Camping on the nine flats is free, with basic facilities provided, including pit toilets. No bookings are required, except for those camping with a horse. There are basic facilities, including pit toilets. All areas can be accessed by 2WD vehicles including camper vans and caravans. Please exercise caution on the Howqua Track in wet weather and be vigilant for other road users.
Bringing your own firewood is recommended at these popular campsites. If you need to collect firewood, please remember to collect off the ground only. Please use an existing fireplace wherever possible – these are provided on most flats. Camping with dogs is permitted in Howqua Hills Historic Area, however dogs must be controlled with a leash at all times.
Campers at Fry's Flat can explore Fry's Hut, an iconic historic hut site on the banks of the Howqua River. Fred Fry featured in Nevil Shute's book 'A Far Country' and built many huts in the area including Noonan's and Pickering's Huts, Upper Jamieson Hut and Ritchie's Hut.
From Tunnel Bend campsite, explore the Tunnel, a 100-metre tunnel built in 1884. It served as a link between the Howqua River and the 4 km water race to the 'Hanney' water wheel, located at the processing works along the Heritage Trail. Camping with horses is permitted at both Fry's Flat and Tunnel Bend Flat. These sites provide the opportunity to camp with your horse and explore the surrounding area on horseback.
7 Mile and 8 Mile campgrounds in the nearby Alpine National Park provide more great options for campers. Please remember dogs are not allowed in Alpine National Park.
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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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
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.
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)