For those keen to get well off the beaten track, into mountain history, and onto some magnificent four wheel drive tracks, the Wonnangatta Icon Drive is one of the best four wheel driving experiences in Australia.
Accessible only by 4WD, the breathtaking 222-kilometre loop takes you through Wonnangatta Valley, the Grant Historic Area, the remote community of Dargo, and up to the unmatched panoramas of the Alps offered by the Howitt and Dargo High Plains.
Explore the remains of the pioneer miners and graziers, and discover the heritage huts built by mountain cattlemen in the early 20th century. Linger by 100m waterfalls, and breathe the high mountain air as you step out of the vehicle to stroll beneath Alpine Ash and over grassy alpine plains.
Stop at the many lookouts and family walk locations to take in the glorious mountain scenery and learn more about the European history of the area, including the ruins of an old homestead near the confluence of the Conglomerate Creek and Wonnangatta River. Historic huts, bridges and campsites abound, and offer a glimpse into the hardship experienced by the pioneer settlers of the region (or, if you stop at the Loo With A View at Vallejo Gantner Hut, a meditative glimpse from a longdrop throne onto an improbably awesome view).
You should allow two to three days for this drive, and remember that many tracks are rated Difficult – this is a tour for experienced four-wheel drivers. The whole loop is classified as Very Difficult in dry conditions, so be prepared.
You'll need to take all you need for self-sufficient camping – check the Visitor Guide and 4WD Victoria's Wonnangatta Drive brochure [PDF] for more details on where to make camp.
Things To Do
Dispersed camping in Alpine National Park
Hiking in Alpine National Park
Hunting in Alpine National Park
How to get there
Wonnangatta Icon Drive
There are several access routes to join the drive. The most popular entry points are:
- From Heyfield through Licola
- From Dargo
- From Myrtleford or Porepunkah
- From Mansfield
When you're there
Need to know
Wonnangatta Icon Drive
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 due to flood impactThe following tracks are closed due to impact by storms and flood. Crews will assess and reopen when safe:The following tracks are closed due to impact by storms and flood. Crews will assess and reopen when safe:
- Cobberas Track
- Ingeegoodbee Track
- Little Cobbler Track
Mt Pinnibar Track - deteriorated conditionMt Pinnibar Track between Walkers Road and Tom Groggin Track has deteriorated significantly following recent storm and flood events.Visitors are advised to consider alternate routes until repairs can be carried out.
Early seasonal road closures 2023
Early seasonal road closures apply to areas within and tracks bordering the Alpine National Park from 1 May 2023. See MapshareVic for locations of the closures. Visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.
Alpine National Park- Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deerParts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.
Areas include Mt Bogong, Bogong High Plains, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains and Feathertop.
29 May-2 June 2023
5-9 June 2023
See attached map for more details.
Attachments: Alpine NP Aerial Shooting Information (685KB)
Road Conditions – Howitt, Tamboritha and Moroka Roads.Howitt, Moroka and Tamboritha 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 as move into the cooler months. Road maintenance works have been completed on sections the Howitt and Moroka Roads in summer 2023. Vehicles travelling on the Howitt, Tamboritha (unsealed section) and Moroka Roads require attention to variations of the surface condition. Allow more time for your journey and always drive to the conditions.
- Cobberas Track
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Mt Selwyn Road closureMount Selwyn Road is closed between the intersections of Five Ways and Canyo Road between May 2023 till approximately December 2023 due to significant road works being undertaken on this section of road.Alternate routes are Dingo Creek Tk - Great Diving Range Tk - Mt Selwyn Rd, Selwyn Creek Rd - Great Driving Range Tk - Mt Selwyn Rd or Selwyn Creek Rd - Tea Tree Range Rd - Mt Selwyn Rd or Walshs Tk - East Buffalo Rd - West Humffray Rd - Selwyn Tk. - Please check seasonal road closures prior to departure as these might affect your vogue.In the interest of visitor safety this road is closed between May 2023 till approximately December 2023.
Talbotville Historic Township Camping Area (Grant Historic Area)
McMillans Rd - Grant Historic Area - Currently recommended for 4WD/AWD VehiclesDue to current road repair works, Four Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive vehicles are recommended when travelling on McMillans Rd - Grant Historic Area. Delays can be expected while works are being undertaken. Please obey all Traffic Management signs and give way to heavy machinery. Allow more time for your journey and always drive to the conditions. Reconsider the need to tow caravans.
Davies Plain Hut & Camping Area (Alpine National Park)
Early seasonal closure for Davies Plain Track and Kings Plain Track, Alpine National ParkKings Plain Track and Davies Plain Track between Buckwong Creek Camping Area (at Tom Groggin) and Charlies Creek Camping Area are seasonally closed to all vehicles from 1 May to 30 November inclusive. Sections of Davies Plain Track north of Buckwong Creek Camping Area (at Tom Groggin) and south of Charlies Creek Camping Area are seasonally closed to vehicles between the 2nd Thursday in June and the Thursday before Melbourne Cup day.
Attachments: Davies Plain Track seasonal closure section_1 May - 30 Nov (258KB)
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Ground shooting operations targeting deerGround control operations targeting deer will be undertaken in these Parks and Reserves from December 2022 to December 2023. These areas will remain open to visitors during operations.Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains, Mount Bogong, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains, Foothills and Southern Alps)Buchan Caves ReserveBurrowa-Pine MountainCape Conran Coastal ParkCape Liptrap Coastal ParkCabbage Tree Creek Flora ReserveErrinundra National ParkLake Tyers State ParkLakes National ParkBaw Baw National ParkMount Buffalo National ParkMount Mittamatite Regional ParkMount Mitta Mitta Flora ReserveMount Lawson State ParkMount Granya State ParkMountain Creek Education AreaPheasant Creek Flora ReserveWabba Wilderness ParkWilsons Promontory National ParkFor more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.