First Wannon Hiker Camp-Major Mitchell Plateau


First Wannon Hiker Camp-Major Mitchell Plateau

First Wannon Hike-in Camping Area is a small bush camp situated in a saddle at the headwaters of the First Wannon Creek. This site is for overnight hikers traversing the Major Mitchell Plateau. Surrounded by stunted eucalypts and sub-alpine vegetation, it provides shelter from the changeable Plateau weather.
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Located 1000m above sea level, far from civilisation or roads, you will share this campground with the occasional Peregrine Falcon, Black Footed Swamp Wallaby or other small marsupial. There are sweeping views of the Mt William and Serra Ranges stretching right across the plateau. Keep an eye out for the beautiful Banksia saxicola plants that flower during autumn.

First Wannon Hiker Camp can accommodate a maximum of 16 people in one designated area. A camping permit is required for each individual and is bookable online. A Trip Intention Form or Group Activity Statement must be lodged with Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre at least two weeks prior to undertaking this overnight hike.

One drop toilet is provided. However it is infrequently serviced. Campers must be self-sufficient, prepared for severe weather and remote area walking and should adopt a minimal impact approach. No camp fires are permitted - small fuel stoves only.

Things to do

Two friends take a guided tour near the summit of Mt William.

Mount William

Mount William or Duwul is the highest peak in the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd). This trailhead provides access to the challenging Mount William walk where you can obtain 360 degree views of the mountains and surrounding pastoral lands reward walkers for their efforts.

Brambuk The National Park and Culture Centre

Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap began with the building of the Brambuk Cultural Centre in 1989 to acknowledge, protect and share the cultures of the Jadawadjali and Djab Wurrung Peoples.

How to get there

First Wannon Hiker Camp-Major Mitchell Plateau

First Wannon is a hike-in camping area, so you'll need to leave your car somewhere. The best access points are via Sheep Hills Carpark (12.7 km walk away), Mt. William Carpark (6.8 km), or Jimmy Creek Campground (12 km).


Need to know

First Wannon Hiker Camp-Major Mitchell Plateau

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.

  • Grampians National Park

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park Update 31.03.2023

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park was impacted by heavy rainfall and flash flooding during spring and early summer 2022. Multiple roads and some visitor sites are temporarily closed for assessment, repair works and upgrades. The movement of visitors in these parts of the National Park is restricted.
    Major Road Closures

    Red Rock Road and Mitchell Road closed.
    Lodge Road is partly closed (section from Syphon Rd to Asses Ears Road).
    Regional Roads – Mt Victory Road Update
    With works to complete the final seal and finishing work at Mt Victory Road underway, the road is operating under shuttle flow with traffic management in place. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2023. Please plan your journey and follow the directions on all on-site signage. We thank the communities of Halls Gap, Wartook and surrounding areas for their continued patience while we carry out these vital works. For more information, call 133 788, email or visit Mt Victory Road west of Halls Gap | Regional Roads Victoria
    Seasonal Road Closures
    Seasonal road closures are in place due to flood damage. They have remained in place since November 2022. Seasonal roads will gradually reopen after repair works and final assessments are completed.
    Please see the latest road report attachment for full road and track details at the bottom of this page. 
    Key Visitor Sites Closures
    Boroka Lookout
    The northern viewing platform at Boroka Lookout is temporarily closed for upgrades. Visitors can still access the southern viewing platform.
    MacKenzie Falls
    The large rock shelf area, opposite the base of the MacKenzie Falls is closed. Recent investigations have revealed a significant rock fall risk from the cliff above the area.
    Views of MacKenzie Falls at the base, are from the walking track only. Due to limited viewing, the track may be crowded, especially over weekends and Easter. For visitor safety, please stay on the walking track and to avoid crowds visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Alternately, the Falls can be viewed from above, by taking the less strenuous MacKenzie Falls Lookout Walk. Further improvements are planned as part of the MacKenzie Falls Revitalisation project
    Silverband Falls
    The Silverband Falls closure is in place due to flood damage. Visitors can access Clematis Falls and the Venus Baths loop as alternative walks.
    Current Campground closures due to closed roads
    Kalymna Campground is closed.

    Grampians Peaks Trail
    Grampians Peaks Trail sites impacted by closures

    Griffin Trail Head is Four-Wheel Drive access only. 
    For park information, visitors can contact 13 1963 or visit the Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap.

    Attachments: Grampians (Gariwerd) NP Road Report 31.03.2023 (182KB)

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park - Planned Burns Autumn 2023

    Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMV) will be commencing the Autumn Planned burn program in Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park from late March to early May 2023, weather permitting.
    This year there are a number of planned burns scheduled to occur across the National Park. Visitor areas such as the Grampians Peak Tail (GPT) and some campgrounds will be affected.
    To enable FFMV staff to safely operate in the burn area and to provide protection of park visitors, closures will be in place on some roads, walking tracks and campgrounds during ignition, until the burn area is declared safe. This may be for one day or multiple days at a time.
    For more detail on how to stay informed - Please refer to the attachment below.

    Attachments: GNP_GARIWERD_ALL_AREA_INFORMATION_SHEET_2023 - Planned Burns (349KB)

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