Horse yard permits - Howqua Hills & Alpine National Park

Location: Howqua Hills Historic Area

This page is for reserving horse yards and selected areas in the Howqua Hills Historic Area and some sections of the Alpine National Park.
Horse yards/areas can be booked (no fee applies) during the season and outside of these dates the availability will display as 'SOLD'.

Horse Riding Season:
1 November - 31 May inclusive (for all areas except Lovicks Hut)

1 December – 30 April inclusive (Lovicks Hut)
Horse numbers are limited at designated horse camping areas as per the Greater Alpine National Park Management Plan Fry's Flat a total of 20 horses per day/night Tunnel Bend a total of 10 horses per day/night (Information for other yards is available, keep scrolling down) Bookings for these seasons will open on the 1 July each year.

Portable yards are permitted and are required to be booked.

Booking process:
The Quantity option indicates the number of horses per booking (your permit will automatically show 1 adult per horse).
1. Select your arrival date and number of nights at your first location.
2. Select the number of horses from the quantity drop down (this drop down will show you how many spaces are left at each location).
3. Select 'book now'.
4. Complete the questions that appear.
5. If only staying in one location, select 'BUY NOW'.
If adding more locations, select 'ADD ITEM TO CART' and repeat above steps.
6. Once you've selected 'BUY NOW', you will be redirected to a checkout page.
7. Enter your details and select 'FINALISE'.
You will then receive an email confirmation and permit.

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Details

Howqua Hills Historic Area - Horse Riding Map

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Bogong High Plains North - Horse Riding Map

Howqua Hills Historic Area is situated along the Howqua River approximately one hour drive from Mansfield. Once the site of a busy gold mining settlement in the late 1800’s the area is now popular for car based camping, walking, fishing, horse riding and those wanting to explore the surrounding Alpine area.

Fry’s Flat and Tunnel Bend are the designated horse camping sites located on the scenic river flats at each end of Howqua Hills Historic Area and provide the opportunity for people to camp with their horses and explore the surrounding area on horseback.

For the more adventurist there are horse yards at 7 Mile Flat and Pikes Flat on the Howqua River and King Hut on the King River. These sites are situated in the Alpine National Park and provide the opportunity for horse riders looking to explore the mountains and valleys of this rugged area. Dogs are not permitted in Alpine National Park

Cancellation Policy

Please remember:

• It is your responsibility to be familiar with all park regulations relevant to the area you are riding in including which walking tracks you are or are not permitted to ride on. See enclosed ‘Horseriding’ park note for this information.
• There is a horse route to and from Tunnel Bend and Sheepyard Flat that utilises the High Track please use this where possible rather than riding through camping areas. This starts at the south end of Sheepyard Flat near the toilet and above Brocks Road at Tunnel Bend.
• If camping at Fry's Flat with your own yards please keep to the large open area south of the access road/hut away from the riverside campsites.
• If camping at Tunnel Bend with own yards please keep to the south side of the access road and away from the riverside campsites.
Do not cross areas easily damaged by horses such as wet areas swamps bogs creek crossings etc.
• Use weed free commercial or processed feeds only. Lucerne hay is permitted.
• Horses must be watered downstream of huts camps and day visitor areas. Buckets should be used for drinking if possible.
• Horses must not be washed in or near rivers streams aqueducts or other waterbodies. Horse camping areas are located at highly visited sites and horse owners need to be respectful of other campers downstream. Buckets must be used for washing.
• Feed type should be selected to minimise the risk of the spread of weeds such as pellets certified clean chaff and rolled or cracked clean grain. • Do not tether horses to trees or vegetation overnight.
• Dogs are not permitted within the Alpine National Park.
• No fires on Total Fire Ban days.
• Howqua Hills Historic Area and the Alpine National Park are closed on CODE RED days.
• Conserve firewood by keeping campfires small using only dead fallen timber and by using gas or fuel stoves where possible. Or bring your own firewood.
• Take out all rubbish with you.
• Be courteous to other park users both on the trail and at camp.
• Promote this permit system and the Australian Alps National Parks “Horse Riding Code” to other riders and park users.
• If you decide to not use your permit please inform the park office so the yards can be released to other horse campers call Mansfield office on 8427 2276.
• Enjoy the park by looking after it so that you and others may continue to enjoy it in the future.
• Further information available at http://theaustralianalps.wordpress.com/experience/activities/horse-riding/
• The Howqua Hills Heritage Track between Sheepyard Flat and Fry's Flat is for walkers only.There is a horse route for accessing Fry's Flat which crossed to the west side of the river and passes in front of the houses.
• There is a horse route to and from Tunnel Bend and Sheepyard Flat that utilises the High Track please use this where possible rather than riding through camping areas. This starts at the south end of Sheepyard Flat near the toilet and above Brocks Road at Tunnel Bend.
• If you are bringing your own yards please move them around regularly to avoid making disturbed ground.
• If bringing or wanting to use your own yards you are still required to book.

Map

Horse yard permits - Howqua Hills & Alpine National Park

Howqua Hills Historic Area

 
 

Directions

Access points:

Alpine National Park Yards

King River Hut Horse yards
Pikes Flat Horse yards
Richies Hut Horse yards
Seven Mile Flat Camping Area Horse yards

Howqua Hills Yards

Frys Flat - Horse yards
Howqua Hills - Tunnel Bend - Horse yards

Product

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Alpine National Park - King River Hut - Horse yards

Maximum number of horses: 20

Number of yards: 1

Maximum number of nights: 7


Description: Yards are provided for sharing, if you do not want your horse to share a yard with other horses you will need to bring your own portable yarding.

