First Wannon Hiker Camp-Major Mitchell Plateau

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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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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.

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

 
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Mount William

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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).

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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 1.12.2022

    Grampians Gariwerd National Park has been affected by heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the past month. Multiple roads and visitor sites are temporarily closed until floodwaters recede and sites can be assessed as safe. Visitor movement around the National Park is restricted due to road closures. Tree-fall may be an ongoing issue with wet soils and strong winds.
     
    Major Road Closures (due to flood water or damaged crossings)

    • Mt Victory Road is open. For more information, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au and search ‘Mt Victory Road Halls Gap’, call 133 788 
    -          Glenelg River Road is closed in sections
    -          Lodge Road is closed
    -          Rose creek road is closed
    -          Multiple other roads and tracks in the north end of Victoria Valley
    -          Mitchell Road – closed
    -          Serra road – closed
    -          Glenelg river road south – open
    -          Mt Difficult road is open – 4WD only
    **See latest road report for full road and track details at the bottom of this page

    Key Visitor Sites impacted by walking track closure

    • Mackenzie Falls: Access to the Eastern Rock Shelf (across the steppingstones) at Mackenzie Falls is not open. Visitors can still access the walking track through to Fish Falls and Zumsteins
    • The Silverband Falls temporary closure is still in place due to flood damage. Visitors can access Clematis Falls and the Venus Baths loop as an alternative.
     
    Current Campground closures due to closed roads
     
    -          Boreang Campground is closed
    -          Kalymna Campground is closed
     
    Grampians Peaks Trail
    Flash flooding has impacted many creek crossings, some are currently impassable, many have fast flowing water and deep channels. Some roads are temporarily closed surrounding the trail, so support services are not available in some areas. Weather conditions remain wet with strong winds.
     
    Grampians Peaks Trail sites impacted by closures:


    Temporary section closure of Grampians Peaks Trail – Base of Mt Sturgeon through to Dunkeld (Section S4) Recent heavy rains have caused flash flood impacts in areas of Grampians Gariwerd National Park. The section of Grampians Peaks Trail from the base of Mt Sturgeon through to Dunkeld is impassable. Hikers can still access Mt Sturgeon. Hikers are rerouted into Dunkeld from Emergency Marker GNP244, heading north to the Mt Sturgeon car park. Hikers will then walk south into Dunkeld on the eastern side of Victoria Valley Road. Signage has been installed to guide hikers. This is a temporary rerouting and will be reassessed when water levels drop.
     
    Griffin Trail Head is Four-Wheel Drive access only 
     
    For park information, visitors can contact 13 1963 or they can visit Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap.
     

    Attachments: Grampians NP Road Report 01.12.2022 (165KB)

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