Alpine National Park

Alpine National Park

Alpine National Park

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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.

 
A woman hikes to the top of Mt Cobbler with spectacular views of the High Country in the background.

Mansfield and Whitfield

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.

Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Mount Beauty and Bogong High Plains

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.

Two women take a photo of the ephemeral Bluff Falls.

Omeo and Mitta Mitta

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.

Three horseriders saddle-up a pack horse before the day's riding.

Camping with your horse in the Bogong High Plains

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.

A man wearing a driza-bone jacket adjusts the saddle of his horse in a forest in the Alpine National Park.

Camping with your horse in the Howqua Hills

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.

Camping with your horse

Dispersed camping in Alpine National Park

 

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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.

  • Alpine National Park

    Track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)

    The following tracks in the Alpine NP (Omeo Management Area) are currently closed to all vehicles while condition assessments and repairs are being undertaken:
     
    Ingeegoodbee Track
    Cobberas Track
    MacFarlanes Flat Track

    Partial closure of Australian Alps Walking Track (Eastern Alps)

    A fire affected section of the Australian Alps Walking Track is currently closed between Buenba Flat and Misery Trail.

    The following vehicle tracks would be suitable as an alternative route west to east from Buenba Flat to Misery Trail:

    • Buenba Road
    • Mt Hope Road
    • Buckwong Track
    • Misery Trail

     

    Blue Rag Range gate access via south Basalt only

    Due to the extended seasonal closure of the Dargo High Plains Road, managed by the Alpine Shire Council, the only access to Blue Rag Range track is via South Basalt Track. For further information about the Dargo High Plains Road please contact the Alpine Shire:
    https://www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au/council/contact-us
    Phone: 03 5755 0555

    Planned Aerial shooting operations - Bogong Foothills area

    Parts of this Park will be closed from Monday 22nd November – Friday 26th November and Monday 29th November – Friday 3rd December 2021. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire 

    Attachments: Alpine National Park - Bogong Foothills area Nov&Dec 2021 (731KB)

    Planned Aerial shooting operations - Feathertop area

    Parts of this Park will be closed from Monday 22nd November – Friday 26th November and Monday 29th November – Friday 3rd December 2021. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire 

    Attachments: Alpine National Park - Feathertop area Nov&Dec 2021 (567KB)

    Marathon Road Condition

    Due to a damaged culvert in State Forest at the northern end, Marathon Road is impassable. Visitors wishing to enter areas of the Alpine National Park such as the Pinnacles and Horseyard Flat should travel via Licola, Tamboritha and Moroka Roads. 

    Tamboritha, Howitt & Moroka Road Conditions

    Tamboritha, Howitt and Moroka Roads are currently recommended for Four-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive Vehicles with sufficient clearance and appropriate tyres. Vehicles travelling on these roads require attention to variations of the surface between Bennison Lookout, Howitt Car-park and Pinnacle's Day Visitor area. Always drive to the conditions and consider the weather when planning your trip.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Planned Aerial shooting operations - Avon Wilderness Park (and part of adjacent Alpine National Park)

    This Park will be closed from Monday 22nd November  Friday 26th November and Monday 29th November – Friday 3rd December 2021. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire 

    Attachments: Avon Wilderness Park - Nov & Dec21 (462KB)

    Deer Control (ground shooting) operation underway

    Deer control is being undertaken in this park from October 2021 to June 2022. Some localised access restrictions may apply. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire 

  • Bungalow Spur Walk (Alpine National Park)

    Carparking at Bungalow Spur Walking is now located at Tronah Reserve

    BUNGALOW SPUR CARPARK | Council has been working with the community, the Tronoh Reserve Committee of Management and Parks Victoria to facilitate suitable, safe parking for visitors to the popular Bungalow Spur Walking Track up Mount Feathertop.
    This week new signage will be visible to those visiting the walking track:
    - A series of permanent signs will designate the area immediately opposite the existing trailhead on Feathertop Track as a drop off zone only, designed for motorists to drop off and collect walkers and their equipment.
    - A temporary Variable Message Sign will be installed to direct motorists to a new carparking area in the Tronoh Reserve and limit vehicular traffic on Feathertop Track.
    The scope of the Alpine Better Places Harrietville Detailed Concept Design project includes carparking and trailhead facilities in the Tronoh Reserve, and interested members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft concept designs during the next community consultation planned in early 2021.
    For further information, please contact Council on 5755 0555 or info@alpineshire.vic.gov.au.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Tamboritha, Howitt & Moroka Road Conditions

    Tamboritha, Howitt and Moroka Roads are currently recommended for Four-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive Vehicles with sufficient clearance and appropriate tyres. Vehicles travelling on these roads require attention to variations of the surface between Bennison Lookout, Howitt Car-park and Pinnacle's Day Visitor area. Always drive to the conditions and consider the weather when planning your trip.

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