The most popular horse camps are Pretty Valley, Langfords West and Diamantina horse yards. These are ideal locations where riders can yard their horses close to camping areas and explore the High Plains from. These camping areas offer campsites, fire places and basic toilet facilities. Diamantina Yards in the West Kiewa offer low elevation riding and access to the Bogong High Plains via Westons Spur.
Horse camps are also available at Fitzgerald Hut, Kelly Hut, Mc Namara Hut Dinner Plain on Youngs Hut Track, Tawonga Huts, Bogong Jack Saddle Hut, and Camp Valley/Cleve Cole Hut (access only via Long Spur and, NO access to Mt. Bogong summit, no riding past Cleve Cole Hut). These sites don’t include yards (temporary yards permitted).
Parks Victoria has constructed yards at Pretty Valley, Langfords West and in the West Kiewa which can be booked using this page. We recommend bookings even if you have less than 5 horses due to high demand. No portable yards are permitted at this site.
The maximum number of horses which can be booked depend on the size of the yards available and are 20 horses for Pretty Valley yards, 10 horses for Langford West yards and 15 horses for Diamantina Yards in the West Kiewa.
For day rides and at remote sites, where no yards are provided (dispersed camping), the maximum number of horses is 20 (including riders and packhorses).
Permits are required for any horseriding parties larger than 5 horses (day and overnight riding), please call the office to arrange your permit.
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Camping with your horse in the Bogong High Plains
Need to know
Camping with your horse in the Bogong High Plains
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.
Howqua Hills Historic Area
Howqua Hill Track 4WD only, not suitable for horse floatsHowqua Hills Track between Tobacco Flat and Sheepyard Flat is accessible by 4WD only.Fry's Flat, which is only accessible via the Howqua Hills Track, is accessible by 4WD only.The Howqua Hills Track is not suitable for the use of floats to transport horses into this area. If you still wish to book and camp at Fry’s Flat with your horse, there are alternate methods of accessing the area:
Alternative camping areas with vehicle-accessible horse yards available for booking nearby are also found at:
- Horse Floats can be parked at Sheepyard Flat and Walk/ride horses in from Howqua Hills track (1.5km Approximately)
- 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)
- Lovicks Hut (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)
Upper Howqua Camping Area is closed.Upper Howqua Camping Area is closed.
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.
Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer – Ingeegoodbee/Tingaringy areasParts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.24-28 October 202228 November-2 December 20223-7 April 2023See attached map for more details.
Attachments: Alpine National Park_Ingeegoodbee Tingaringy aerial shooting information (449KB)
Planned Aerial shooting operations targeting deer - Dinner Plain Dargo High Plains areaParts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.14-17 November 202221-24 November 20228-11 May 202329 May-1 June 20235-8 June 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Dinner Plain_Dargo High Plains Aerial shooting information (517KB)
Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer - FeathertopParts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.14-18 November 202221-25 November 20228-12 May 202329 May-2 June 20235-9 June 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Feathertop Aerial Shooting Information (603KB)
Mt Pinnibar Track - deteriorated conditionMt Pinnibar Track between Walkers Road and Tom Groggin Track has deteriorated significantly following recent storm and flood events.Visitors are advised to consider alternate routes until repairs can be carried out.
Bogong High Plains Road is closed due to landslipBogong High Plains Road is closed due to landslip - there is no access to Falls Creek Village and Bogong High Plains trailheads. This should be considered if you planning to walk from other areas of the park and your walk finishes in Falls Creek or the trailheads nearby. There is no access to the Bogong High Plains from Mt. Beauty. The landslide is situated above Bogong Village and is moving slowly due to unprecedented rain. It is estimated that this road will be closed until at least February. Guests with reservations for the horse yards across the High Plains can still access the High Plains via Omeo Highway.
Track closures due to flood impactThe following tracks are closed due to impact by storms and flood. Crews will assess and reopen when safe:The following tracks are closed due to impact by storms and flood. Crews will assess and reopen when safe:
- Cobberas Track
- Ingeegoodbee Track
- Little Cobbler Track
Restricted Access to Mount Benambra LookoutMaintences work will be occurring on the communication tower at Mount Benambra from the 13th of February through to the 24th of February. During this time the Lookout at the summit of Mount Benambra will have limited access. The area will be signed with instructions however visitor will be expected to park below the summit at a turnaround location and may have to wait on site to climb the steps to the lookout point.
- Cobberas Track
Davies Plain Hut & Camping Area (Alpine National Park)
Temporary closure of damaged section - Davies Plain Track, Alpine National ParkA 2.3km section of Davies Plain Track, near Davies Plain Hut Camping Area within the Alpine National Park, is currently closed to all vehicles because of significant water damage and severe erosion, following recent flood and storm events in the area.As a result of the temporary closure, Davies Plain Track is not currently a thoroughfare for vehicles between Tom Groggin and Charlie Creek Camping Area.There is currently no vehicle access to Davies Plain Hut or the adjoining camping area, pending further assessments and subsequent repairs. Nearest camping areas accessible to suitable 4WD vehicles on Davies Plain Track are Charlie Creek Camping Area to the south; and Buckwong Creek Camping Area to the north (near Tom Groggin).
Attachments: Section closed to vehicles_Davies Plain Track (251KB)
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Ground shooting operations targeting deerGround shooting operations targeting deer will be undertaken in this Park from December 2022 to June 2023. The park will remain open for visitors during ground shooting operations.For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.
Ground shooting operations targeting deerGround shooting operations targeting deer will be undertaken in these Parks from December 2022 to June 2023.Some access restrictions may apply. Please observe local signage.Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains, Mount Bogong, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains, Foothills and Southern Alps)Buchan Caves ReserveBurrowa-Pine MountainCape Conran Coastal ParkCabbage Tree Creek Flora ReserveErrinundra National ParkHowitt-Wellington PlainsLake Tyers State ParkMount Baw Baw National ParkMount Buffalo National ParkMount Mittamatite Regional ParkMount Mitta Mitta Flora ReserveMount Lawson State ParkMount Granya State ParkMountain Creek Education AreaPheasant Creek Flora ReserveWabba Wilderness ParkWilsons Promontory National Park
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Mitta River Camp Grounds - Maintenance works- Big River, Jokers Flat and Anglers Rest Camp GroundsParks Victoria Staff and contractors will be commencing works on Monday 13th February with works concluding on Thursday 16th February.Working being undertaken are;1. Reforming and Resheeting sections of campground access tracks2. Vegetation management3. Tree management - ArboristSites will not be closed to the public, traffic and public safety systems will be in place.Potential impact to campers are;1. Increased noise due to machinery2. slight delays to access and egressThese works are important in keeping the landscape open, safe and clean.