Camping and Hiking

 

CAMPING INFORMATION

The campsites found in this region range from well maintained sites with full facilities to secluded clearings with nothing for miles except bushland and native animals.

Closer to Mount Buller, the remote areas of the Delatite, Howqua, Goulburn, Broken and Jamieson rivers lead to some of the best, isolated locations for camping that you'll find anywhere in the world, whilst the more popular campsites include Sheepyard Flat.

Lake Eildon National Park offers a variety of settings from open bush on the northern side to dense vegetation on the southern and eastern sides. The Fraser Camping Grounds have large and very popular campsites with full facilities. South of the lake near Jerusalem Inlet, there is another smaller camping ground which is also very popular, as is the camping area along the Big River.

Suggestions are listed below, but for a full list of campsites, contact an accredited visitor information centre.


Mansfield and surrounds:


  • Sheepyard Flat near Mansfield
    This popular natural camping spot is on the banks of the Howqua River. Reach Howqua Hills Historic Area from Mansfield via Merrijig and take the Howqua Track, a gravel road 3 kilometres past Merrijig on the Mount Buller Road. A 25 minute drive will bring you to Howqua Hills (Sheepyard Flat).
     
  • Stringybark Creek Camping Reserve near Mansfield
    A pretty spot to stop when in Ned Kelly country, Stringybark Creek is 36 kilometres from Mansfield. To get there, take the Mansfield-Whitfield Road for 31 kilometres. Turn left down the Tatong-Tolmie Road and travel 9.5 kilometres to the campsite. Dogs are allowed at this campsite but must be kept under control.

  • Pineapple Flat near Mansfield
    A pleasant spot located on the King River. To get there from Mansfield via Mt Stirling, follow the Circuit Road, past the Number 3 Road intersection. The King Basin Road leads to Pineapple Flat, on the banks of the King River. This is an excellent place for trout fishing and there is a large camping area with toilet facilities. Four-wheel drive access only.

 

Eildon and Surrounds:


  • Jerusalem Creek near Eildon
    Set amongst bush beside Lake Eildon off Jerusalem Creek Road. Facilities include fireplace and toilets.


  • Big River near Eildon
    Natural bushland found beside the Big River, off Eildon-Jamieson Road. Facilities include fireplace and toilets.


  • Fraser Camping Area near Eildon
    This natural bush setting can be reached from UT Creek Road, off Skyline Road. Facilities include hot water, showers, toilets and fireplaces.

 

HIKING AND WALKING TRAILS

Mount Buller to Mt Stirling Trail

Length: 7 kilometres
Walk: 2.5 hours one way
Track: Moderate
Grade: Moderate
Start: Mount Buller Ski Village
Finish: Mt Stirling
Nearby: Mount Buller
Permits/bookings: none required

Best time: October-April

The well-marked trail between the sister peaks winds through forests of Alpine Ash and snow gum to the summit of Mt Stirling (1,747m), where spectacular views take in the dramatic Crosscut Saw, Mount Buller and Mount Buffalo. Add a dash of popular culture to your walk by continuing on to nearby Craigs' Hut, a film set used in the making of 'The Man from Snowy River'. Mount Buller (1,807 metres) itself offers exciting walking and riding alternatives: take the short trail to the summit – or see why the region is a mountain biker’s favourite.


Alpine National Park

Length: 27 kilometres
Walk: 2 days
Track: Rough
Grade: Steep
Start: Eight Mile Flat, Howqua River
Finish: Eight Mile Flat, Howqua River
Nearby: Mansfield
Best Time: Summer, Autumn

From a pleasant grassy clearing beside the Howqua River, the track climbs steadily through dry open forest along Eight Mile Spur. The final stages of the ascent to the rugged natural ramparts of the Bluff are quite steep, but the rewards are soon evident. From the treeless 1,725 metre summit a spectacular alpine panorama unfolds, stretching to Mount Buller in the north and faraway Lake Eildon. The trail continues through alpine meadows, carpeted with brilliant wildflowers in early summer, to Bluff Hut and a sheltered campsite among the nearby snow gums. Next morning, descend along a 4WD road on Sixteen Mile Spur to the Howqua River, then follow the river valley past Ritchies Hut to the start of the trail at Eight Mile Flat. Commercial tour operators also run horse-riding trips to the Bluff.

All visitors, and especially walkers, should realise that weather conditions can change rapidly in alpine areas at any time of year. Snowfalls can be experienced at any time, so please be prepared with:

* warm clothing
* windproof and waterproof jacket
* gloves and hat
* strong footwear
* energy food and water
* compass and relevant topographical map

Further Information, please contact Parks Victoria on 13 19 63 (within Australia)


 

*Information thanks to Tourism Victoria

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Latest Discussion Forum Updates

Yep. Still dry - although the 15 mm I got a few days back was nice!Statistics: Posted by allan — Yesterday, 18:59
Welcome enko,I'm sure we will hear from him soon.Refardsoozz77Statistics: Posted by oozz77 — Yesterday, 16:18
I think you're right Allan. The lake is definitely being drawn down faster than any rain event could top it up past 87.7%. Today's measurement is 83.3%, which is 4.4% lower than the 87.7% maximum we reached earlier. Even the monumental 99,000ML inflow from September 5th 2010 would only gain us around 3%, and there's nothing like that likely in the current outlook. So I think it's definitely time to call this one!87.7% maximum on Sept 18th.By my reckoning Mazman is closest - 1.1% awayJust nudging out cueball - 1.45% awaymazman1 - 88.8cueball - 86.25Congrats...

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