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.

Three friends stop for a quick drink late in the afternoon on their walk from Hotham to Falls Creek.

Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing

The Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing is a 37km three-day hike through the Alpine National Park from Falls Creek to Mt Hotham. Enjoy spectacular views of mountain ridges from 2000m above sea level, walk through beautiful Snow Gum woodland and camp near two historic huts.

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.

  • Alpine National Park

    Partial track closure - Besford Track, Alpine NP

    A severely water damaged section of Besford Track, within the Alpine National Park north of Benambra, is closed to all vehicles. There is no through access for vehicles on Besford Track between the Benambra-Corryong Road and Deep Creek Track.

    Seasonal road closures 2022

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

    Mt Selwyn Road partial closure

    A partial closure of the Mount Selwyn Road exists between the Mount Selwyn 5 Ways (its intersection with Walsh's Track and the Buffalo Range Track) and the Canyon Road intersection.  This section of track has become severely degraded due to the wet conditions and presents a risk visitor safety, water quality and further damage to the track surface.  Selwyn Creek Road is the preferred alternative for travelling between the Buckland Valley and Tea Tree Range

    Planned aerial shooting operations – Tom Groggin/Mt Pinnibar area

    Parts of this Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations are undertaken.
     
    14-18 November 2022
    21-24 November 2022
    8-12 May 2023
    29 May-2 June 2023
    5-9 June 2023
     
    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: Alpine National Park_Tom Groggin Aerial shooting info sign (396KB)

    Planned aerial shooting operations – Ingeegoodbee/Tingaringy areas

    Parts of this Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations are undertaken.
     
    24-28 October 2022
    28 November-2 December 2022
    3-7 April 2023
     
    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: Alpine National Park_Ingeegoodbee Tingaringy aerial shooting information (449KB)

  • Paradise Falls (Alpine National Park)

    Wabonga Track Closure

    Wabonga Track in the Alpine National Park is currently closed between Paradise Falls Road and MacMillans Tracks.

    A large spring has opened up in the middle of the road creating a sink hole that presents a hazard to entering vehicles.

    The track will remain closed until conditions allow for road repairs. The track is expected to open in January 2023 

  • Frys Flat Camping Area (Howqua River Heritage River, Howqua Hills Historic Area)

    Vehicle access to Frys Flat Horse Yards

    The Howqua Hills Track between Sheepyard Flat South and Frys Flat currently requires 4WD capability and may not be suitable for the use of floats and trailers to transport horses into this area.  It is recommended that visitors inspect the track prior to crossing to ensure that they are comfortable with the condition of the track and have the ability to cross safely. 

    Parks Victoria are currently negotiating various approvals and permits required to undertake the necessary repair and maintenance to restore this section of track. 

    If you still wish to book and camp at Fry’s Flat with your horse, there are alternate methods of accessing the area.  You can:

    • Walk/ride horses in from Howqua Hills track (100-200m)
    • Walk/ride horse in from Martin/Fern or Spring street (across the river)

    Alternative camping areas with vehicle-accessible horse yards available for booking nearby are also found at: 

    • Tunnel Bend, Howqua Hills Historic Area (up to 10 horses, dogs permitted).
    • 7-mile Flat, Alpine National Park (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)
    • King River Hut, Alpine National Park (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)
    • Lovicks Hut (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted) 

    For further information, please contact the Mansfield office on 03 5733 1200 and ask to speak to one of the PV Rangers. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Planned deer control operations - Eastern Region

    Planned deer control operations - Eastern Region
     
    Deer control operations (ground and aerial) will be carried out across the following parks and reserves between October 2022 and June 2023. 
     
    • Alpine National Park
      • Mount Bogong & Bogong High Plains
      • Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains
      • Feathertop
      • Foothills and Southern Alps
      • Ingeegoodbee/Tingaringy
    • Buchan Caves Reserve
    • Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
    • Cape Conran Coastal Park
    • Coopracambra NP
    • Croajingolong NP
    • Errinundra NP
    • Lake Tyers State Park
    • Baw Baw NP
    • Mount Buffalo NP
    • Snowy River NP
    • Upper Murray - Wabba Wilderness, Burrowa Pine NP, Mt Mittamitite
    • Wilsons Prom NP
     
    More information on temporary park closures for aerial shooting operations will be provided in the coming weeks
     
     For more information on deer control to protect native species visit parks.vic.gov.au.

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