Licola is a small and attractive village beside the Macalister River, formerly a timber town from where early cattlemen drove their herds to the nearby high plains and mountains for Summer.
Today, the Lions Clubs of Victoria own a large section of land in Licola and operate a wilderness village and youth camp on site, which is immediately surrounded by farm land. The town still generates its own power, pumps and treats its own water and is responsible for waste management. Licola is the only privately owned town in Victoria and the only one in the state not connected to mains power.
Licola is the southern gateway to the Alpine National Park. It’s main industries are tourism, logging and farming. It has one general store including post office and petrol station and a small number of houses.
Licola is a popular destination for camping within the nearby Alpine National Park, four wheel drive enthusiasts enjoy the challenge of the many four wheel drive tracks and trails accessible from Licola and trail bike riders also share the trails network. Horse riders also frequent the Alpine National Park nearby with organised tours available and cross country skiers enjoy the fresh alpine environment in Winter.
Area highlights include the spectacular views available from the Pinnacles lookout and tower, the opportunity to visit many high country cattlemen’s huts, the iconic walk into mysterious Lake Tali Karng, the mystery of Wonnangatta Station and spectacular wild flowers in bloom during Spring, perched on Victoria’s rooftop.
Licola can be reached from Heyfield (53km) to the south or Jamieson (90km) to the north.
Things to do:
• Bryce Gorge
• Licola-Jamieson Rd - summer only
• Stay at the Licola Wilderness Village
• Explore the Avon Wilderness
• Lake Tarli Karng
• The Bennison Plains Road
• Mountain Cattlemen’s Huts
• Explore the Wonnangatta-Moroka National Park
• Howitt Plains
• Alpine walking track
• Pinnacles lookout