Warby-Ovens National Park
The Victorian Government created Warby‐Ovens National Park, along with other new and expanded parks and over 200 conservation reserves, in June 2010 to protect and enhance the remaining River Red Gum forests in Victoria.
The location of the park, between the Australian Alps and the dry plains of northern inland Victoria, has resulted in a diverse range of flora and fauna representing elements of both land systems. The park covers the steep and rocky granite hills near Glenrowan, northward to where range meets the plains of the Riverina.
Sweeping views from the Warby Ovens National Park southwards out over the Winton Wetlands or north-east towards Mt Buffalo offer many options for a picturesque picnic spot, bird watching and bushwalking. Explore Ryan’s Lookout, Mount Glenrowan and Salisbury Falls (during the cooler months) and see the country through the eyes of Ned Kelly.
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All we can say is... you must discover this Victorian treasure!
• Unique Box–Ironbark Forest.
• Protected flora such as the Alluvial Terrace Herb-rich Woodland / Creekline Grassy Woodland Complex and Spring Soak Woodland EVCs, which are endangered within the Northern Inland Slopes bioregion.
• A total of 28 fauna and 23 flora species threatened in Victoria, and three fauna and one flora species threatened nationally.
• Impressive communities of Spur-wing Wattle, White Cypress-pine, Northern Sandalwood and fully skirted grass-trees.
• Diversity of species and habitats with outstanding wildflower displays.
Cultural Hot Spots
• Indigenous places and objects of significance, including rock wells, artefact scatters and a scar tree.
• Relics of early European settlement, including a water race and weirs on the ‘Taminick Run’.
• Evidence of past land use from timber cutting and a saw mill.
• Associations with bushrangers (Mad Dog Morgan and the Kelly Gang).
• Bushwalk and observe wildflowers and wildlife, in particular many bird species.
• Take in spectacular views of the Australian Alps and the Ovens, King and Murray River valleys, Winton Wetlands and the inland plains of northern Victoria from lookouts within the park.
• From horse riding, cycling, car touring and camping in a natural setting and, in the Killawarra Forest section of the park try your hand at gemstone fossicking.
Top Places to Explore
|Mt Glenrowan||There is no better place to view the Ovens and King Valley and the Victorian Alps than from this vantage point. The 9km return walk to the lookout begins from the stile at Taminick Gap and follows Ridge Track. There is one steep section of sealed road leading up to the communication towers near the start of the walk, while the remainder is moderate to easy.|
|Morgans Lookout at Mt Glenrowan||Major Mitchell originally named the Warby Range "Futters Range" during his travels through the area in 1836. It was later renamed after Ben Warby, who took up the 9300ha Taminick Run in 1844. Despite its modest height (approx 515 metres) the 400 million-year-old granite range offered good vantage points to Ned Kelly and fellow bushrangers in the late 1800s. From the summit of Mount Glenrowan (Morgan’s Lookout) they could easily see 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 and the diversity of plant and animal species. The park was expanded to include the Killawarra and Boweya Forests in October 2002 and the Lower Ovens River in 2010.|
|Pangarang Lookout||The walk to the lookout begins from Ferris Road and is an easy 3km return offering panoramic views to the west.|
|Kwat Kwat Lookout||Kwat Kwat Lookout is a 1km return walk with excellent views of the Ovens Valley and the Victorian Alps. Mountain bike riders are permitted to use this track so look out for cyclists.|
|Pine Gully Nature Walk||This walk provides a good interpretation of the park's natural values on a 2km self-guided loop walk. The walk takes about an hour to complete and is steep and rocky in places. Suitable footwear is essential.|
|Sunrise Walk||This walk provides a choice of two to six kilometre walks ranging from moderate to hard. The walks start from the end of Delloro Road and climb up to the plateau to the west. During spring a variety of wildflowers beautify the area. At the start is a 1.5km return walk to a quarry where granite was obtained to build the Anglican Cathedral in Wangaratta.|
|Salisbury Walk||Salisbury Walk (4.5km), starting from Shanley Street, makes its way up the Salisbury Falls Gorge to Wenhams Camp via Friends Track. Be sure to stop by and discover the Falls along the way. An alternative route via Alpine Views Track looks out over the Ovens Valley. The track is steep in places and a moderate level of fitness is required.|
|Friends Track||Friends Track is a self-guided walk starting from Wenhams Camp and is a moderate 4.6km loop track taking approximately two hours to complete. There is an opportunity to divert from the track to Kwat Kwat Lookout (1km return) with excellent views of the Ovens Valley and the Victorian Alps. Mountain bike riders are permitted to use this track so look out for cyclists.|
|Warby Falls Heritage Trail||This newly developed trail by Parks Vic adjoins Booth's Taminick Cellars and leads to a seasonal waterfall. This walk also showcases the history of the area with an old sawmill, historical sheep wash and man-made weir walls built in the time of Ben Warby.|