Ritchies Hut (Howqua River Heritage River, Alpine National Park)

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Ritchies Hut (Howqua River Heritage River, Alpine National Park)

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Ritchies Hut (Howqua River Heritage River, Alpine National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • None applicable

Warnings

  • Terrain hazards
    • Steep track
  • Other warnings
    • No mobile phone reception
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes
  • Water hazards
    • Deep water

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Davies Plain Track - 2.3 km track section currently closed due to flood damage

A 2.3km section of Davies Plain Track, near Davies Plain Hut Camping Area within the Alpine National Park, is currently closed to all vehicles because of significant water damage and severe erosion, following recent flood and storm events in the area.  As a result of the temporary closure, Davies Plain Track is not a thoroughfare for vehicles between Tom Groggin and Charlies Creek Camping Area. There is currently no vehicle access to Davies Plain Hut or the adjoining camping area, pending further assessments and subsequent repairs. Nearest camping areas accessible to suitable 4WD vehicles on Davies Plain Track are Charlies Creek Camping Area to the south; and Buckwong Creek Camping Area to the north (near Tom Groggin). 

Attachments: Flood damaged track section currently closed to all vehicles Davies Plain south (189KB)

Eastern Alps track closures due to storm and flood damage

The 4x4 tracks in the Eastern Region are an iconic part of Victoria and an important focal point for many people. With a large number of visits per year, they are very popular for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, mountain biking and four-wheel driving.
Unfortunately, sometimes we must close infrastructure in the interests of public safety and environmental protection.

The following tracks have been significantly damaged by storms and floods and are currently closed to motor vehicles to ensure public safety and environmental protection:
  • Cobberas Track
  • Macfarlane Flat Track
  • Ingeegoodbee Track
 The tracks are likely to remain closed to motor vehicles until detailed site assessments have been completed. Assessments and repair works are not expected to be completed until late 2024 / early 2025.
 
Before visiting, Visitors should always check the Parks Victoria website for the latest information about their destination.

Wobonga Track Closure

Wobonga Track is CLOSED due to upgrade works being completed. This closure will be in effect until the 30th of April. 

- Alternative access to King Basin Track is via Basin Track and Long Spur Track. 

Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer - Alpine National Park

Parts of the Alpine National Park will be closed while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken (See attached map for details).
 
The closures will apply during the following dates:
 
29 April – 2 May 2024 (Bogong High Plains)
29 April – 3 May 2024 (Feathertop and Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains)
 
The following tracks and visitor areas will be open during the operation:
 
OPEN – MT FEATHERTOP AREA
·     Bungalow Spur
·     The Razorback
·     Diamantina Spur
·     Mt Feathertop
·     Federation Hut
·     West Kiewa Logging Road
·     Blairs Hut
 
OPEN – MT HOTHAM/DINNER PLAIN AREA
·     Great Alpine Road
·     Dargo High Plains Road
·     Dinner Plain Track
·     Blue Rag Range Track
·     Machinery Spur
·     Swindlers Spur
·     Dibbins Hut
·     Brabralung Trail
·     Carmichael Falls
·     Dead Timber Hill Walking Track
·     Room with a View Walking Track
 
OPEN – BOGONG HIGH PLAINS AREA
·     Bogong High Plains Road
·     Pretty Valley Road
·     Wallace Hut
·     Pretty Valley Hut
·     Pretty Valley Camping Area
·     Mountain Creek Camping Area
·     Big River Camping Area
 
For more information about the program and park closures, please visit this link

Attachments: Alpine National Park aerial operations information April_May 2024 (9,883KB)

Moroka River Pedestrian Bridge CLOSED until further notice

The Moroka River pedestrian bridge is closed until further notice due to being assessed as structurally unsound. 

Access to Moroka Hut is via the Moroka Range Walking Track (4WD only). 

Temporary closure of Bennies and surrounding tracks for Planned Burn

Planned burning operations are scheduled in this park which will result in the temporary closure of the following sites and tracks:

- Bennies Camping Area
- Bennies Day Visitor Area
- Bennies Lane
- Cherry Tree Track
- Wild Horse Gap Track
- Lake Cobbler Track
- Stockyard Track
- Burnt Top Track
- Upper Rose River Track

The sites and tracks listed above will be closed from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from Sunday 21 April 2024, subject to favourable weather. Check the status of the current planned burns at https://plannedburns.ffm.vic.gov.au. 

Whites Track and Humffray River Track closed for fuel reduction burn

Due to a Forest Fire Management fuel reduction burn in the State Forest adjacent to the Alpine National Park, Whites Track and Humffray River Track will be closed Monday 22nd April through to Friday 26th April 2024.

