The trip to Tali Karng is an adventurer's dream. Three walking tracks lead to the lake, ranging from 13km to 20km one-way. Whichever you take, you'll need to be fit and experienced, and have everything you need for a full day's walk on hand (see the Visitor Guide for more details).
Each of the tracks offers a different landscape to experience. Trek across Wellington Plains or ford the Wellington River. The remoteness of the area makes it a magnificent camping spot.
Make camp at Nyimba Camp near the southern end of the Wellington Plains walking track, or below the lake in the Valley of Destruction. Nyimba Camp has toilets and fireplaces.
Tali Karng 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 150m below in the Valley of Destruction.
The first people to call this area home were the Gunaikurnai people, most likely members of the Brayakaulung clan. Aboriginal people guided many European explorers and gold miners through the mountains along well-used pathways, which now form some of today's road and track network.
Tali Karng is a sacred place to the Gunaikurnai and in keeping with their law, Aboriginal people are forbidden to go there.
Aboriginal people do not oppose non-indigenous people visiting Tali Karng as long as they treat the area with respect. Camping at the lake is disrespectful, so please treat the area with care as you pass by the lake and camp elsewhere.
Things To Do
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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
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.
Mt Selwyn Road partial closureA partial closure of the Mount Selwyn Road exists between the Mount Selwyn 5 Ways (its intersection with Walsh's Track and the Buffalo Range Track) and the Canyon Road intersection. This section of track has become severely degraded due to the wet conditions and presents a risk visitor safety, water quality and further damage to the track surface. Selwyn Creek Road is the preferred alternative for travelling between the Buckland Valley and Tea Tree Range
Planned aerial shooting operations – Tom Groggin/Mt Pinnibar areaParts of this Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations are undertaken.14-18 November 202221-24 November 20228-12 May 202329 May-2 June 20235-9 June 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Alpine National Park_Tom Groggin Aerial shooting info sign (396KB)
Planned aerial shooting operations – Ingeegoodbee/Tingaringy areasParts of this Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations are undertaken.24-28 October 202228 November-2 December 20223-7 April 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Alpine National Park_Ingeegoodbee Tingaringy aerial shooting information (449KB)
Paradise Falls (Alpine National Park)
Wabonga Track ClosureWabonga Track in the Alpine National Park is currently closed between Paradise Falls Road and MacMillans Tracks.A large spring has opened up in the middle of the road creating a sink hole that presents a hazard to entering vehicles.The track will remain closed until conditions allow for road repairs. The track is expected to open in January 2023
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)
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Planned deer control operations - Eastern RegionPlanned deer control operations - Eastern Region
More information on temporary park closures for aerial shooting operations will be provided in the coming weeks
- Alpine National Park
- Mount Bogong & Bogong High Plains
- Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains
- Foothills and Southern Alps
- Buchan Caves Reserve
- Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
- Cape Conran Coastal Park
- Coopracambra NP
- Croajingolong NP
- Errinundra NP
- Lake Tyers State Park
- Baw Baw NP
- Mount Buffalo NP
- Snowy River NP
- Upper Murray - Wabba Wilderness, Burrowa Pine NP, Mt Mittamitite
- Wilsons Prom NP