At 1986m, Mount Bogong offers a high-altitude playground for outdoor adventurers, wildlife spotters and nature enthusiasts. In summer, the mountain serves as a cool, refreshing getaway on hot days, and has beautiful displays of alpine wildflowers. In winter, experienced skiers can enjoy backcountry skiing in a snowy wonderland.
For experienced hikers keen to tackle Victoria's highest peak, you can take your pick of three routes to the summit: the Granite Flat Walking Track, the Staircase Spur, and the Eskdale Spur Walking Track.
Granite Flat Walking Track is the shortest route to the summit of Mount Bogong. You'll need a four-wheel drive to access the trailhead, which starts at the end of the Granite Flat Vehicle track. The walk is steep and rocky, and can be hazardous when the weather is poor.
The Staircase Spur is aptly named, climbing 16km to the summit of Mount Bogong. Once you reach the exposed, true alpine treeless plateau the views are 360 degrees and spectacular. Be prepared for a steep, arduous hike that requires a high level of fitness.
Eskdale Spur Walking Track is a popular and challenging route to the summit of Mt Bogong. It is a steep, rocky, exposed climb with little shade as you get higher. This means the views are incredible from the walk and on the summit but be careful to protect yourself during summer from the sun and in winter from snow and high winds. Carry sufficient water for your needs as there is only a small water tank at Michelle Hut approximately halfway up that supplies untreated water and may at times be dry.
For all of these hikes, be prepared for snow, high winds and fog - always carry suitable clothing including a waterproof layer, and check the forecast before leaving.
Things To Do
Historic huts in Alpine National Park
How to get there
Need to know
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
Track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)The following tracks in the Alpine NP (Omeo Management Area) are currently closed to all vehicles while condition assessments and repairs are being undertaken:Ingeegoodbee TrackCobberas TrackMacFarlanes Flat Track
Partial track closure - Besford Track, Alpine NPA severely water damaged section of Besford Track, within the Alpine National Park north of Benambra, is closed to all vehicles. There is no through access for vehicles on Besford Track between the Benambra-Corryong Road and Deep Creek Track.
Seasonal road closures 2022Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.
Track ClosureMount Wellington and Moroka Range Tracks are closed due to four-wheel drive track maintenance works.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Deer Control (ground shooting) operation underwayDeer control is being undertaken in this park from October 2021 to June 2022. Some localised access restrictions may apply. Find out more about this program.
Frys Flat Camping Area (Howqua Hills Historic Area, Howqua River Heritage River)
Vehicle access to Frys Flat Horse YardsThe Howqua Hills Track between Sheepyard Flat South and Frys Flat currently requires 4WD capability and may not be suitable for the use of floats and trailers to transport horses into this area. It is recommended that visitors inspect the track prior to crossing to ensure that they are comfortable with the condition of the track and have the ability to cross safely.Parks Victoria are currently negotiating various approvals and permits required to undertake the necessary repair and maintenance to restore this section of track.If you still wish to book and camp at Fry’s Flat with your horse, there are alternate methods of accessing the area. You can:
- Walk/ride horses in from Howqua Hills track (100-200m)
Alternative camping areas with vehicle-accessible horse yards available for booking nearby are also found at:
- Walk/ride horse in from Martin/Fern or Spring street (across the river)
- Tunnel Bend, Howqua Hills Historic Area (up to 10 horses, dogs permitted).
- 7-mile Flat, Alpine National Park (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)
- King River Hut, Alpine National Park (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)
For further information, please contact the Mansfield office on 03 5733 1200 and ask to speak to one of the PV Rangers.
- Lovicks Hut (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)