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.

Kennedys Hut

Kennedys Hut is near 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.

Need to know

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.

  • Moroka Hut and Camping Area (Alpine National Park)

    Moroka River Pedestrian Bridge CLOSED until further notice

    The Moroka River pedestrian bridge is closed until further notice due to being assessed as structurally unsound. 

    Access to Moroka Hut is via the Moroka Range Walking Track (4WD only). 

  • Pinnacles Lookout Day Visitor Area

    Pinnacles toilet CLOSED until further notice

    The drop toilet located at the Pinnacles lookout is closed until further notice due to maintenance requirements. The closest alternative toilet is at Horseyard Flat, Alpine National Park. 
    We apologise for any inconvenience. 

  • Alpine National Park

    Eastern Alps track closures due to storm and flood damage

    The 4x4 tracks in the Eastern Region are an iconic part of Victoria and an important focal point for many people. With a large number of visits per year, they are very popular for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, mountain biking and four-wheel driving.
    Unfortunately, sometimes we must close infrastructure in the interests of public safety and environmental protection.

    The following tracks have been significantly damaged by storms and floods and are currently closed to motor vehicles to ensure public safety and environmental protection:
    • Cobberas Track
    • Macfarlane Flat Track
    • Ingeegoodbee Track
     The tracks are likely to remain closed to motor vehicles until detailed site assessments have been completed. Assessments and repair works are not expected to be completed until late 2024 / early 2025.
     
    Before visiting, Visitors should always check the Parks Victoria website for the latest information about their destination.

    Restricted Access at Eastern end of Spring Saddle Track

    The eastern end of Spring Saddle Track has restricted access due to machinery continuing to clear soil as part of the Bogong Village landslip remediation works.  The track is open to pedestrian traffic but not vehicles and no Park visitors will be able to enter the works site at the Eastern end of Spring Saddle Track. There is signage explaining the restrictions at the Spring Saddle Track Fainter Fire Trail intersections. 

    Road Conditions – Tamboritha and Howitt Roads

    Tamboritha and Howitt Roads in the Foothills and Southern Alps area of the Alpine National Park are currently recommended for all wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles with sufficient clearance and appropriate tyres. Road maintenance works have been completed on sections the Tamboritha and Howitt Roads  in summer 2024, however some road surfaces conditions remain poor. 

    Vehicles travelling on the these roads require attention to variations of the surface condition. 

    Allow more time for your journey and always drive to the conditions.

    Ground shooting operations targeting Feral Pigs Eastern Alps from 15 April 2024.

    Ground operations (ground shooting) targeting Feral Pigs are undertaken across the Eastern Alps, and include areas to the west and north of Suggan Buggan, west of Wulgulmerang, and east of Cobberas and Brumby.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.

    This work is to be carried out dusk to dawn from:
    * 15 to 26 April, and
    * 29 May to 15 June 2024.

    Attachments: Flyer for feral pig control FINAL (165KB)

    Road maintenance - Tamboritha Road

    Road maintenance is currently underway on Tamboritha Road in the Foothills & Southern Alps area of the Alpine National Park.  There will be an increase in Truck movements and equipment operating along Tamboritha Road between Bennison Gravel Pit and Arbuckle Junction. 

    Please be aware traffic management is in place with possible delays. Always adhere to signs and please drive carefully and to the conditions.

    Mt Pinnibar Track - poor track conditions

    Mt Pinnibar Track, between Walkers Road and Tom Groggin Track, has developed sections of significant and deep track erosion following flood and storm events.
    While the track remains open it is recommended that only experienced drivers in well equipped 4WD vehicles attempt this track in dry conditions.
    All visitors are advised to consider alternate routes to the summit of Mt Pinnibar until repairs can be carried out.

    Bogong High Plains Road

    Following the landslide at Bogong Village the Bogong High Plains Road is now open however remediation work will continue into the foreseeable future to rectify the damage created by the landslide. Parks Victoria advises that all visitors check the Regional Roads Victoria and  Victoria's big build website for the latest traffic updates on closures or delays before visiting.
     https://regionalroads.vic.gov.au/map/north-eastern-improvements/bogong-high-plains-road-landslip 
    https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/mrpv/bogong-high-plains-road-landslip 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    TRACK CLOSURE: Wild Horse Gap Track, Alpine National Park

    Wild Horse Gap Track is currently closed as a result of poor track condition until further notice. 

    Access to the park is not affected - alternate routes are available that will enable transit through this section of the Alpine National Park. If you require assistance with journey planning as a result of the closure, please contact the local Parks Victoria office for assistance via 13 19 63.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Ground shooting operations targeting deer

    Control operations (ground shooting) targeting deer are undertaken in this area.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.
     
    For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

  • Federation Hut (Alpine National Park)

    Water tank at Federation Hut is currently empty.

    The water tank at Federation Hut is currently empty and will not be replenished until significant rainfalls.
     
    The nearby springs have also slowed up, so walkers should consider taking their own water with them and not be fully reliant on those springs in case they do stop flowing.

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