• Length: 26km

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Sheepyard Flat

  • End: Sheepyard Flat

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Mansfield

  • Distance from CBD: 226km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.19385287

  • Longitude: 146.3462591

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Eagle Peaks Circuit is a 26km, grade 5 circuit hike, located in Alpine National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2 days to complete.

Hike Summary

Eagle Peaks are located in the heart of The Governors Remote & natural Area of the Alpine National Park, a remote area above the Howqua River. The Eagle Peaks Circuit is an extremely challenging hike that should only be undertaken by experienced hikers.

The circuit commences at Sheepyard Flat. Follow the gravel road from Sheepyard flat until you reach a walking trail that runs over to and alongside Lickhole Creek. Follow this trail until you reach the summit of Mount Darling.

From the summit, descend into Lickhole Gap and climb steeply onto the Eagle's Peaks. The entire spur from Mount Darling, through Lickhole Gap and up to Eagle Peaks is quite overgrown and requires a lot of bush bashing. The spur is steep and rocky in places and requires that you dont have a fear of heights or exposed ledges with the terrain being near-vertical in places to the 1,445 metre summit. Once on Ealge Peaks follow the narrow and rocky ridge line west, picking up the Eagle Peaks Track back to Dubons Flat. Turn left at the road junction and follow the road back to Sheepyard Flat.

Be prepared

This hike requires that you have a sufficient level of equipment (in good working order), fitness and self-reliance. A PLB is also highly recommended as this is a remote area. The last water source is located in the creek crossing just before the ascent to Mount Darling. You will need to collect enough water to get you to your camp site and through the second day.

About the region

The Alpine National Park is a national park located in the Central Highlands and Alpine regions of Victoria, Australia. The 646,000-hectare national park is located northeast of Melbourne. It is the largest National Park in Victoria, and covers much of the higher areas of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria, including Victoria's highest point, Mount Bogong at 1,986 metres and the associated subalpine woodland and grassland of the Bogong High Plains. The park's north-eastern boundary is along the border with New South Wales, where it abuts the Kosciuszko National Park.

Getting there

From Mansfield, continue along the Mount Buller Road for 19.5km to Merijig, then a further 2km to the Howqua Track turnoff on the right. Follow the unsealed Howqua Track for 16.5km to Sheepyard Flat.

Camping is available at Sheepyard Flat and if you wanted to make this a two day hike you can also camp on the saddle or summit of Mount Darling.

GPX File

Total distance: 26205 m
Max elevation: 1407 m
Min elevation: 444 m
Total climbing: 1752 m
Total descent: -1755 m
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First of three snakes on the trail that day
Nice little Red Belly Black
The trail has to be in here somewhere
Gotta love the bush bashing
Looking up towards Eagle Peaks from Lichole Gap

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8 thoughts on “Eagle Peaks Circuit (26km)

  1. We attempted this circuit on 23 January 2016. The spur from Lickhole Gap to Eagle Peaks is overgrown, is quite steep and requires exposed rock scrambling in order to gain the summit. Members of our team were not confident so we were forced to turn back.

    1. Hey Jason. Not reliable at all. I would not rely on any water ok mount darling. You really need to collect it before leaving the creek. Just a tip too that the section between mount darling and eagle peaks can be slow and challenging. Last time I was there it was dense bush that took a few hours to get through. Make sure you have a head for heights too and are confident at rock scrambling. As a few near vertical climbs are required.

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