First Wannon Hiker Camp-Major Mitchell Plateau

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First Wannon Hiker Camp-Major Mitchell Plateau

First Wannon Hike-in Camping Area is a small bush camp situated in a saddle at the headwaters of the First Wannon Creek. This site is for overnight hikers traversing the Major Mitchell Plateau. Surrounded by stunted eucalypts and sub-alpine vegetation, it provides shelter from the changeable Plateau weather.
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First Wannon Hike-in Camping Area is a small bush camp situated in a saddle at the headwaters of the First Wannon Creek. This site is for overnight hikers traversing the Major Mitchell Plateau. Surrounded by stunted eucalypts and sub-alpine vegetation, it provides shelter from the changeable plateau weather.

Located 1000m above sea level, far from civilisation or roads, you will share this campground with the occasional Peregrine Falcon, Black Footed Swamp Wallaby or other small marsupial. There are sweeping views of the Mt William and Serra Ranges stretching right across the plateau. Keep an eye out for the beautiful Banksia saxicola plants that flower during autumn.

First Wannon Hiker Camp can accommodate a maximum of 16 people in one designated area. A camping permit is required for each individual and is bookable online. A Trip Intention Form or Group Activity Statement must be lodged with Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre at least two weeks prior to undertaking this overnight hike.

One drop toilet is provided. However it is infrequently serviced. Campers must be self-sufficient, prepared for severe weather and remote area walking and should adopt a minimal impact approach. No camp fires are permitted - small fuel stoves only.

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How to get there

First Wannon Hiker Camp-Major Mitchell Plateau

First Wannon is a hike-in camping area, so you'll need to leave your car somewhere. The best access points are via Sheep Hills Carpark (12.7 km walk away), Mt. William Carpark (6.8 km), or Jimmy Creek Campground (12 km).

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Camping & accommodation

First Wannon Hike-in Camping Area is a small bush camp situated in a saddle at the headwaters of the First Wannon Creek. This site is for overnight hikers traversing the Major Mitchell Plateau.
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Need to know

First Wannon Hiker Camp-Major Mitchell Plateau

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

    Seasonal road closures 2020

    Some roads in this park are subject to 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 closures or visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.

    Partial closure due to COVID-19

    Under the direction of the Chief Health Officer and in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services’ requirements, this park is open to local residents in regional Victoria. You can use this park for walking, hiking, bike riding, surfing, kayaking or yoga so long as it is closest to your home. While exercising with a person outside your household, you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance from them and others. Some parts of this park are closed  to reduce the number of people moving around in the community and reduce the risk of transmission. For more information, visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid-19

  • Grand Canyon Loop Walk (Grampians National Park)

    Grand Canyon Walking Track Party Closed

    The Grand Canyon walking track is partly closed until further notice due to structural concerns with a staircase.
     
    The Grand Canyon remains open as a return walk from Wonderland Carpark.
     
    Access to the Pinnacle from Wonderland Carpark remains open via the western track that bypasses the Grand Canyon.

  • First Wannon Hike-in Camping Area (Grampians National Park)

    Major Mitchell Plateau Partly Closed

    The Major Mitchell Plateau walking track is closed between First Wannon Hiker Camp and Jimmy Creek Campground due to Grampians Peaks Trail Works. First Wannon Hiker Camp remains open as a return walk from Sheep Hills Carpark, Mt William Carpark or Kalymna Campground. This closure will remain in place until further notice.

  • Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre (Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre Park, Grampians National Park)

    Temporary Closure: Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre

    As of the 1st of July 2020, Parks Victoria has temporarily taken on management of Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre.

    The centre will remain closed while Parks Victoria undertakes due diligence in assessing infrastructure, facilities and conducts essential works. 

    Parks Victoria will be delivering essential park information and support services for visitors and licensed tour operators by phone, email and online, including campground bookings, school group activity statements and trip intention processes.

    Visitors seeking park information in person are asked to visit the Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre.

    Parks Victoria contact details during this period:
    Phone: 13 1963
    Online campground bookings: www.parkstay.vic.gov.au 

  • Grampians National Park

    Mt Victory Road - Roadwork Delays

    VicRoads are undertaking works on Mt Victory Road between Tuesday the 21st of July and Friday the 14th of August 2020.

    Traffic management will be in place and delays to visitor sites within the Central Grampians area are expected. These visitor sites include Mackenzie Falls, Zumsteins Picnic Area, Reed Lookout, Boroka Lookout, Wonderland Carpark and Sundial Carpark.

    For help planning your visit to the Central Grampians during this period please visit the Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre. For updates on road closures please visit https://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

    Park Access Update - 01/08/2020

    Download the Grampians National Park Access Update to find out what areas of the park are closed and open.

    Attachments: Grampians Access Update 1st August 2020 (209KB)

    European Wasps at Troopers Creek Campground

    European Wasp populations have been identified at Troopers Creek Campground. Treatment is currently occurring to control these populations. Please be mindful when in the area.

    Road Report - 31/07/2020

    Download the Grampians National Park Road Report to see the latest road and four wheel drive track conditions for the park.

    Attachments: Grampians NP Road Report - 31st July 2020 (107KB)

  • Stony Creek Group Camping Area (Grampians National Park)

    Temporary relocation of Stony Creek Group Camping Area

    Due to Grampians Peaks Trail upgrade works, Stony Creek Group Camping Area (Campground) has been temporarily relocated approximately 1.5 km to the east along Stony Creek Road.
     
    Toilets and signage have been moved to this location.
     
    This arrangement will remain in place until mid-2020.
     
    All campers are required to stay at the new location. Camping is not permitted without a permit. 

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