Wellington River

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Wellington River, Licola VIC 3858, Australia
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The Wellington River flows through parts of the Alpine National Park and Avon Wilderness Park joined by three tributaries including the Carey and Dolodrook rivers, and ending up at the Macalister River to the north of Licola. The river descends 820 metres over its 40-kilometre course.


Keen anglers are able to wet a line, with brown trout, European perch, and common carp among the most popular catch to be had.


Lake Tali Karng Trail

17 km each way, 7 hrs to Lake, 6 hours out

The Lake Tali Karng Trail begins along the Wellington River walking track at the third bridge over the Wellington River and at the Platypus camp, about 22 km north of Licola. The route follows the Wellington River upstream for 17 km, crossing the river 16 times. These crossings may be hazardous if the river level is high. The Clive Lanigan Track climbs steeply through the Valley of Destruction and onto the Lake. A slightly longer alternative route is via Riggall Spur Track up to Echo Point. From here it is a 1 km walk down to the Lake. 

Lake Tali Karng hides deep in the mountains and is the only natural lake within the Victorian Alps. Held behind a rock barrier created thousands of years ago, the underground stream it feeds emerges at the infant Wellington River.


Just north of Licola on Tamboritha Road, there are 13 numbered campsites along the Wellington River. These sites offer amenities such as toilets, fireplaces, and picnic tables. You can enjoy camping beneath the shady trees with easy access to the river. Some of the notable campsites include: