Alpine National Park
Victoria's largest National Park, covering 646,000 hectares, is a place to experience the great Australian outdoors in all its magnificent guises.
Mountain peaks covered in snow during winter become in spring, summer and autumn amazing places to hike and trek and camp, watch birds, explore history, cycle down, fly over, tour around, swim and fish in and observe unique flora and fauna.
Harrietville is a great place to discover the north eastern sections of the Alpine National Park, including Mount Hotham, Mount Feathertop and Mount Bogong. A number of Parks Victoria-approved tour operators guide bushwalks, horse rides, birdwatching, canoe and cycling treks year-round. Go to parks.vic.gov.au for details.
The Alpine National Park covers 646,000 hectares and is the State’s largest, with Mount Bogong, Mount Feathertop and the rolling high plains being the best known features. The Park offers excellent camping and hiking, as well as a range of other activities and highlights.
Extensive snowfields are the primary winter attraction; the warmer months bring stunning wildflower displays and opportunities for bushwalks and four wheel driving.
The Park supports over 1100 native plant species of which 12 are endemic to the park and 38 of national significance. This is also home to the endangered Mountain Pygmy Possum, Smoky Mouse, Broad-toothed Rat, Powerful Owl, Spotted Tree Frog and She-oak Skink.
Green Season Highlights....
Walking: Join the Australian Alps Walking Track from Harrietville via Bon Accord Spur Track or Mount Beauty on Mount Bogong’s Staircase Spur. This iconic walk can take eight weeks to complete, but many other walks, from 30 minute strolls to overnight hikes are available.
The 37km Falls-Hotham Alpine Crossing is one of Victoria’s iconic walks traversing beautiful alpine landscapes, snow gum forests, grassy plains and historic huts over a three-day hike. Visit: parks.vic.gov.au
Cattlemen’s Huts: Over 100 of these historic shelters are dotted throughout the Park including the oldest, National Trust classified Wallace Hut near Falls Creek, easily reached via a short 45minute 1.5km walk from the Bogong High Plains Road.
Camping: Pitching a tent overnight or for a few days is a fantastic way to experience the beauty and serenity of the Park with bush camping permitted throughout much of the area. There are also designated camping areas equipped with toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces at: JB Plain between Hotham Village and Dinner Plain on the Great Alpine Road (walk in only) Bucketty Plain, Rasberry Hill and Langfords West (horse yards) on the Bogong High Plains east of Falls Creek Mountain Creek at the foot of Mount Bogong near Tawonga