Part of Warby-Ovens National Park runs along the Ovens River flood plain of majestic River Red Gum forest. Within the forest is a labyrinth of channels, billabongs and wetlands. The access point and walk described here is via Frosts Crossing.
This is a natural world delight. You will encounter a diverse range of indigenous flora, birdlife and fauna. Enjoyment of the forest offerings such as the river itself, billabongs and enormous trees make for a rich bushland experience. Water based recreational opportunities abound, including billabong and riverside bushwalking, camping, boating and fishing.
Tracks within the Park are used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and vehicles (no off road riding or driving allowed). They are generally in good condition, vehicle width, relatively flat, dirt and easy to follow. That being said, some that appear on the map at the main gate appear to have grown over, so it might not be a good idea to venture down the more obscure pathways. Some tracks may be impassable in wet weather. Entrance gates may be closed to vehicles during flooding.
The fishing here can be very rewarding. Murray Cod and Yellowbelly are popular catches, but protected Trout Cod and Macquarie Perch must be immediately returned to the water.
Home to Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years, the Park continues as a special Aboriginal site. Artefacts may be encountered. Such items and locations are protected from disturbance. Please be respectful of this enduring culture and its heritage.
Camping is allowed at some sites along the river such as Gravel Point. The only amenities available are picnic tables and signage.
This walk is based on tracks to the south of Frosts Crossing. Exploring further north would certainly be worthwhile as well.
Trail head sign
Flora and fauna habitat
Limbs may fall
No potable water
Subject to flooding
Road surfaces vary
Snakes may be active
Tracks may not be clear
Beware of vehicle traffic
Mobile reception may be unreliable
Be mindful to keep within the Park
Carry food, water, First Aid, be SunSmart
Be equipped for self-reliant hiking
No illegal fishing
Take rubbish with you
No rubbish dumping
No firewood collection
Do not remove soil or rock
No theft of forest produce
Historic and cultural relics are protected
Native flora and fauna are protected
Do not remove timber from standing trees
Camp site minimum is 20m from water
Avoid camping under River Red Gums
Use of any flame requires an adult present, 10L water present, 3m clearance
Closed on days of total fire ban
Drivers/riders must: use formed roads only, be licensed, be registered
VictoriaWalks walkingmaps version: Frosts Crossing / Ovens River Walk