Located in the Australian Alps through the Victorian High Country, Blue Rag Range Track is a spectacular off road adventure. The track is very remote and rated as very difficult. It’s definitely only for 4WD cars with good clearance.
This gravel rough track snakes its way over the tops of the range and it’s one of the highest alpine tracks in the country. This track requires four wheel driving and a keen eye on what is coming ahead of you. Engage four wheel drive and change to the low range gears. If you plan to do the Blue Rag Range Track you need to have knowledge about offroad driving. The remote Blue Rag Range Track captures the spirit of off-roading. Be aware that snow may fall without warning at any time during the year. The track is subject to closure anytime between May and late November; check closures before departing.
This rugged track is extremely steep in many places. The road tops out at Mount Blue Rag, at an elevation of 1.726m (5,662ft) above the sea level. There are many excellent photo opportunities. It is a visual spectacle that can create some nervous moments for drivers attempting to scale its heights, with awesome 360º views at the summit. Blue Rag Track follows the ridge lines, with rough, rocky, steep climbs, descents and high precarious mountain edges. On both sides of the track are drops of thousands of feet to valley below. Some people find this track just too daunting. The track is an exhilarating way to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Alpine National Park, but please drive and conduct yourself in a respectful manner.
The track includes some narrow sections unprotected by guardrails. The track requires alertness due to some precarious drops on either side of the trail during the main climb to Mount Blue Rag. It is only accessible in summer as the road and track needed to get to it are closed during the winter months. The track includes very steep sections and some of the turns are so narrow, that it’s difficult to turn in one go. At least two vehicles and experienced drivers are recommended. This track can get very difficult as it’s thin, and steep and with more wear during the rainy days, ruts will form.
Pic: Leon Williams