Alpine National Park
Alpine National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape that includes traditional Country of the Taungurung and Gunaikurnai Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.
The Alpine National Park is an adventure-lover’s dream. Hike Victoria’s highest mountain ranges, explore wildflower draped landscapes on horseback or head out on world-class mountain bike trails. Run wild rapids on white-water rafting trips, four-wheel drive the secluded reaches of the park or cross-country ski through tangled snow gum forests.
Head out on the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing and hike over towering alpine ridgelines, through lush river valleys and unforgettable alpine scenery. Discover the history and heritage of the High Country as you tour through rugged bushland and unforgettable mountain scenery along the Wonnangatta Four-wheel Drive.
You can follow the sharp spine of The Razorback to Victoria’s second highest peak, Mount Feathertop and take in the stunning panoramas over the Great Dividing Range. Or conquer Victoria’s highest peak, Mt Bogong.
Find historic huts that legendary cattlemen called home scattered throughout the Bogong High Plains or get the adrenaline pumping on a white-water rafting trip down the Mitta Mitta River. The Alpine National Park boasts some of the best ski touring opportunities in Victoria – from well-defined downhill runs to remote cross-country skiing trails and backcountry terrain ready to be carved up.
See Victoria’s tallest waterfall, Dandongadale Falls, plunge 255 metres over a sheer cliff face and disappear into the Ross River below. Visit Paradise Falls, where a fine silver mist spills over a red conglomerate ledge or the quaint Little Falls nestled in a narrow fern-laden gully.
Nestled in the heart of the Alpine National Park, Mount Beauty and the Bogong High Plains offer a plethora of activities for thrill-seekers. Ski the seemingly endless runs and ride the world-class mountain bike trails of Falls Creek, set out on an overnight adventure along the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing or tackle Victoria’s highest peak, Mount Bogong.
The Mitta Mitta River carves its way through the heart of the Alpine National Park. Its lower reaches stretch from Lake Dartmouth to Anglers Rest where it splits into the Cobungra and Big Rivers. Among ample fishing, camping and four-wheel drive opportunities, the rich gold mining history of Omeo and Mount Wills Historic Area provides plenty of excitement.
The Alpine National Park and Howqua Hills Historic Area provide a unique and stunning backdrop for multi-day horse rides. Horse riding’s long association with the region started in the 1840s when European explorers and miners used horses in their search for gold and summer pastures.
This old gold mining area on the Howqua River is set in a beautiful, secluded valley, once busy with gold miners but now popular for picnics, bushwalking, four-wheel driving, and horse riding. Selected areas in the Howqua Hills Historic Area and some sections of the Alpine National Park have horse yards that can be reserved in advance.
Camping in the Alpine National Park
Within the Alpine National Park bookings and fees apply only to the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing. Dispersed camping is permitted throughout much of the park. There are some camping areas that include facilities such as pit toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces.
Need to know
Alpine National Park
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Campground closureAs directed by the Chief Health Officer all campsites, camping grounds and caravan parks closed from midnight 25 March 2020.People can continue to live on a closed caravan park or camping ground if it is registered as their primary place of residence or if they are staying in caravan parks as interim accommodation where their primary residence is not available. For further information go to parks.vic.gov.au/COVID19
Alpine National Park
Australian Alps Walking Track - section closed due to bushfire impact
During the summer the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) was impacted by fire. Parks Victoria has been working to assess and reinstate the sections of the AAWT impacted by fire. Currently the section from Mount Speculation to the Great Alpine Road, Mount Hotham is closed.Parks Victoria asks all visitors to respect this decision and not enter areas listed as closed. For details visit fire affected parks.
Areas of Alpine National Park closed due to firesAlpine National Park remains closed due to fire activity in the area, with the exception of certain areas. Please check the Fire Affected Parks page for a full list. For a list of State Forest closures, visit the DELWP website. For the latest information on fires, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au. For the latest information on road closures, visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au.
Early seasonal road closures 2020
Tali Karng (Alpine National Park)
Tali Karng partial openingDue to fires in March 2019, many tracks around Tali Karng were impacted from fire. Parks Victoria has been working to assess and reinstate impacted tracks and can confirm that access to Tali Karng is now open via the Wellington River and Clive Lanigan Walking Track from the Tamboritha Road trail head. All other access routes via Riggall Spur, Gillios Track, Echo Point Track and Wellington Plains remain closed. Parks Victoria asks all hikers to respect this decision and not enter areas listed as closed. For details visit fire affected parks.
Tours in the area
Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.
If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.
Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.