Howqua River car camp - 3 days, grade 2 and 3 half day walks

From March 12, 2024 3:00 pm until March 16, 2024 12:00 pm
Posted by Tony Crawford
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Please abide by any state or federal COVID 19 health regulations.

From Merrijig, take the Howqua Track and drive for 17km along the winding dirt road to the very large Sheepyard Flat  camping area. The road is generally suitable for caravans but the 2 way road can become narrow. It is an often used track. Arrive any time on the 12 March but no planned walks for that day.  Bring any camping gear from swags or tents to campers or caravans. No camping or park fees.

There are drop toilets on site but bring all supplies including food, drinks, water, power and lights, toilet paper and firewood.

It has been suggested that one night we do a group camp oven cook up. More on that later.

There is a large range of walks and drives available on offer within the Alpine National Park, Mt Buller and Mt Sterling Alpine Resorts, Mansfield State Forest and the Howqua Hills Historic Area.

We will spend the next 3 days exploring some of these areas. Nothing prescriptive at this stage and suggestions and recommendations are most welcome. No school holidays to deal with.

The event will finish the following day, Sat 16th March. If you are not able to come for all the days or nights, that's OK.

Please advise when you subscribe to this event if you plan to have a shorter or longer stay. Or even when you head down, let me know of any planned changes to the schedule. 


No bushwalking experience required. The track has a hardened or compacted surface that may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps.


Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Track may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.

Day Walking

  • Current Medical Information Form FOUND ON THE WEBSITE HERE
  • Water - up to 2 litres recommended for a full day walk
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves and hat
  • Sufficient food bearing in mind the distance and duration of the event 
  • Suitable clothing and footwear - note denim pants are uncomfortable
  • Wet weather waterproofs, jacket and pants
  • Walking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Basic first aid kit including your specific medication eg asthma applicator
  • Torch or headlamp for contingencies

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What To Bring