Horse yards - Bogong High Plains

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The Bogong High Plains in the Alpine National Park protect pristine mountains, offering a unique horse riding experience during the summer season, making it a very popular choice for horseriding.

Horseriding season: 1 December - 30 April inclusive
Horse yards can be reserved in advance during the season. No fees apply.
Prior to booking, please read the horseriding rules and conditions which can be found below under cancellation policy.
Bookings for the riding season open on the first Monday in July each year.

The most popular horse camps are Pretty Valley, Langfords West and Diamantina horse yards. These are ideal locations where riders can yard their horses close to camping areas and explore the High Plains. These camping areas offer campsites, fire places and basic toilet facilities. Diamantina Yards in the West Kiewa offer low elevation riding and access to the Bogong High Plains via Westons Spur.

Parks Victoria has constructed yards at Pretty Valley, Langfords West and in the West Kiewa which can be booked using this page. We recommend bookings even if you have less than 5 horses due to high demand. No portable yards are permitted at this site.

Horse camps are also available at Fitzgerald Hut, Kelly Hut, Mc Namara Hut Dinner Plain on Youngs Hut Track, Tawonga Huts, Bogong Jack Saddle Hut, and Camp Valley/Cleve Cole Hut (access only via Long Spur and, NO access to Mt. Bogong summit, no riding past Cleve Cole Hut). These sites don't include yards (temporary yards permitted).

The maximum number of horses which can be booked depend on the size of the yards available and are 20 horses for Pretty Valley yards, 10 horses for Langford West yards and 15 horses for Diamantina Yards in the West Kiewa.

For day rides and at remote sites, where no yards are provided (dispersed camping), the maximum number of horses is 20 (including riders and packhorses).
Permits are required for any horseriding parties larger than 5 horses (day and overnight riding), please call the office to arrange your permit.

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Alpine National Park

Cancellation Policy

If you decide to not use your permit please inform the park office so the campsites & yards can be released to other campers. No fees apply.

General rules:

• 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.
• 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. Hay is not 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. Buckets must be used for washing.
• Nosebags must be used for feeding. 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.
• When using a defined camping area with designated permanent horse yards horses must only be yarded in those horse yards. When at these sites horses are not to be yarded outside these yards or in temporary yards.
• Dogs and firearms are not permitted within the Alpine National Park.
• No fires on total fire ban 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.
• Enjoy the park by looking after it so that you and others may continue to enjoy it in the future.

• Dogs and firearms are not permitted within the National Park.
• No fires on total fire ban days. On the Bogong High Plains fires have to be in dedicated fireplaces provided. 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.
• Further information available on the Australian Alps website.
• Enjoy the park by looking after it so that you and others may continue to enjoy it in the future.