Benambra, Buchan and Bonang

Benambra, Buchan and Bonang

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Benambra, Buchan and Bonang

Alpine National Park

Nestled in the north of Alpine National Park, and bordering Kosciuszko National Park, the wild and remote Benambra, Buchan and Bonang area is Victoria’s modern world escape. Explore the magnificent Snowy River, picturesque Suggan Buggan Valley, the headwaters of the Murray River, and spectacular peaks of Mount Cobberas and Tingaringy.
Taking in the quaint hamlets of Bonang, Tubbut and Suggan Buggan, this remote corner of the Alpine National Park is an adventure-lovers dream. Journey along Limestone Road or McKillops Road to access its wild peaks and valleys. Or if you’re a seasoned four-wheel driver, venture deep into the wilderness along the Davies Plain Iconic Drive.

For experienced bushwalkers, take on scenic hikes to the peaks of Mount Stradbroke, Mount Cobberas, Cowombat Flat or Tingaringy Falls, and when you’re done for the day, pitch a tent in the remote Native Dog Flat, Willis or McKillop Bridge Camping Areas.

If you’re not strapped for time, trek the extraordinary 650-kilometre Australian Alps Walking Trail. The walk meanders from Walhalla through Baw Baw and the Alpine National Park, before crossing into New South Wales and concluding its journey in Canberra.

Enjoy a day out on the rapids of the Snowy River for an unforgettable experience. Launch your canoe, kayak or raft from Willis Camping Area or the historic McKillop Bridge. The heritage-listed bridge was built in the 1930s to allow vehicles, and more importantly livestock, safe passage across a spectacular gorge that the Snowy River has carved.

Things to do in the area

 
Kennedys Hut near Benambra in the Alpine National Park.

Mt Benambra Hut

Mt Benambra Hut is located just below the summit of Mt Benambra.
Two women camp in the Alpine National Park at twilight.

Dispersed camping in Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park offers some of the most authentic and scenic bush camping opportunities in Victoria.

How to get there

Benambra, Buchan and Bonang

This part of the Alpine National Park adjoins Kosciuszko National Park along its northern boundary and the Snowy River National Park to the south.

The park is between 440 and 500 km north-east of Melbourne. The main access roads are all unsealed, narrow and winding and generally unsuitable for caravans.

The Snowy River Road accesses the Snowy River at Willis on the state border. This road becomes the Barry Way across the border and passes through Kosciuszko National Park en route to Jindabyne.

The Bonang Road from Orbost is an alternative approach - McKillop Road branches from it a few kilometres south of Bonang.

The Limestone-Black Mountain Road crosses the central part of the park and links Benambra to the Snowy River Road. This road is often closed in winter as a result of heavy snowfalls.

Facilities

Carpark
BBQ

When to go

The mild summer temperatures found in the high altitudes of the Alpine National Park are the perfect retreat from its lower-lying counterparts and make for perfect hiking conditions. While the occasional sunny day can see daytime temperatures rise above 30°C, the nights are still cool.

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Benambra, Buchan and Bonang

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Extended seasonal road closures 2019

    Some roads in this park are subject to extended seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. View the list of 2019 seasonal road closures for details and check the corresponding map numbers with the seasonal road closure 2019 index map for locations of the extended closures and visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.

    Brocks Road closure for works

    Brocks Road will be closed between Howqua Track and 8 Mile Gap from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday 4 December and Wednesday 11 December for works.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Kelly Lane reopening following seasonal closure

    Kelly Lane will reopen effective Thursday 21st November following an assessment of track condition. The bridge accessing the track from Thomastown (across Shaw Creek) is temporarily closed in the interest of public safety. Access to all Kelly Lane visitor sites can still be obtained from the Howitt Road entrance, or via Scrubby Hill track (4WD only). Thomastown Camping Area remains open.

  • Alpine National Park

    Dargo High Plains Road closure

    The Dargo High Plains Road (managed by the Alpine Shire Council) will remain closed until the end of November from the closure gate, approximately 1km south of Lanky Plain. For further information please call the Alpine Shire on 03 5755 0555, or refer to their website.

    Nobs Track closure

    Nobs Track, between Brocks Road and the Son of a Bitch Track and Nobs Track intersection, will be closed from 18 November to 2 December due to road works.

    Poor condition of Armstrong Track, Deddick Valley

    Armstrong Track is in very poor condition with several very steep, loose and severely rutted sections. The track condition deteriorates progressively the further south you travel, with the worst section of the track being the final descent towards the Deddick River near Bull Flat. The track is rated as double black diamond (very difficult in dry conditions) and should only be attempted by groups of experienced drivers in well-equipped vehicles with recovery equipment and should not be attempted in wet conditions. The track should only be driven in a southerly direction from Mt Taylor to Bull Flat and drivers should not proceed past any point where they would not be able to drive in the opposite direction.

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