Planned Burning - Scheduled for Ignition - Various North of Omeo

DEECA FFMV have the following burns within the Alpine NP north of Omeo Valley, west of Benambra, scheduled for ignition this week:
 
Upper Murray Land & Fire District
Dartmouth – JP Gap Trk
Glen Valley – One Mile Spur Trk
 
Tambo Land & Fire District
Omeo Valley – Nine Mile Creek 
Forest Fire  Managment Victoria will install track closure signage at relevant intersections.
 
One of the boundary tracks for the One Mile Spur Tk burn (8 Mile Loop Tk) is also a section of the Australian Alps Walking Track. Resources will be assigned to escort any walkers through this section of the AAWT during ignition and patrol.
The following tracks will be closed during ignition and patrol over the next 6 days:
 
8 Mile Loop Tk
Four Mile Creek Tk (between Kellys Road and Wombat Creek Tk)
One Mile Spur Tk
Toms Link Tk
JP Gap Tk
Knocker Link Tk
 
Note: Knocker Tk and Kellys Road will remain open, subject to speed restriction/traffic control where necessary

Attachments: AAWT Planned Burn Area April 24 (210KB)

Bogong High Plains Road

Following the landslide at Bogong Village the Bogong High Plains Road is now open however remediation work will continue into the foreseeable future to rectify the damage created by the landslide. Parks Victoria advises that all visitors check the Regional Roads Victoria and  Victoria's big build website for the latest traffic updates on closures or delays before visiting.
 https://regionalroads.vic.gov.au/map/north-eastern-improvements/bogong-high-plains-road-landslip 
https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/mrpv/bogong-high-plains-road-landslip 

Ambyne Settlement Road - Very Poor Condition, Limited Access to Alpine National Park east of the Snowy River

Ambyne Settlement Road passes through private property and links Ambyne Road with Ambyne Track, Amboyne Boundary Track and Blackguard Gully Track.  This road provides one of the few access routes into and out of the Alpine National Park on the eastern side of the Snowy River.

Recent severe storms caused local flash flooding in the Ambyne Valley and have resulted in parts of Ambyne Settlement Road becoming severely damaged with washed out creek crossings in several areas.

Visitors need to be advised that access into and out of the Alpine National Park via Ambyne Settlement Road is currently very difficult and should only be attempted by experienced drivers with high clearance 4WDs and recovery equipment.

There are no alternate, publicly accessible routes nearby which provide access through the private property in the Ambyne Valley.

Attachments: Map - Ambyne Settlement Rd - Very Poor Condition (1,400KB)

Restricted Access at Eastern end of Spring Saddle Track

The eastern end of Spring Saddle Track has restricted access due to machinery continuing to clear soil as part of the Bogong Village landslip remediation works.  The track is open to pedestrian traffic but not vehicles and no Park visitors will be able to enter the works site at the Eastern end of Spring Saddle Track. There is signage explaining the restrictions at the Spring Saddle Track Fainter Fire Trail intersections. 

Storm Damage to Dry River Walking Track

Dry River Walking Track has been impacted by storm events and is in poor condition and difficult to navigate with horses. Alternative tracks should be considered.

Mt Pinnibar Track - poor track conditions

Mt Pinnibar Track, between Walkers Road and Tom Groggin Track, has developed sections of significant and deep track erosion following flood and storm events.
While the track remains open it is recommended that only experienced drivers in well equipped 4WD vehicles attempt this track in dry conditions.
All visitors are advised to consider alternate routes to the summit of Mt Pinnibar until repairs can be carried out.

Ground shooting operations targeting deer

Control operations (ground shooting) targeting deer are undertaken in this area.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.
 
For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

Ground shooting operations targeting Feral Pigs Eastern Alps from 15 April 2024.

Ground operations (ground shooting) targeting Feral Pigs are undertaken across the Eastern Alps, and include areas to the west and north of Suggan Buggan, west of Wulgulmerang, and east of Cobberas and Brumby.  The Park will remain open to visitors during operations.

This work is to be carried out dusk to dawn from:
* 15 to 26 April, and
* 29 May to 15 June 2024.

Attachments: Flyer for feral pig control FINAL (165KB)

Road Conditions – Tamboritha and Howitt Roads

Tamboritha and Howitt Roads in the Foothills and Southern Alps area of the Alpine National Park are currently recommended for all wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles with sufficient clearance and appropriate tyres. Road maintenance works have been completed on sections the Tamboritha and Howitt Roads  in summer 2024, however some road surfaces conditions remain poor. 

Vehicles travelling on the these roads require attention to variations of the surface condition. 

Allow more time for your journey and always drive to the conditions.

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