avg Speed: 83.03 km/hr
EST Time: 02:45
Mount Buller Rd & Buttercup Rd to Mansfield
Driving: 14.46 km
Heading: 295°
Avg Speed: 86.78 km/hr
EST Time: 09:59
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

What to See

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.


Where to Stay

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.

Services & Supplies

No Services & Supplies available for this trek


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