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  • The surface of Warm Corners Track, Clem Track, and the eastern end of Warbisco Track may be loose and dusty, and will become very slippery in wet conditions, due to recent heavy machinery work as part of a fire response effort. Visitors are requested to avoid travelling on these tracks if possible, particularly in wet conditions. at Four Wheel Driving Friday 9 November, 2018
  • The Snowy Icon 4WD route includes the Bowen Track, Bowen Link Track and Monkeytop Track, which may be blocked by trees as it is not currently possible to assess and clear these tracks of fallen timber. at Four Wheel Driving Friday 9 November, 2018
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Four wheel driving

Four wheel drive through this remote park and enjoy spectacular river scenery, deep gorges, waterfalls and magnificent forests.

To protect the environment and for your safety, many of the 4WD tracks in the park are closed during the wetter winter months. Always check road conditions before visiting.  

Snowy Iconic 4WD Route

The Snowy Iconic 4WD Route passes through the Snowy River National Park and is a 2-3 day drive which includes opportunities for camping, walking swimming and canoeing along the way. While much of this route follows formed gravel roads, the northern part of the route involves four wheel driving along a section of the Deddick Trail, Bowen Track, Monkeytop Track and Waratah Flat Rd.  

These tracks have a single black diamond classification (difficult in dry conditions) and as they pass through high elevation wet forest, these tracks are likely to become very slippery even after just a light shower of rain. Visit Victoria's Iconic 4WD adventures for details.

Deddick Trail

The Deddick Trail is a very popular four wheel drive track in the Snowy River National Park. The Deddick Trail connects between Yalmy Rd and McKillop Bridge and passes through the wild centre of the park, taking in stunning mountain scenery, spectacular wet forests and dry box woodlands.

Sections of the Deddick Trail have a double black diamond classification (very difficult in dry conditions) and the track should only be attempted by groups of experienced drivers with appropriately equipped vehicles. The track contains several water crossings and many sections that are very steep and slippery even in dry weather.  

The section of the Deddick Trail known as the Staircase between Mt Joan and New Country Creek is particularly challenging, with very limited passing opportunities, very steep gradients with a loose slippery surface, deep rutting and large rock steps. Parks Victoria suggests that travellers on the Deddick Trail travel in a northerly direction from Yalmy Rd towards McKillop Bridge to avoid unnecessary passing and to reduce the environmental impacts associated with vehicles attempting to climb the staircase. Potential users of this track are advised to read the information below relating to double black diamond track classification before attempting this track.

Jacksons Crossing and Hicks Campground

Jacksons Crossing and Hicks Campground are remote, four wheel drive accessible campgrounds in the southern part of the Snowy River National Park. Access is via Varneys Track from Yalmy Rd on the eastern side and via Jacksons Crossing Track from Basin Rd on the western side.  

Varneys Track and Jacksons Crossing Track have a single black diamond classification (difficult in dry conditions). The ford crossing of the Snowy River at Jacksons Crossing can be difficult to follow, as it is not a direct crossing. Both the crossing of the Snowy River at Jacksons Crossing and the crossing of the Rodger River on Varneys Track are subject to flash flooding as a result of rainfall in upper catchments. Travellers need to maintain awareness of forecast weather conditions and should never attempt to cross when water levels are high.

Track Classifications

Most of the four wheel drive tracks within the Snowy River National Park have either a single or double black diamond classification:

Single Black Diamond - Difficult in dry conditions. Tracks with frequent steep and/or rocky/slippery/sandy track sections. Possible water crossings. Suitable for medium clearance vehicles with dual range and all terrain or road tyres. Recommended for drivers with reasonable experience or 4WD training. To be done in groups of vehicles. Will be more difficult in wet conditions.

Double Black Diamond - Very difficult in dry conditions. Tracks with frequent very steep and/or rocky/slippery/sandy track sections. May have difficult water crossings. Suitable for high clearance vehicles with dual range and tyres suitable for the terrain (mud terrain tyres). Winch recovery equipment required. Should only be attempted by drivers with extensive experience and advanced training as there are several technical challenges. Recommended to be done in groups of four or more vehicles. Will be more difficult in wet conditions.