The Wellington River has 13 numbered campsites just north of Licola on the Tamboritha Road. Sites offer facilities such as toilets, fire places and picnic tables. You can enjoy camping under the shady trees with easy access to the river. The geology of the surrounding area is spectacular and makes for a memorable camping experience.
The spectacular Wonnagatta Valley lies among forbidding mountains accessible to adventurous walkers, four-wheel drive enthusiasts, horse riders and deer hunters. Follow the epic Wonnangatta Drive and discover the ruins of an old homestead near the confluence of the Conglomerate Creek and Wonnangatta River, cattlemen’s huts on the high alpine plains and Grants Historic Area which includes the large grassy Talbotville camping area, just beyond the boundaries of the Alpine National Park.
Bryce’s Gorge is arguably one of Victoria’s most spectacular natural features. Not too far from Guys Hut, there is little warning of its existence until the open plains and snowgum woodlands plunge abruptly into a deep abyss. Follow the Bryce’s Gorge Circuit Walk to see Pieman and Conglomerate Falls tumble over the rim of the gorge into a chasm below.
Climb to the top of Mount Howitt, breaking at Vallejo Garntner Hut. Heritage listed for its architectural values, the hut was built in 1970.
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Heyfield, Licola and Dargo
When to go
The best time to explore the Alpine National Park on foot is between November and April. 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.
Head towards the Mount Howitt and the Snowy Plains in summer when masses of wildflowers carpet the slopes – from Billy Buttons to Snow and Swamp Paper Daisies.
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Heyfield, Licola and Dargo
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.
Tali Karng (Alpine National Park)
Tali Karng partial closureDue to fires in March 2019, many tracks are currently closed in the Tali Karng area. No access is currently available to Tali Karng itself, with only a section of the Wellington River walking track from the Tamboritha Road to the intersection of Chromite Mine vehicle track open. This section of the track was not fire affected, has been assessed by local rangers and is safe for public access
Alpine National Park
Areas of Alpine National Park closed due to 2019/2020 firesSome tracks and areas in the Alpine National Park remain closed due to fire damage during the 2019/2020 bushfires. Please check the Fire affected parks page for a full list of closures.
Herne Spur and Wombat Range seasonal gates inaccessible for reopening due to river heightsDue to the significant rainfall that has affected parts of the Alpine National Park in the Southern Alps, the seasonal road closure gates on Herne Spur and Wombat Range tracks leading into the Wonnangatta Valley have been unsafe to access due to river heights, and remain closed. Access to the Wonnangatta Valley will only be from Zeka Spur track or the north east approach. Herne Spur and Wombat Range track gates will be reopened as soon as it is safe to access these areas and when river heights drop.
Deer control operation underwayDeer control (ground shooting) is being undertaken in parts of the park, to protect native species impacted by bushfires. This operation poses no risk to visitor safety.
Blue Rag Range gate access via south Basalt only
Due to the extended seasonal closure of the Dargo High Plains Road managed by the Alpine Shire, the only access to Blue Rag Range track is via South Basalt track. For further information about the Dargo High Plains Road please speak to the Alpine Shire (https://www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au/council/contact-us, Phone: 03 5755 0555, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Extended seasonal road closures 2020Some 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 2020 seasonal road closures for details and check the corresponding map numbers with the seasonal road closure 2020 index map for locations of the extended closures and visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.
Mount Tingaringy (Alpine National Park)
Feral Pig Ground Shooting UnderwayFeral pig (ground shooting) is being undertaken in the Alpine National Park during October 2020, to protect native species and communities in the area. This operation poses no risk to visitor safety.