Mount Stirling

Mount Stirling

The Bluff Spur Hut at Mount Stirling
Highest point
Elevation 1,747 m (5,732 ft)[1] AHD
Coordinates 37°07′S 146°31′E / 37.117°S 146.517°E / -37.117; 146.517
Location Victoria, Australia
Parent range Great Dividing Range
First ascent Unknown
Easiest route Hike/ski/4WD
Mt Stirling Alpine Resort

Telemark skier at Mount Stirling
Location Mount Stirling
Nearest city Benalla, Victoria
Coordinates 37°07′S 146°29′E / 37.117°S 146.483°E / -37.117; 146.483 (Mt Stirling Alpine Resort)

Mount Stirling is a mountain in the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range, located in the Hume region of Victoria, Australia. The mountain has an elevation of 1,747–1,749 metres (5,732–5,738 ft) above sea level.[1][2]

Mount Stirling is also an abbreviation of the Mount Stirling Alpine Resort, a cross-country and backcountry ski resort located on the slopes of the mountain and situated approximately 230 kilometres (140 mi) from Melbourne. The Mount Stirling ski resort is a popular location for beginner backcountry skiers and snowboarders due to its distance from Melbourne and proximity to the Mount Buller Alpine Resort. The Mount Stirling Alpine Resort is contained within an 2,820-hectare (7,000-acre) Unincorporated area of Victoria; the larger surrounding locality of Mount Buller is part of the Shire of Mansfield. As at the 2011 census, the area had a population of 36.[3]

Mount Stirling was named in honour of James Stirling, a surveyor and later, the Victorian Government Geologist.[4]

Location and features

The mountain and ski resort are located at the head of the Delatite River, which flows westwards. It is surrounded by the Stirling Circuit Road, which provides access to mountains further into the Victorian Alps. In winter the road is closed at Telephone Box Junction, from which it is generally possible to ski to reach the summit (depending on conditions it is sometimes necessary to walk the lower section).

The mountain has fantastic views across to nearby Mount Buller as well as the high range that runs from Mount Cobbler through Mount Speculation and the Cross cut Saw and Mount Howitt. From there the range swings westwards, finishing in The Bluff, an impressive tilted plateau that has large clifflines on its northern side.

The lower reaches of the mountain are dominated by Alpine Ash forests, which merge into Snowgum Woodlands above approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft). There is a small part of the summit area which sits above treeline.


There are a number of huts in the area of Mount Stirling providing emergency refuge to visitors:

Seasonal activities

In winter the area is a patrolled cross country and back country ski resort. Maps of ski trails are available at the entry gate.

In summer the area is popular with four wheel drivers and bush walkers. The trail from the Circuit Road to the summit takes less than two hours to walk and is popular for day and over night trips. Also, when it is not snowing or in danger of bushfires, the area is used by numerous educational groups.

See also


  1. 1 2 "Mount Stirling: Historical Information". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  2. "Stirling 2010: Draft Management Strategy" (PDF) (PDF). Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board. January 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Community Profiles: Mount Stirling Alpine Resort (Statistical Local Area)". 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  4. "Mount Stirling Alpine Resort: Information and Resource Kit" (PDF) (PDF). Alpine Resorts Commission. c. 1992. p. 10. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  5. "Bushfires ravage iconic Craig's Hut". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 December 2006.
  6. "Our latest news for Summer 2007-08". High Country Horses. Merrijig Victoria. Retrieved 27 November 2007.

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Coordinates: 37°07′S 146°30′E / 37.117°S 146.500°E / -37.117; 146.500

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