One of the most iconic tracks in all of the High Country, Blue Rag Range Track is a visual spectacle that can create some nervous moments for drivers attempting to scale its heights.
|Grading||Low range and high clearance|
|Distance||140km Bright to Mt St Bernard; 141km via Mt Murray North Track|
|160km Bright to Harrietville; one-day endurance in heavy 4WD conditions required|
|Fuel & supplies||Bright, Harrietville, Porepunkah|
|Best time of year||Spring and summer for wildflowers, autumn for changing foliage; most of these tracks are closed in winter|
|Warnings||These tracks are subject to closure anytime between May and late November; check closures before departing.|
|Fire bans||Sections of Alpine National Park will be closed on Code Red (Catastrophic) days|
|Facilities||Bright, Porepunkah, Harrietville, Hotham Heights|
|Important contacts||Bright Visitors Centre, Ph (03) 5755 2275 or 1300 551 117
Alpine Visitors Centre, Bright Ph (03) 5750 1233 or 1800 111 885
|Activities||4WD, Skiing (winter), Bushwalking, Cycling, Hunting (restrictions apply)|
This climb provides excellent views of the High Country, but keep in mind the conditions here are not for the faint-hearted. Using Bright as a base, this 4WD trek takes us to Porepunkah then south into the Buckland Valley. From the Buckland River Bridge, you'll climb the Goldie Spur Track to the Yarrabuck Track. This track follows the ridgetop, giving excellent views on the way to the Buffalo Range Track. Travel south on the Buffalo Range Track to Mount Selwyn Road then continue to the Mount Selwyn summit access track. The Mount Selwyn summit is a short, very steep scramble. The view at the summit is well worth the effort.
You'll then go back to the Mount Selwyn Road junction using the summit access track and a turn north, which will take you to the sign-posted Great Dividing Range Track. Further along, you'll begin the descent down to Dingo Creek along the Dingo Creek Track, which is very steep and descends to ford the creek.
From the Dingo Creek Track turn north into Selwyn Road and travel down to Buckland Valley Road. Head south along Selwyn Creek Road past the excellent camping area at Beveridges Station.
About 1km further on, the Mount Murray North Track provides a worthwhile side excursion - otherwise, stay on the Selwyn Creek Road to Twins Jeep Track. A worthwhile sidetrip off Twins Jeep Track is the 2km drive up the Mount Murray summit access track. You'll need to walk the last 200m to the summit. Returning to the Twins Jeep Track, follow it to Mount Saint Bernard on the Great Alpine Road at the intersection with the Dargo Road.
At the junction, head south on the Dargo Road and travel 12km to the Blue Rag Range Track. Climb the Blue Rag Range Track until you reach the Blue Rag Trig. Although the Blue Rag is a one-way trip, it is one of the best 4WD tracks you'll find. It is quite challenging with excellent views and a steep, exciting scramble.
You'll need to return to the Dargo Road, as the Blue Rag Range Track deadends at the Wongungarra River. Camping is possible at the end of the track, but is difficult with no facilities and very little space. Return on the Blue Rag Range Track then use the Dargo High Plains Road to get back to Mount St Bernard. From here, you can take the Great Alpine Road east to Hotham Heights and Omeo or north to Bright via Harrietville.
Beveridges Station camping area
Bright Holiday Park Ph (03) 5755 1141, 1800 706 685
Bright Riverside Holiday Park Ph (03) 5755 1118
Mount Murray bush camping area
Mount Freezeout bush camping area
Riverview Caravan Park Porepunkah, Ph (03) 5756 2290
Things to do
While in Bright, make sure to explore Mount Buffalo National Park. Take in views of the peaks from the Mount Buffalo Chalet. All-season camping is available at Lake Catani campground, with remote camping for cross-country skiers at Mount McLeod. This area is beautiful during autumn with great conditions and one of the High Country's biggest festivals, Bright's Autumn Festival.
Views like no other
If there was ever a good opportunity to get out of your car and soak in the view, this track will provide it! Spend some time at Mount Murray, Mount Selwyn and Mount Blue Rag to take advantage of some of the High Country's most stunning views. If you want to go out on a hiking excursion, there is a section of the Australian Alps Walking Track that runs from Mount Murray to Mount St Bernard. The granite tors and rushing waterfalls of Mount Buffalo National Park make it an amazing place to hike at any time of year, especially the area around the Horn. The Razorback Walk runs from Mount Hotham to Mount Feathertop and can be done in part as a day hike or in full with a stopover at Federation Hut.