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
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
Need to know
Wonnangatta Icon Drive
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 TrackCobberas TrackMacFarlanes 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 areaParts 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 ConditionsTamboritha, 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 ReserveBUNGALOW 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Deer Control (ground shooting) operation underwayDeer control is being undertaken in this park from October 2021 to June 2022. Some 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