Mansfield and Whitfield

Mansfield and Whitfield

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Alpine National Park

See Victoria’s tallest waterfall, Dandongadale Falls, plunge 255 metres over a sheer cliff face and disappear into the Ross River below. Visit Paradise Falls, where a fine silver mist spills over a red conglomerate ledge or the quaint Little Falls nestled in a narrow fern-laden gully.
Climb Mount Howitt where fine views of the Crosscut Saw, Mount Speculation and the Terrible Hollow unfold. The huge escarpments of The Bluff may seem forbidding, but natural breaks allow a fairly easy scramble to the top. Take in the views of wildflower-strewn plains and Lake Eildon and Mount Buller in the distance. The Australian Alps Walking Trail also makes its final journey through the Alpine National Park before meandering east towards Walhalla.

Although accessible from various points within the Alpine National Park, you can access the iconic Wonnangatta Drive from Mansfield. This 4WD journey takes in the historic mountain huts, finding your way to the Wonnangatta Valley, the mysterious Wonnangatta Station and old goldmining town of Talbotville.

Things To Do

 
Three horseriders saddle-up a pack horse before the day's riding.

Camping with your horse in Alpine National Park and Howqua Hills

The Alpine National Park and Howqua Hills Historic Area provide a unique and stunning backdrop for multi-day horse rides.
Two women sit beside the ephemeral Paradise Falls located near the headwaters of the King River in the Alpine National Park.

Paradise Falls

Paradise Falls cascade 31 metres and are most spectacular in spring, early summer or after rain. The walk to the viewing platform is a well‐made stepped track perfect for all ability levels.
A woman hikes to the top of Mt Cobbler with spectacular views of the High Country in the background.

Mount Cobbler Walk

Enjoy a beautiful walk to Mount Cobbler and take in amazing views from the top of the mountain. The track is relatively steep and recommended for physically fit walkers.

How to get there

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Facilities

Carpark

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, horse riding and four-wheel driving conditions. While the occasional sunny day can see daytime temperatures rise above 30°C, the nights are still cool.

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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.

  • Alpine National Park

    Track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)

    The following tracks in the Alpine NP (Omeo Management Area) are currently closed to all vehicles while condition assessments and repairs are being undertaken:
     
    Ingeegoodbee Track
    Cobberas Track
    MacFarlanes Flat Track

    Little Cobbler Track closed until further notice

    Little Cobbler Track in Alpine National Park is closed until further notice due to bridge safety concerns.

    Areas of Alpine National Park closed due to 2019/2020 fires

    Some 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. 

    Aerial shooting operation underway

    Parts of the Alpine National Park (see attached maps) will be closed from Monday 1 March to Friday 5 March 2021.

    This is to ensure safe implementation of an aerial shooting program targeting deer and feral pigs, to protect native species impacted by bushfires.

    The Dinner Plain/ Dargo High Plains area will only be closed from 1 to 4 March 2021, re-opening 5 March 2021.

    Attachments: Alpine-National-Park-access-maps (1,130KB)

    Deer control (ground shooting) - Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains and surrounds)

    Parks Victoria will be continuing its deer control program on and around the Bogong High Plains from early-December 2020 to May 2021.


    The program will be carried out under strict conditions designed to ensure safe, effective, and humane practices are implemented.  A suitably qualified and experienced contractor has been engaged to deliver the work.

    All personnel involved will be working under the supervision of Parks Victoria staff. They will be readily identifiable and will act in accordance with all legal requirements to ensure the safe use of firearms.

    All activities will comply with the requirements set out by the Department of Health and Human Services regarding hygiene and physical distancing to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

    If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

    Attachments: Deer Control Area - ANP Bogong High Plains and surrounds (419KB)

    Howitt Road conditions

    Howitt Road is currently recommended for All wheel Drive and Four Wheel Drive vehicles with sufficient clearance. Vehicles travelling on Howitt Road road  require attention to variations of the surface along the length of road between Arbuckle Junction and Howitt Car park.

  • 1st Beach (Marlo Coastal Reserve)

    Temporary track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)

    Temporary track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)

    The following tracks in the Alpine National Park (Omeo Management Area) are currently closed to all vehicles while condition assessments and repairs are being undertaken:
     
    Ingeegoodbee Track
    Cobberas Track
    MacFarlanes Flat Track

    These tracks are expected to remain closed for an extended period during 2021 while complex assessments are undertaken and options for repairs are evaluated. These tracks will remain closed for the summer and autumn/winter period of 2021. Parks Victoria will notify key stakeholders and update this information when the tracks are reopened.

  • Bungalow Spur Walk (Alpine National Park)

    Carparking at Bungalow Spur Walking is now located at Tronah Reserve

    BUNGALOW SPUR CARPARK | Council has been working with the community, the Tronoh Reserve Committee of Management and Parks Victoria to facilitate suitable, safe parking for visitors to the popular Bungalow Spur Walking Track up Mount Feathertop.
    This week new signage will be visible to those visiting the walking track:
    - A series of permanent signs will designate the area immediately opposite the existing trailhead on Feathertop Track as a drop off zone only, designed for motorists to drop off and collect walkers and their equipment.
    - A temporary Variable Message Sign will be installed to direct motorists to a new carparking area in the Tronoh Reserve and limit vehicular traffic on Feathertop Track.
    The scope of the Alpine Better Places Harrietville Detailed Concept Design project includes carparking and trailhead facilities in the Tronoh Reserve, and interested members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft concept designs during the next community consultation planned in early 2021.
    For further information, please contact Council on 5755 0555 or info@alpineshire.vic.gov.au.

 
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