Tobacco Flat Area - Fast Facts

Trail number

Not applicable

Trail length

20 kms return

Elevation variance

500 metres

Trail type

Single trail, fire trail and gravel road

Trail surface

Gravel, rock outcrops and rocks

Weather affected

Prone to be muddy after heavy rain

Trail condition sources


Trail features

Suitable for 4WD shuttle to top. Massive 500 metre drop in 4 kms.

Trail obstacles

Legs being able to last.

Trail Rating

Trail rating


Rating basis


Night riding


Family Friendly


Trail Map and GPX File

Use Topographic Map For This Area


No GPX download

Trail Description

From near the Fry's Flat area, you can follow the Howqua Hills Track over to Tobacco Flat. This is a 2WD road that can be readily covered by a mountain bike.

From here, if you keep following the Howqua Hills Track it rapidly ascends as a 4WD only track. This track is reasonably chewed up by the 4WDs due to the steepness which make it interesting. If you keep going up the 4WD track you get good views across to Buller. Please note that this is a seriously steep bit of track with an average gradient of 1 in 8 so don't be surprised if you walk a reasonable amount of it! If you've got a 4WD buddy, do a shuttle run up.

Pictures below are of the 2WD portion to Tobacco Flat and the second photo is from the 4WD portion looking down on to Tobacco Flat.

The trail is shown in blue in the map above.

View over Tobacco Flat and 4WD portion of track.

Trail Videos

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Parking and Facilities
Parking is available at Tobacco Flat.
No toilet facilities are available.
No drinking water is available.
No food or drinks are available in the immediate area.
No local information facilities are available.