Gravel Point (Warby-Ovens National Park, Ovens River Heritage River)

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Gravel Point (Warby-Ovens National Park, Ovens River Heritage River)

Enjoy swimming or fishing in the Ovens River, or relax among the River Red Gums. Bring a picnic or a barbecue, or pitch a tent and spend a night immersed in nature. When the Ovens River is in flood, this area of the park may be closed for public safety.

Visitor Tips: this is a dispersed bush camping area with no facilities other than a picnic table so campers must be self-sufficient and bring their own water. No fees or bookings apply. Please take your rubbish home for recycling or disposal. Pets are prohibited. Please consider the impacts of generators or loud music on other visitors.

Campsites must be at least 20m away from waterways. Avoid camping close to waterways if rain or storms are forecast, as waters may rise quickly and trap you. Do not park or camp under or near large trees like River Red Gums, as branches may fall at any time and swing away from the tree. Whole trees can also fall without warning. Rope swings are not recommended.

Rivers may have fast currents, underwater objects, and deep holes which can be hazardous. Always enter the water slowly, feet first. Do not dive or jump in to the river. Submerged objects can cause neck or spinal injuries. Never swim alone or in flood waters. Drinking alcohol significantly increases the risk of drowning. Always actively supervise children in or near water. Children under ten should always be within sight. Children under five should always be within reach. Lifejackets and flotation devices are recommended.

Fires are permitted for cooking and warmth, provided: it is not a day of Total Fire Ban, a 3-metre area around it is cleared of anything flammable, an adult is in attendance at all times and at least 10 litres of water are available for immediate use. Put the fire out with water, not soil. When the campfire is cool to touch, it is safe to leave.

Firewood is becoming scarce along the river. Woody debris on the ground provides important habitat for small animals. Help us protect the park’s wildlife by bringing firewood with you or using a portable camping stove or barbecue.

Chemical toilets are recommended. Please do not empty chemical toilets or other rubbish into public toilets or waterways. The nearest dump point for chemical toilets and grey water is located at Wareena Park, Swan St, Wangaratta. Earth pit toilets are acceptable, but must be at least 100 metres from any waterway. Bury all toilet waste, including toilet paper at least 15cm deep.

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Gravel Point (Warby-Ovens National Park, Ovens River Heritage River)

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Gravel Point (Warby-Ovens National Park, Ovens River Heritage River)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

Warnings

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Area closure due to flooding

Due to localised flooding on the Ovens River, the following tracks are temporarily closed within the Warby-Ovens National Park: 


Hills Track, Wilsons Track, Boundary Track, Frosts Crossing Track, Ovens Track, Nicklaus Track, Yellow Creek Track, South Track, Robinsons Bend Track and Mcquades Bend Track. 


Alternative Ovens River campsites can be found nearby at Mclaughlins Bend. Tracks remain wet in areas. Please drive with caution. 

Seasonal road closures 2021

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. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

Puzzle Bend Bridge Closure

The Puzzle Bend bridge within Warby-Ovens National Park is now closed to all traffic, including pedestrians, for safety reasons. This bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic for several years. 

Alternative camping spots on the Ovens River, in the Warby-Ovens National Park, can be found nearby at Camerons, Robinsons, Mcquades and Lavis Bends. 

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