Warby-Ovens National Park

Warby-Ovens National Park

Warby-Ovens National Park

Sacred Kingfisher at Warby-Ovens National Park

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Warby-Ovens National Park

Warby-Ovens National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Yorta Yorta Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

This diverse park offers visitors the chance to explore many different landscapes, from the granite hills and woodlands of the Warby Ranges, the Box‐Ironbarks of Killawarra Forest, and the River Red Gum forests and wetlands of the heritage-listed Ovens River. Enjoy spectacular views, great walking and cycling, horse riding, canoeing, boating and fishing, or relax at your campsite and watch the local wildlife.

Located between the Victorian Alps and the Murray Valley, Warby‐Ovens National Park protects some of the State’s most significant bushland. The park's three distinct landscapes - the granitic hills and woodlands of the Warby Range, the Box‐Ironbarks forests of Killawarra, and the River Red Gum forests and wetlands of the heritage-listed Ovens River - provide a sanctuary for native plants and animals.

Only 10 kilometres from Wangaratta, it’s easy to access for a day trip to enjoy walks, picnics, birdwatching, bike rides, horse riding or a scenic drive. The views from Ryan's Lookout and Kwat Kwat Lookout are exceptional, especially in winter, with snow-covered peaks in the distance.

Explore the maze of walking tracks in the Warby Range and Killawarra Forest and enjoy the park's diverse birdlife and spring wildflowers. Or relax by the river with a picnic or barbecue.

Bring your gear and spend a few days camping, swimming, fishing and boating. The Ovens River provides some of the best still-water canoeing in the state, ideal for paddlers of any ability.

Look for reptiles sunning themselves on exposed granite slabs and Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring overhead. Early morning and late afternoon are generally the best times to see birds and other wildlife, like Swamp Wallabies or Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

Things To Do

 
A boardwalk in the Warby-Ovens National Park

Walking in Warby-Ovens

Explore Warby Ranges and Killawarra Forest with a variety of walks along designated tracks, ranging in length and difficulty. There are no defined walking tracks along the Ovens River, but visitors can explore the River Red Gum forests by following the vehicle tracks and riverbanks. A GPS or topographic map and compass is recommended.
The reflection of the sky in the Ovens River wetlands in the Warby-Ovens National Park

Camping in Warby-Ovens

Choose from a range of unpowered camping options, including Wenham's Camp, Killawarra Forest Camp and dispersed bush camping along the Ovens River. No fees or bookings are required. Campers must be self-sufficient and bring their own firewood and drinking water.
The reflection of the sky in the Ovens River wetlands in the Warby-Ovens National Park

Water activities

Boat, canoe, fish and swim at a variety of spots along the Ovens River.

Warby-Ovens National Park

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Koalas
Wombats
Kangaroos
Wallabies

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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How to get there

Warby-Ovens National Park

Warby-Ovens National Park is 240km north east of Melbourne and 10km west of Wangaratta. It is best accessed from Wangaratta via Wangandary and Yarrawonga Roads.

When to go

Escape from the heat of summer along the Ovens River. Enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing, boating or camping. In summer, the waterfalls in the Warby Ranges dry up and the temperature can be uncomfortable for bushwalking. Avoid walking in the heat of the day, and carry plenty of water.

Need to know

Warby-Ovens National Park

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.

  • Warby-Ovens National Park

    Puzzle Bend Bridge


    Puzzle Bend Bridge within Warby -Ovens National Park is now closed to all traffic, including pedestrians, for safety reasons. This bridge has been ben closed to vehicle traffic for several years. There are many alternative bends of the Ovens River that can be accessed nearby in the park.
     

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Partial Park Closure Due to Flooding

    Due to the Ovens River flooding, the following tracks are closed in the Warby-Ovens National Park:
     
    Hills Track, Wilsons Track, Boundary track, Frosts Crossing Track, Ovens Track, Nicklaus Track, Yellow Creek Track, South Track, Robinsons Bend Track and Mcquades Bend Track. Local staff will monitor river heights & track conditions and reopen tracks once it is safe to do so.
     
    Alternative camping spots on the Ovens River can be found at Mclaughlins Bend and Camerons Bend.

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