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The Australian High Country has been described as one of the worlds best 4WD destinations. Offering a fantastic array of 4WD tracks of varying difficulty levels, the high country will captivate you and make you return time and time again. You can experience breathtaking panoramic views, and stunning open plains. The area is also full of Australian history from old mining town ruins, to unsolved murder mysteries at Wonnagatta Station. Explore Guys Hutt and Howitt Hut or follow walking trails that will lead you to outstanding views of Bryce Gorge, Conglomerate Falls and the 100m high Pieman Falls.

We recommend setting aside at lest 2-3 days to begin to explore this unforgettable region of Australia.  

Billy Goat Bluff and the Pinnacles Lookout

Sign at the entrance of Billy Goats Bluff Track.

Sign at the entrance of Billy Goats Bluff Track.

Billy Goat Bluff is one of the most iconic High Country tracks. It offers a challenging rocky incline that is not for those new to 4WDing. The track can be quite narrow in places and it can be challenging to pass oncoming vehicles so radio communication is crucial. Allow at least one hour on the way up. The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking and it is well worth the drive. The pinnacles lookout provides amazing panoramic views of this rugged area. 

Spectacular view from the Pinnacles Lookout.

Spectacular view from the Pinnacles Lookout.

Zeka Spur 

Another of our favourite tracks in the area is Zeka Spur. Situated 56 kms east of Mansfield, Zeka Spur offers a spectacular descent into the secluded Wonnagatta Station. It is mostly a downward drive, with plenty of sharp turns and washouts. It may take approximately 2.5hrs to do, due to the challenging nature of the descent. Wonnangatta Station and surrounding areas hold some good camping spots, but be sure to pack your fly spray as wasps have been reported in the area. 

Map of Victorian High Country showing Zeka Spur available to view and purchase via Mud Map Store. 

Map of Victorian High Country showing Zeka Spur available to view and purchase via Mud Map Store. 

Many of the tracks within the Alpine national Park are subject to seasonal closures. See the Parks Victoria website for more details.  

Preparation and Gear needed

Fuel Consumption: 

ensure you re-fuel at nearby town centers prior to heading off to the National Parks.

it is a good idea to carry between 20-40 litres of spare fuel especially if you are running on smaller 70-80 litre tanks.

Know your nearest petrol stations and plan your trip accordingly.

Clearance:

on some of the more challenging tracks standard 4WD vehicles will have clearance issues due to large rocks and changes in track conditions. It is recommended that clearance levels be enhanced prior to tackling some of the more difficult tracks.  

Recovery Points: 

Your vehicle should have recovery points at both front and back 

Communication:

A UHF radio is crucial as GSM coverage is not available throughout most of the Park, not to mention it's usefulness while part of a convoy.

Water:

Bluff Hut has limited water supply but Wonnangatta, Wonnungarra or Crooked Rivers should have access to drinkable water at crossings and camp points. Always a good idea to carry your own water as well, especially at the higher altitude campsites. 

Fire Wood:

It is recommended that you carry a gas stove if possible as there are some restrictions and difficulty finding firewood at times. Or you may choose to bring your own firewood with you.  

Other Restrictions: 

No dogs are permitted in the Alpine National Park.

Rubbish needs to be brought back out of the national parks.

Gear: 


Spare parts and recovery gear. 

Carry a snatch strap and rated shackles,
spare Fan belts, fuel filter, oil and brake fluid. 

Some decent set of All Terrain or Mud Terrain tires are highly recommended. 

Diff lock(s) can be helpful on some of the more challenging tracks.  

A chain saw is handy to have for clearing fallen trees and other obstructions.

Map Picks

Detailed and up to date maps, accurate GPS and a compass are essential for navigation and safety.
 
Mud Map have recently released a new range of Victorian High Country 4WD Maps. They are included for Offline navigation on Mud Map 2 iPhone and iPad app.
 
Mud Map also offer Vicmap TOPO maps for offline navigation for Mud Map 2 4WD GPS App. 
Click here to view Mud Map High Country 4WD maps. Free with any purchase of Mud Map 2 GPS APP  

Click here to view Mud Map High Country 4WD maps. Free with any purchase of Mud Map 2 GPS APP

 

Click on image to view Vicmap topo maps of the High Country

Click on image to view Vicmap topo maps of the High Country

More Resources

Parks Victoria Wonnagatta Guide

Parks Victoria - High Country website

If you have recently been to the High Country or if you have any other hints, tips or favourite tracks we would love to hear from you. Leave your comments below: 

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AuthorMaria Oanca