Configuration: Unpowered camping area
Max # of Persons: 1
 

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Alpine National Park - Lovicks Hut - Horse yards

Maximum number of horses: 20

Number of yards: 1

Maximum number of nights: 7


Access: 4WD only
Description: Yards are provided for sharing, if you do not want your horse to share a yard with other horses you will need to bring your own portable yarding.

Configuration: Unpowered camping area
Max # of Persons: 1
 

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Alpine National Park - Pikes Flat - Horse yards

Maximum number of horses: 20

Number of yards:1

Maximum number of nights: 7


Description: Yards are provided for sharing, if you do not want your horse to share a yard with other horses you will need to bring your own portable yarding. This site is fairly remote, access by 4 x 4 is difficult. No floats.

Configuration: Unpowered camping area
Max # of Persons: 20
 

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Alpine National Park - Richies Hut - Horse yards

Maximum number of horses: 8

Number of yards: 1

Number of horses per yard: 8

Maximum number of nights: 4


Description: Yards are provided for sharing, if you dont want your horse to share a yard with other horses you will need to bring your own portable yarding. No vehicle access.

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 1
 

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Alpine National Park - Seven Mile Flat Camping Area - Horse yard

Maximum number of horses: 20 (1 group per booking)

Number of yards: 1

Maximum number of nights: 4



Description: Seven Mile Flat is in the section of Alpine National Park directly south of Mt Buller and 45 km east of Mansfield. It is approximately 20 minute drive further on Brocks Road from Tunnel Bend camping area.

A 4WD is required to reach this campground from Mt Buller Rd, head south on Howqua Track and then continue on Brocks Road. This area is not suitable for large trucks or gooseneck trailers. No dogs are permitted at this camping area.

This small camping area is grassed and provides some shade. It is beside the Howqua River, which is good for swimming and fishing.

Yards are provided for sharing, if you do not want your horse to share a yard with other horses you will need to bring your own portable yarding which you will need to discuss with the local Parks Victoria staff, contact them on 8427 2276.

Configuration: Unpowered Site
Max # of Persons: 1
 

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Howqua Hills - Frys Flat - Horse yards - YARD 1

Total number of horses for Frys Flat is 20
Access - 4WD preferred option for towing floats. Not suitable for large trucks or long gooseneck trailers.

Booking this option permits use of one yard, for a maximum of 3 horses.

Number of horses per yard: 3

Maximum number of nights: 4

Configuration: Unpowered camping area
Max # of Persons: 1
 

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Howqua Hills - Frys Flat - Horse yards - YARD 2

Total number of horses for Frys Flat is 20
Access - 4WD preferred option for towing floats. Not suitable for large trucks or long gooseneck trailers.

Booking this option permits use of one yard, for a maximum of 3 horses.

Number of horses per yard: 3

Maximum number of nights: 4

Configuration: Unpowered camping area
Max # of Persons: 1
 

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Howqua Hills - Frys Flat - Horse yards - PORTABLE YARDS

Total number of horses for Frys Flat is 20
Access - 4WD preferred option for towing floats. Not suitable for large trucks or long gooseneck trailers.

Portable yards are to be located on the large grassed area, away from the river bank and Frys Hut.

Booking this option means you will need to bring your own portable yarding.

If you do not wish to bring your own portable yarding you will need to book Yard 1 or Yard 2.

Maximum number of horses: 14 (in addition to the 2 yards which allow a maximum of 3 horses per yard).

Maximum number of nights: 4


Configuration: Unpowered camping area
Max # of Persons: 1
 

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Howqua Hills - Tunnel Bend - Horse yards - YARD 1

Total number of horses for Tunnel Bend is 10
Access - Suitable for 2WD vehicles, large trucks or long gooseneck trailers.
Suitable for smaller groups.

Maximum number of horses:3

Number of yards: 1

Maximum number of nights: 4


Description: Yards are provided for sharing more than one horse. Electric tape can be used to divide the yard into multiple areas.
If you do not want your horse to share a yard with other horses you will need to bring your own portable yarding.

Configuration: Unpowered camping area
Max # of Persons: 1
 

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Howqua Hills - Tunnel Bend - Horse yards - YARD 2

Total number of horses for Tunnel Bend is 10
Access - Suitable for 2WD vehicles, large trucks or long gooseneck trailers.
Suitable for smaller groups.

Maximum number of horses:3

Number of yards: 1

Maximum number of nights: 4


Description: Yards are provided for sharing more than one horse. Electric tape can be used to divide the yard into multiple areas.
If you do not want your horse to share a yard with other horses you will need to bring your own portable yarding.

Configuration: Unpowered camping area
Max # of Persons: 1
 

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Howqua Hills - Tunnel Bend - Horse yards - PORTABLE YARDS

Total number of horses for Tunnel Bend is 10
Access - Suitable for 2WD vehicles, large trucks or long gooseneck trailers.
Suitable for smaller groups.

Number of yards: 6, depending on horse yard bookings

Maximum number of nights: 4


Portable horse yards are to be located to the right hand side of the access road into the camping area. Any yards located on the river bank will be required to remove the yards and relocated to the preferred area.

Configuration: Unpowered camping area
Max # of Persons: 1
 

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