Camping in Howqua Hills

Howqua Hills Historic Area

There are nine flats on the banks of the Howqua River available for camping. These include Blackbird, Fry's, Sheepyard North and South, Davon's, Pickerings, Noonan's and Tunnel Bend Flat. These camping areas are a great base for bush walking, four-wheel driving, fishing or relaxing.

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.

Things to do

Fry's Hut, Howqua Hills Historic Area

Bushwalking in Howqua Hills Historic Area

Take in all the Howqua Hills has to offer with one of the many walks available. From short family walks to challenging hikes, Howqua Hills Historic Area has a variety of walks to choose from.
A 4WD in Bunyip State Park.

Four-wheel driving in Howqua Hills Historic Area

There are many four-wheel drive tracks to explore taking you further into the High Country. Howqua Hills Historic Area is a great base to explore further into the Alpine National Park and surrounding State Forest.
A man on a horse leads another horse across the Bogong High Plains.

Camping with your horse in the Howqua Hills

Fry’s Flat and Tunnel Bend are the designated horse camping sites located on the scenic river flats at each end of Howqua Hills Historic Area. They provide the opportunity for people to camp with their horses and explore the surrounding area on horseback.

How to get there

Camping in Howqua Hills

Need to know

Camping in Howqua Hills

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