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
Partial track closure - Besford Track, Alpine NPA severely water damaged section of Besford Track, within the Alpine National Park north of Benambra, is closed to all vehicles. There is no through access for vehicles on Besford Track between the Benambra-Corryong Road and Deep Creek Track.
Seasonal road closures 2022Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.
Mt Selwyn Road partial closureA partial closure of the Mount Selwyn Road exists between the Mount Selwyn 5 Ways (its intersection with Walsh's Track and the Buffalo Range Track) and the Canyon Road intersection. This section of track has become severely degraded due to the wet conditions and presents a risk visitor safety, water quality and further damage to the track surface. Selwyn Creek Road is the preferred alternative for travelling between the Buckland Valley and Tea Tree Range
Planned aerial shooting operations – Tom Groggin/Mt Pinnibar areaParts of this Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations are undertaken.14-18 November 202221-24 November 20228-12 May 202329 May-2 June 20235-9 June 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Alpine National Park_Tom Groggin Aerial shooting info sign (396KB)
Planned aerial shooting operations – Ingeegoodbee/Tingaringy areasParts of this Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations are undertaken.24-28 October 202228 November-2 December 20223-7 April 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Alpine National Park_Ingeegoodbee Tingaringy aerial shooting information (449KB)
Paradise Falls (Alpine National Park)
Wabonga Track ClosureWabonga Track in the Alpine National Park is currently closed between Paradise Falls Road and MacMillans Tracks.A large spring has opened up in the middle of the road creating a sink hole that presents a hazard to entering vehicles.The track will remain closed until conditions allow for road repairs. The track is expected to open in January 2023
Frys Flat Camping Area (Howqua River Heritage River, Howqua Hills Historic Area)
Vehicle access to Frys Flat Horse YardsThe Howqua Hills Track between Sheepyard Flat South and Frys Flat currently requires 4WD capability and may not be suitable for the use of floats and trailers to transport horses into this area. It is recommended that visitors inspect the track prior to crossing to ensure that they are comfortable with the condition of the track and have the ability to cross safely.Parks Victoria are currently negotiating various approvals and permits required to undertake the necessary repair and maintenance to restore this section of track.If you still wish to book and camp at Fry’s Flat with your horse, there are alternate methods of accessing the area. You can:
- Walk/ride horses in from Howqua Hills track (100-200m)
Alternative camping areas with vehicle-accessible horse yards available for booking nearby are also found at:
- Walk/ride horse in from Martin/Fern or Spring street (across the river)
- Tunnel Bend, Howqua Hills Historic Area (up to 10 horses, dogs permitted).
- 7-mile Flat, Alpine National Park (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)
- King River Hut, Alpine National Park (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)
For further information, please contact the Mansfield office on 03 5733 1200 and ask to speak to one of the PV Rangers.
- Lovicks Hut (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Planned deer control operations - Eastern RegionPlanned deer control operations - Eastern Region
More information on temporary park closures for aerial shooting operations will be provided in the coming weeks
- Alpine National Park
- Mount Bogong & Bogong High Plains
- Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains
- Foothills and Southern Alps
- Buchan Caves Reserve
- Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
- Cape Conran Coastal Park
- Coopracambra NP
- Croajingolong NP
- Errinundra NP
- Lake Tyers State Park
- Baw Baw NP
- Mount Buffalo NP
- Snowy River NP
- Upper Murray - Wabba Wilderness, Burrowa Pine NP, Mt Mittamitite
- Wilsons Prom NP