Warby-Ovens National Park
Address: Wangaratta-Thoona Rd, Wangaratta, Victoria 3676
Freecall: 131 963
Warby-Ovens National Park is 240km north east of Melbourne and 10km west of Wangaratta. It is best accessed from Wangaratta via Wangandary and Yarrawonga Roads.
The 14,655 ha Warby-Ovens National Park is characterised by three distinct vegetation communities - the granitic hills and woodlands of the Warby Range, the Box-Ironbark of the Killawarra Forest and the Redgum forest and wetlands of the unregulated Ovens Heritage River. Together they provide an important link from the alpine foothills to the Murray River protecting some of the State's most significant bushland.
Enjoy a picnic or barbecue at Pine Gully Picnic Area, Briens Gorge, Ryans Lookout and Adams/Tower Road.
The views from Ryan's Lookout are exceptional, especially in winter with snow covered peaks in the distance.
The lower reaches of the Ovens River offer some of the best still water canoeing in the state among a maze of channels and wetlands. With care, power boats can explore the river for several kilometres upstream from Camerons Bend.
Murray Cod are frequently caught in the Lower Ovens River. Most are returned to the river to ensure the ongoing survival of this iconic fish.
Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
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The Warby Range extends from Glenrowan in the south to the Kilawarra State Forest in the north. It is approximately 11km east of Wangaratta. Leaving Wangaratta via the Yarrawonga Rd there are a choice of approaches; the Wangandary-Thoona Rd, Warby Tower Rd and Boweya Rd. In the south access is available via Tamnick Gap Rd.
- Off Road Driving
- Mountain Biking
Additional business information
The Warby Range was originally named Futters Range by Major Mitchell during his travels through the area in 1836. It was later renamed after Ben Warby who took up the Taminick run of 9300ha in 1844. Despite its modest height (approximately 400m), the 400 million year old granite range probably offered good vantage points to Ned Kelly and his fellow bushrangers in the late 1800s. From the summit of Mt Glenrowan, they could easily oversee the comings and goings in the small town of Glenrowan. In 1979, the Warby Range was declared a state park in recognition of its scenic value to the area and the diversity of plant and animal species it supports. The park approximately doubled in size in 1989, to 6880ha, with the addition of the Warby Range State Forest. The park was expanded again in 2002 to 11,460ha. Little is known about Aboriginal use of the area, but it is believed to be significant because of the abundant food resources available in the rivers and swamps of the surrounding valleys. Rock wells in the northwest of the park and surface artefact scatters at Black Springs are some of the few known remaining signs of Aboriginal occupation in the park. Permanent springs rising at the foot of the range may also have been important sites. All aboriginal material and sites are protected.
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