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Alpine National Park

The rolling hills of Heyfield, Licola and Dargo give little indication of the spectacular gorges that dissect the south-east corner of the Alpine National Park. Moroka and Bryces Gorge hide impressive waterfalls, while Mount Howitt, the Wonnangatta Valley and Tali Karng make for scenic settings to cross-country skiing, hiking, horse riding, deer hunting and four-wheel driving adventures.
Lake Tali Karng hides deep in the mountains and is the only natural lake within the Victorian Alps. Held behind a rock barrier created thousands of years ago, the underground stream it feeds emerges at the infant Wellington River.

The Wellington River has 13 numbered campsites just north of Licola on the Tamboritha Road. Sites offer facilities such as toilets, fire places and picnic tables. You can enjoy camping under the shady trees with easy access to the river. The geology of the surrounding area is spectacular and makes for a memorable camping experience.

The spectacular Wonnagatta Valley lies among forbidding mountains accessible to adventurous walkers, four-wheel drive enthusiasts, horse riders and deer hunters. Follow the epic Wonnangatta Drive and discover the ruins of an old homestead near the confluence of the Conglomerate Creek and Wonnangatta River, cattlemen’s huts on the high alpine plains and Grants Historic Area which includes the large grassy Talbotville camping area, just beyond the boundaries of the Alpine National Park.

Bryce’s Gorge is arguably one of Victoria’s most spectacular natural features. Not too far from Guys Hut, there is little warning of its existence until the open plains and snowgum woodlands plunge abruptly into a deep abyss. Follow the Bryce’s Gorge Circuit Walk to see Pieman and Conglomerate Falls tumble over the rim of the gorge into a chasm below.

Climb to the top of Mount Howitt, breaking at Vallejo Garntner Hut. Heritage listed for its architectural values, the hut was built in 1970.

Things To Do

 
The majestic Lake Tali Karng.

Tali Karng

Tali Karng is a hidden jewel nestled deep in the mountains of Gippsland, fed by snowmelt waters of the Wellington Plains. Accessible only by foot, it is known as the ‘hidden lake’.
A four-wheel drive climbs to the top of the Blue Rag Range Track.

Wonnangatta Drive

Embark on an epic 222km 4WD trip through the scenic Wonnangatta Valley and over the vast high plains.
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

Heyfield, Licola and Dargo

Facilities

Lookout

When to go

The best time to explore the Alpine National Park on foot is between November and April. 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.

Head towards the Mount Howitt and the Snowy Plains in summer when masses of wildflowers carpet the slopes – from Billy Buttons to Snow and Swamp Paper Daisies.

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Heyfield, Licola and Dargo

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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Campground closure

    As directed by the Chief Health Officer all campsites, camping grounds and caravan parks closed from midnight 25 March 2020.
    People can continue to live on a closed caravan park or camping ground if it is registered as their primary place of residence or if they are staying in caravan parks as interim accommodation where their primary residence is not available. For further information go to parks.vic.gov.au/COVID19

  • Alpine National Park

    Areas of Alpine National Park closed due to fires

    Alpine National Park remains closed due to fire activity in the area, with the exception of certain areas. Please check the Fire Affected Parks  page for a full list. For a list of State Forest closures, visit the DELWP website.  For the latest information on fires, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au. For the latest information on road closures, visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au. 

    Australian Alps Walking Track - section closed due to bushfire impact

    During the summer the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) was impacted by fire. Parks Victoria has been working to assess and reinstate the sections of the AAWT impacted by fire. Currently the section from Mount Speculation to the Great Alpine Road, Mount Hotham is closed.


    Parks Victoria asks all visitors to respect this decision and not enter areas listed as closed. For details visit fire affected parks.

    Early seasonal road closures 2020

    Early seasonal road closures apply to this park from 1 May 2020: See Map 35C, Map 35D, Map 35E, Map 35G and Map 35H for locations of the closures. Due to a mapping error on seasonal road closure Map 35C and Map 35D, Butcher Country Track is shown incorrectly as closed. Butcher Country Track is seasonally closed between the 11 June to the 29 October 2020. Please note that areas of Alpine National Park may be closed due to fire impact and remember to check all changes of conditions on the park page.

  • Tali Karng (Alpine National Park)

    Tali Karng partial opening

    Due to fires in March 2019, many tracks around Tali Karng were impacted from fire. Parks Victoria has been working to assess and reinstate impacted tracks and can confirm that access to Tali Karng is now open via the Wellington River and Clive Lanigan Walking Track from the Tamboritha Road trail head.  All other access routes via Riggall Spur, Gillios Track, Echo Point Track and Wellington Plains remain closed. Parks Victoria asks all hikers to respect this decision and not enter areas listed as closed. For details visit fire affected parks.

 
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