Mt Stirling is an enjoyable scenic three-hour drive from Melbourne, and easy to access from Mansfield - the closest major town to the mountain.
From Mansfield, travel along Mt Buller Road for approximately 30km until you reach the toll gate at Mirimbah (you will need to pay an entry fee during winter). Once you’ve passed through the gates, turn left into Stirling Road and keep going until you reach Telephone Box Junction (TBJ). Between Mirimbah and TBJ is approximately 8km of unsealed road.
During winter, vehicles are not permitted to go any further than TBJ, and all 2-wheel drives must carry chains when travelling to this point.
In summer, all vehicles can continue further up the mountain via The Circuit Road. The Circuit Road is 47km long and winds throughout the various sub-alpine and alpine forests around Mt Stirling. It is a gravel road but still accessible by 2-wheel drive vehicles.
The Circuit Road provides a starting point for many 4WD tours across the high country, and is used to access camping spots at Pineapple Flat and King Hut in the Alpine National Park. It is also used to get to Craig’s Hut and the beautiful Bindaree Falls.
The Stirling Express park and ride is available on peak weekends during July and August. Day visitors can save money and skip the worry of wheel chains and driving in the icy conditions by parking at Mirimbah Park and taking a coach to Telephone Box Junction.