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 Sites
Closures due to the active fires in the Upper Murray areaThere is an active fire located in the Upper Murray area around the township of Corryong.The fire has already impacted several parks and reserves in the area and has the potential for further impacts.As a result of the fire the following campsites and parks on the Murray River are closed to members of the public until further notice:Burrowye Bend ReserveBullock Flat ReserveGadd’s Bend ReservePebble Beach ReserveNeil’s Bend ReserveClarke Lagoon Wildlife ReserveLighthouse Crossing ReserveIndi Bridge ReserveBunroy Creek ReserveBurrowa-Pine Mountain National ParkMount Mittamatite Regional Park (also known as Mount Mitta Mitta Regional Park).Visitors who are currently in these parks and reserves are advised to leave immediately if it safe to do so.If you are in these parks and reserves it is critical that you follow Vic Emergency Services advice, which can be accessed through:
- the Vic Emergency Service website (www.emergency.vic.gov.au)
- the Vic Emergency Hotline (freecall 1800 226 226), or
- on the VicEmergency App.
Alpine National Park
Areas of Alpine National Park closed due to fireAlpine 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
Attachments: Alpine National Park re-opening 23 Jan 2020 (758KB)
Federation Hut (Alpine National Park)
Federation Hut water tank emptyThe water tank at Federation Hut is currently empty. The tank has been repaired but until there is significant rain, there will be no water in the tank.Non-potable water is still available at the spring on Northwest Spur Walking Track between MUMC Hut and Federation Hut and near the Old Federation Hut site off Bungalow Spur Walking Track.
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.