I didn’t think it was possible for the camp sites that we’d stayed at in the Victorian High Country to get any better, and yet Frys Flat Campground proved this wrong. We’d enjoyed 3 amazing nights at Grannys Flat Campground near Jamieson, which is nothing short of spectacular, and then a couple of nights at a decent campground near Mt Buller.
Originally we’d planned to go to Sheepyard Flat, but a local had told us that Frys Flat Campground was even better, and we took his advice and towed our Reconn R2 in.
Where is Frys Flat Campground?
Frys Hut Campground is located right next to Sheepyard Flat, in the huge array of camp sites on the Howqua plains. It’s on the same river, and is about 5 minutes drive away from Sheepyards. There’s a heap of other camp sites nearby that are decent too, so don’t overlook them either.
What’s the campground like?
Pulling into the campground, you have three main areas, with the central one around the hut being the biggest, and fully grassed. All sites back onto the beautiful stream. If you turn right, you have a private big area where the walk to Sheepyard Flat starts.
In the centre is a huge grassy area with a few sites along the river, and Frys hut itself.
If you keep going to the left though, you’ll go through a narrow section and pop out in a more natural looking area with a heap of holes, weeds and mud around, and some horse yards in the corner.
We spied a spectacular camp site right next to the river, with a fire pit, incredible views of the big trees behind that were losing their leaves and a nice flat, grassy area, and jumped on it quick smart.
What amenities are there?
Frys has two toilets, and a number of fire pits around the place.
How does it compare to Sheepyard Flat?
We didn’t mind Sheepyard Flat. It’s a big, beautiful grassy area that is understandably busy. Frys Flat is quieter, smaller, and although we preferred it, you can’t go too wrong with either. On the same token though, you can head East to the other campgrounds and there are a number that are equally as nice, and easy enough to get to.
Can you tow a caravan into Frys Hut Campground?
Yes, and fairly easily. The road into Howqua Flat is fairly good, albeit corrugated in sections, and muddy in a couple of spots where its been ripped up a bit.
Despite this, we saw a significant number of caravans towed into Sheepyard and Frys, and some of them were standard, dual axle on road vans with really limited clearance. If its been raining you’d want a suitable tow vehicle and really good all terrains or mud terrains, but its certainly possible.
4WD tracks nearby
Once again, there are more 4WD tracks around the Mansfield, Mt Buller and Jamieson region than you could honestly do in a week of solid driving, and I was completely unsure of where to head, and what to see.
We got lucky though, and spoke to a great local who suggested we head out to Bluff and Lovicks huts for the day, and that’s exactly what we did. The drive out was easy enough, and we had a heap of fun exploring the area in the clouds, and freezing temperatures!
The next day we headed out to do some of the Mitchell Track, which was an absolute ball too.
See our vlog in the High Country
Does it get busy at Frys Flat?
Yes, on the weekends you should expect to have a fair bit of company. That said, when we visited at the start of April over a weekend there was still easily a lot more room for others, and Sheepyards was still fairly spread out. Further along at the other campgrounds there were even campsites that were almost completely empty, so if you want less people, look around a bit.
Animals and bird life at Frys Flat
Another reason that we fell in love with Frys Flat Campground so quickly was the immense amount of bird life around. I suspect some of this is due to the number of people, as the parrots are far more tame than anywhere else we’d seen in the high country, as are the beautiful Kookaburra’s.
There’s also a number of cattle that wander around freely, and even cross the river into camp. Watch out for their poop, but they’re awesome to sit and watch. Here’s a couple of the photos that mainly Sarah took of the wildlife in the area.
Frys Hut is well and truly worth a look at too. Its surprisingly big, and has an interesting history to go with it.
Would we go back to Frys Flat?
We really liked this spot. It helped that we got possibly the best camp site up against some spectacular trees that were losing their leaves, right next to the river and with a nice fire pit and grassy area, but it’s a cracking spot and you really won’t go too wrong with the other camp sites either.
Frys Hut is interesting, and well and truly worth a look, and we loved the fact that its nice and central, and you can head out in so many different directions. We bumped into a couple of caravan owners who said they were staying here for 2 weeks, which blew my mind, but there’s certainly worse places to be!
If you are looking for magic camping in the Victorian High Country, you could absolutely do worse than Frys Flat Campground!