Camping with your horse in the Bogong High Plains

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Camping with your horse in the Bogong High Plains

Alpine National Park

Howqua Hills Historic Area

Horse yards can be reserved in advance during the season. No fees apply.
Reserve a Horse Yard
The Bogong High Plains in the Alpine National Park protect pristine mountains, offering a unique horse riding experience during the summer season between 1st December and 30th of April, making it a very popular choice for horseriding.

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.

Things to do in the area

 
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.
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.

How to get there

Camping with your horse in the Bogong High Plains

Toilets

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 floats

    Howqua 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:
    • Horse Floats can be parked at Sheepyard Flat and Walk/ride horses in from Howqua Hills track (1.5km Approximately)
     
    Alternative camping areas with vehicle-accessible horse yards available for booking nearby are also found at:
    • 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 NP

    A 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 areas

    Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.
     
    24-28 October 2022
    28 November-2 December 2022
    3-7 April 2023
     
    See 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 area

    Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.
     
    14-17 November 2022
    21-24 November 2022
    8-11 May 2023
    29 May-1 June 2023
    5-8 June 2023
     
    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: Dinner Plain_Dargo High Plains Aerial shooting information (517KB)

    Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer - Feathertop

    Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.
     
    14-18 November 2022
    21-25 November 2022
    8-12 May 2023
    29 May-2 June 2023
    5-9 June 2023
     
    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: Feathertop Aerial Shooting Information (603KB)

    Mt Pinnibar Track - deteriorated condition

    Mt 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 landslip

    Bogong 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 impact

    The 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
    • McFarlines Flat Track

    Restricted Access to Mount Benambra Lookout

    Maintences 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.

  • Davies Plain Hut & Camping Area (Alpine National Park)

    Temporary closure of damaged section - Davies Plain Track, Alpine National Park

    A 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 deer

    Ground 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 deer

    Ground 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 Reserve
    Burrowa-Pine Mountain
    Cape Conran Coastal Park
    Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
    Errinundra National Park
    Howitt-Wellington Plains
    Lake Tyers State Park
    Mount Baw Baw National Park
    Mount Buffalo National Park
    Mount Mittamatite Regional Park
    Mount Mitta Mitta Flora Reserve
    Mount Lawson State Park
    Mount Granya State Park
    Mountain Creek Education Area
    Pheasant Creek Flora Reserve
    Wabba Wilderness Park
    Wilsons Promontory National Park

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Mitta River Camp Grounds - Maintenance works- Big River, Jokers Flat and Anglers Rest Camp Grounds

    Parks 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 tracks
    2. Vegetation management
    3. Tree management - Arborist

    Sites 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 machinery 
    2. slight delays to access and egress 

    These works are important in keeping the landscape open, safe and clean.

 
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