Important message!

Parks affected by fire

Some parks currently have closures due to fire activity.

Read more
You are here

Lake Dartmouth

Change of conditions

Add change of condition

No change of conditions apply

View all changed conditions for Alpine National Park
Four wheel driving
Medium walk / Day walk
Scenic drive

Lake Dartmouth and the Mitta Mitta River, nestled in the folds of the ranges, are the main recreational and scenic focus for the area. There are many other interesting destinations to explore like the rugged granite summit of Mount Wills, historic Glen Wills and the bush tracks that wind through tall mountain forests, along snow gum clad ridge tops or besides racing mountain streams.

Water from these pristine mountain catchments eventually reaches the Murray River, making an enormous contribution to the domestic and irrigation water available in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

For more information and a map, refer to the 'Source of the rivers - around Mitta Mitta, Omeo, Tallangatta and Corryong' Park Note.

Getting there

The area is about 400 km north east of Melbourne. From the north access is via the Omeo Highway past Mount Wills or over Sassafras Gap on the Corryong - Benambra Road. From the south, travel via Omeo (Omeo Highway), Benambra and the Limestone - Black Mountain Road.

Mountain roads are often unsealed, narrow and winding. Chains must be carried during the snow season and fitted where directed.

Access beyond Alpine National Park on Lower Tablelands Road to Lake Dartmouth/Mitta River via Sac Track is no longer possible. Sac Track is located on private land and provides access to private land only, it is not a part of Alpine National Park.

Car touring

The main attractions of Dartmouth Dam, the Mitta Mitta River, Mount Wills and Mount Benambra are accessible in a conventional 2WD car. There are many early gold and tin mining sites to explore in the Mount Wills, Mount Murphy and Cassilis Historic Areas but 4WD vehicles are generally needed to negotiate the rough tracks. Please do not remove or disturb mining relics.

A few millimetres of rain can turn a dirt track into one that is treacherous or impassable for even for the most experienced driver.


Lake Dartmouth and its immediate surrounds are not part of the Alpine National Park and are managed by Goulburn - Murray Water.

A boat launching ramp is available in the Six Mile Creek area near Dartmouth.


Fishing is a popular activity on and around Lake Dartmouth.

An amateur fishing licence is required - please also check that the trout fishing season is open for the rivers and fishing bags limits are observed.