Walks in Warby-Ovens National Park

Kwat Kwat Lookout in Warby-Ovens National Park

Sunrise Walking Track in Warby-Ovens National Park

Warby-Ovens National Park

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Warby-Ovens National Park

The Warby Ranges and Killawarra Forest offer 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. Management tracks are ideal for easy walking. A GPS or topographic map and compass is recommended.

Alpine Views Walk – 2km one-way, 2hrs – Grade 3

Expansive views of the Alps can be enjoyed on a clear day. The track is also rich in orchids and other wildflowers in spring. The walk initially follows the Friends Track south east from Wenhams Camp and ends at Boilerwood Track. The track is steep in places and a moderate level of fitness is required.

Chick Hill Walk – 1km one-way, 1hr – Grade 4

A very steep climb from the corner of Wirrinya Avenue and Taffe Road in Hamilton Park rewards walkers with spectacular views of the Alps, including Mt Buffalo. The track also links up with the Ridge Track leading to Mt Glenrowan. The track is very steep with limited signage. Moderate fitness is required.

Friends Track – 4.6km loop, 2hrs – Grade 3

This self‐guided walk starts and ends at Wenhams Camp, with the opportunity of a diversion to Kwat Kwat Lookout via the Peregrine Track (1km return). The track passes a stand of iconic Grasstrees and through forested granite hills rich in birdlife and spring wildflowers. The track is hilly in places and a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is a great family walk but not suitable for prams. Watch out for mountain bikes on this popular shared-use track. 

Mt Glenrowan Lookout Walk – 9km return, 4hrs – Grade 3

Morgans Lookout on Mt Glenrowan offers unparalleled views of the Ovens and King Valleys and the Victorian Alps. The walk begins at Taminick Gap. Park on the dirt carpark on the side of the Ridge Track, before the gate. The first section is a short steep climb up the sealed road to the communication towers. With the hardest climb behind you, the rest of the walk is moderate to easy.  Mountain bikes are also permitted on this track.

Pangarang Lookout Walk – 4.5km return, 2hrs – Grade 3

This easy walk offers panoramic views to the west over farmland and floodplain. It begins from the carpark on Ferris Road and follows the Management Vehicles Only track to the lookout. The formed track has a gentle slope with some low obstacles, becoming moderately steep towards the end. Return the same way.  Mountain bikes are permitted on this track.

Pine Gully Nature Trail – 2km loop, 1hr – Grade 3

This self-guided walk introduces visitors to the park’s natural values and is an excellent place to appreciate the wildflowers in spring. After sufficient rain, the Pine Gully Falls can be seen from the viewing platform. It is steep and rocky in places and can be slippery. 

Salisbury Falls Walk – 4.5km one-way, 2hrs – Grade 4

Starting from Shanley Street, this track makes its way up Mt Warby and on through the Salisbury Falls Gorge before joining the Friends Track to Wenhams Camp. The track is steep in places with many stairs and a moderate level of fitness is required. It can be walked in reverse, or combined with the Alpine Views Track.

Springtime Flower Walk – 4.9km loop, 2.5hrs – Grade 2

This easy loop walk is a lovely family stroll through Box Ironbark forest rich in birdlife. In spring, wildflowers cover the forest floor. The track is relatively flat and well signed. Starting at Forest Camp, you can take the shorter northern loop (1.2km, 30mins) or the longer southern loop (3.7km, 2hrs) or combine them both. 

Sunrise Walking Tracks – 2-6km loop, 1hr-3hrs – Grade 3

This complex of walking tracks offers multiple options and loops ranging from two to six kilometres and from moderate to hard. During spring a variety of wildflowers can be seen here. Look out for Turquoise parrots too. The walks start at Sunrise Carpark at the end of Delloro Road. Some of the tracks are steep in places with many steps. A reasonable level of fitness and bushwalking experience is recommended.

Taylors Track and Peregrine Track – 1.7km one-way, 30mins – Grade 2

This walk leads to Kwat Kwat Lookout for excellent views of the Ovens Valley and the Victorian Alps. It provides a more direct route to the lookout from Wenhams Camp and can be used as diversion or shortcut from the Friends Track. This formed track has a mostly gentle gradient until the last 50 metres where it becomes steeper, and a few obstacles.

Warby Falls Heritage Trail – 3.2km one-way, 2hrs – 

7.4km loop, 5hrs – Grade 4

From the carpark on Booth Road, this track follows a gully with a historic saw mill, weirs, sheep washes, dams and waterfalls (dry in summer). It ends at the carpark near the corner of Booth Road and Baileys Road, next to the Taminick Winery. The gradient is gentle at the beginning and end, but steep in the middle, with multiple obstacles and undulating terrain. A high level of fitness is required.

Things to do in the area

 
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.
A picturesque photo of the stone hut near the Horn at Mt Buffalo.

Mount Buffalo National Park

Sheer cliffs, granite tors, waterfalls and big views make Mount Buffalo a must-see alpine retreat
Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.

Historic huts in Alpine National Park

There are nearly 60 huts and hut ruins in the Bogong area of the Alpine National Park. Enjoy a visit to one of these historic huts, but do not use them for accommodation - they are only for emergency refuge.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Hiking in Alpine National Park

Explore some of Australia's best mountain walking around Mount Bogong, including the Staircase, Eskdale Spur and a variety of other day hikes and family walks.

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