Benambra, Buchan and Bonang

Benambra, Buchan and Bonang

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Benambra, Buchan and Bonang

Alpine National Park

Nestled in the north of Alpine National Park, and bordering Kosciuszko National Park, the wild and remote Benambra, Buchan and Bonang area is Victoria’s modern world escape. Explore the magnificent Snowy River, picturesque Suggan Buggan Valley, the headwaters of the Murray River, and spectacular peaks of Mount Cobberas and Tingaringy.
Taking in the quaint hamlets of Bonang, Tubbut and Suggan Buggan, this remote corner of the Alpine National Park is an adventure-lovers dream. Journey along Limestone Road or McKillops Road to access its wild peaks and valleys. Or if you’re a seasoned four-wheel driver, venture deep into the wilderness along the Davies Plain Iconic Drive.

For experienced bushwalkers, take on scenic hikes to the peaks of Mount Stradbroke, Mount Cobberas, Cowombat Flat or Tingaringy Falls, and when you’re done for the day, pitch a tent in the remote Native Dog Flat, Willis or McKillop Bridge Camping Areas.

If you’re not strapped for time, trek the extraordinary 650-kilometre Australian Alps Walking Trail. The walk meanders from Walhalla through Baw Baw and the Alpine National Park, before crossing into New South Wales and concluding its journey in Canberra.

Enjoy a day out on the rapids of the Snowy River for an unforgettable experience. Launch your canoe, kayak or raft from Willis Camping Area or the historic McKillop Bridge. The heritage-listed bridge was built in the 1930s to allow vehicles, and more importantly livestock, safe passage across a spectacular gorge that the Snowy River has carved.

Things to do in the area

 
Kennedys Hut near Benambra in the Alpine National Park.

Kennedys Hut

Kennedys Hut is near Benambra.
Two women camp in the Alpine National Park at twilight.

Dispersed camping in Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park offers some of the most authentic and scenic bush camping opportunities in Victoria.

How to get there

Benambra, Buchan and Bonang

This part of the Alpine National Park adjoins Kosciuszko National Park along its northern boundary and the Snowy River National Park to the south.

The park is between 440 and 500 km north-east of Melbourne. The main access roads are all unsealed, narrow and winding and generally unsuitable for caravans.

The Snowy River Road accesses the Snowy River at Willis on the state border. This road becomes the Barry Way across the border and passes through Kosciuszko National Park en route to Jindabyne.

The Bonang Road from Orbost is an alternative approach - McKillop Road branches from it a few kilometres south of Bonang.

The Limestone-Black Mountain Road crosses the central part of the park and links Benambra to the Snowy River Road. This road is often closed in winter as a result of heavy snowfalls.

Facilities

Carpark
BBQ

When to go

The mild summer temperatures found in the high altitudes of the Alpine National Park are the perfect retreat from its lower-lying counterparts and make for perfect hiking conditions. While the occasional sunny day can see daytime temperatures rise above 30°C, the nights are still cool.

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Benambra, Buchan and Bonang

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.

  • Alpine National Park

    Areas of Alpine National Park closed due to 2019/2020 fires

    Some tracks and areas in the Alpine National Park remain closed due to fire damage during the 2019/2020 bushfires. Please check the Fire affected parks  page for a full list of closures. 

    JP Gap Track Closed

    JP Gap Track within Alpine National Park is currently closed.

    Kelly's Road Closed

    Kelly's Road (near Benambra) within the Alpine National Park, has a closed section. The closed section of road is north of 8 Mile Creek and south of 8 Mile Loop Track.

    Blue Rag Range gate access via south Basalt only

    Due to the extended seasonal closure of the Dargo High Plains Road managed by the Alpine Shire, the only access to Blue Rag Range track is via South  Basalt track. For further information about the  Dargo High Plains Road please speak to the Alpine Shire  (https://www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au/council/contact-usPhone: 03 5755 0555Email: info@alpineshire.vic.gov.au)

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Extended seasonal road closures 2020

    Some roads in this park are subject to extended seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. View the list of 2020 seasonal road closures for details and check the corresponding map numbers with the seasonal road closure 2020 index map for locations of the extended closures and visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Tali Karng partial closure

    Access is only open to Tali Karng (the Lake) via the Wellington River Walking Track and then via the Clive Lannigan Walking Track. Recommended camping areas are at the intersection of the Wellington River Walking Track and Riggals Spur Track. Please note that camping is not permitted at Tali Karng (the Lake).
     
    Currently there is no access to Tali Karng from the north including from McFarlanes Saddle.
    The following walking  tracks and routes are currently closed: Wellington Plains Walking Track, Riggals Spur Track, Gillios Track and Echo Point Track.

    Please contact the Heyfield Ranger team on 13 1963 for further information.

    Attachments: novtrackclosures (203KB)

    Tali Karng partial closure

    Access is only open to Tali Karng (the Lake) via the Wellington River Walking Track and then via the Clive Lannigan Walking Track. Recommended camping areas are at the intersection of the Wellington River Walking Track and Riggals Spur Track. Please note that camping is not permitted at Tali Karng (the Lake).
     
    Currently there is no access to Tali Karng from the north including from McFarlanes Saddle.
    The following walking  tracks and routes are currently closed: Wellington Plains Walking Track, Riggals Spur Track, Gillios Track and Echo Point Track.

    Please contact the Heyfield Ranger team on 13 1963 for further information.

    Attachments: novtrackclosures (203KB)

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