Wonnangatta Icon Drive

Wonnangatta Icon Drive

Wonnangatta Icon Drive

Wonnangatta Icon Drive

Wonnangatta Icon Drive

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Wonnangatta Icon Drive

Alpine National Park

A spectacularly scenic journey that draws four-wheel-drive tourers from all over Australia, Wonnangatta Icon Drive is a must-do for adventure-seekers in Alpine National Park. Take in the rich history and heritage of the High Country as you drive these rugged tracks.

For those keen to get well off the beaten track, into mountain history, and onto some magnificent four wheel drive tracks, the Wonnangatta Icon Drive is one of the best four wheel driving experiences in Australia.

Accessible only by 4WD, the breathtaking 222-kilometre loop takes you through Wonnangatta Valley, the Grant Historic Area, the remote community of Dargo, and up to the unmatched panoramas of the Alps offered by the Howitt and Dargo High Plains.

Explore the remains of the pioneer miners and graziers, and discover the heritage huts built by mountain cattlemen in the early 20th century. Linger by 100m waterfalls, and breathe the high mountain air as you step out of the vehicle to stroll beneath Alpine Ash and over grassy alpine plains.

Stop at the many lookouts and family walk locations to take in the glorious mountain scenery and learn more about the European history of the area, including the ruins of an old homestead near the confluence of the Conglomerate Creek and Wonnangatta River. Historic huts, bridges and campsites abound, and offer a glimpse into the hardship experienced by the pioneer settlers of the region (or, if you stop at the Loo With A View at Vallejo Gantner Hut, a meditative glimpse from a longdrop throne onto an improbably awesome view).

You should allow two to three days for this drive, and remember that many tracks are rated Difficult – this is a tour for experienced four-wheel drivers. The whole loop is classified as Very Difficult in dry conditions, so be prepared.

You'll need to take all you need for self-sufficient camping – check the Visitor Guide and 4WD Victoria's Wonnangatta Drive brochure [PDF] for more details on where to make camp.

Things To Do

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.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Hiking in Alpine National Park

Explore some of Australia's best mountain walking around Mount Bogong, including the Staircase, Eskdale Spur and a variety of other day hikes and family walks.
Two ski tourers ascend a gully on Mount Bogong in the Alpine National Park

Cross-country skiing

In winter, skiing is popular in the Lost Plain - Holmes Plain area. More experienced skiers can explore the extensive, remote open snow plains, particularly the Snowy and Howitt Plains. You may need a 4WD vehicle to access the areas along the Tamboritha Road. Expect a relatively arduous walk to reach skiable snow past the season road closure on Howitt Road.
Three hunters silhouetted at sunset.

Hunting in Alpine National Park

Sections of the Alpine National Park and Avon Wilderness Park are regarded as world class for Sambar Deer stalking.
Two friends fish off the back a boat on a misty morning on Lake Eildon.

Fishing

In quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers, in the pounding surf or in the depths beneath your boat – the waters of Victoria’s parks and reserves offer some prize catches.
Two women ride horses along a dirt path in the You Yangs Regional Park.

Horse riding

Explore the landscape on horseback to appreciate the solitude and peace of the natural environment. Victoria's parks offer a variety of horse riding experiences.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.

How to get there

Wonnangatta Icon Drive

There are several access routes to join the drive. The most popular entry points are:

  • From Heyfield through Licola
  • From Dargo
  • From Myrtleford or Porepunkah
  • From Mansfield

Facilities

Toilets
Carpark

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Need to know

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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

    Partial closure of Australian Alps Walking Track (Eastern Alps)

    A fire affected section of the Australian Alps Walking Track is currently closed between Buenba Flat and Misery Trail.

    The following vehicle tracks would be suitable as an alternative route west to east from Buenba Flat to Misery Trail:

    • Buenba Road
    • Mt Hope Road
    • Buckwong Track
    • Misery Trail

     

    Planned Aerial shooting operations - Bogong Foothills area

    Parts of this Park will be closed from Monday 22nd November – Friday 26th November and Monday 29th November – Friday 3rd December 2021. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire 

    Attachments: Alpine National Park - Bogong Foothills area Nov&Dec 2021 (731KB)

    Marathon Road Condition

    Due to a damaged culvert in State Forest at the northern end, Marathon Road is impassable. Visitors wishing to enter areas of the Alpine National Park such as the Pinnacles and Horseyard Flat should travel via Licola, Tamboritha and Moroka Roads. 

    Tamboritha, Howitt & Moroka Road Conditions

    Tamboritha, Howitt and Moroka Roads are currently recommended for Four-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive Vehicles with sufficient clearance and appropriate tyres. Vehicles travelling on these roads require attention to variations of the surface between Bennison Lookout, Howitt Car-park and Pinnacle's Day Visitor area. Always drive to the conditions and consider the weather when planning your trip.

  • 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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Deer Control (ground shooting) operation underway

    Deer control is being undertaken in this park from October 2021 to June 2022. Some localised access restrictions may apply. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire 

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