Mount Beauty and Bogong High Plains

Mount Beauty and Bogong High Plains

Mount Beauty and Bogong High Plains

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Mount Beauty and Bogong High Plains

Alpine National Park

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.
While the ski resort of Falls Creek lies outside the Alpine National Park, it is the perfect launch pad for those wanting to experience some of the best back-country skiing in Victoria, the thrill of mountain biking, hikes through wildflower-littered landscapes and unforgettable alpine vistas.

Don’t be put off by the myth that mountain biking is only for the daring. Falls Creek has over 40km of world-class gravity trails nestled high on the alpine plains. Accessible to the newest of mountain-bikers, pick from easy cruises to fun-flowing descents and all-mountain trails. Swap the mountain bike for a sturdy road bike and pedal through the stunning Tawonga Gap and to towering heights on the climb to the peaks of Mount Beauty or Falls Creek.

Be both challenged and rewarded over the three-day Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing. The 37km trail treks over high alpine ridgelines and plains, through river valleys, wetlands thriving with birdlife and panorama-prone landscapes. Sleep out under the stars and discover the remnants of the regions rich cattleman history.

Conquer Victoria’s highest peak, Mount Bogong. Standing 1,986m tall, the long journey to the top tests even the most experienced of hikers. Climb through tall Peppermint and stunted Snow Gum forest before emerging on top of the world. Take in the uninterrupted views across the Alps, before descending back to base.

Things To Do

 
Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.

Alpine Discovery Days

Learn about this beautiful and unique region, the historical significance of the Alpine huts, and the stunning natural ecosystem surrounding them from trained Volunteer Park Guides. Alpine Discovery Dyas run on selected days during the summer school holidays and over the Easter long weekend.
Two women walk towards the summit of Mt Bogong in the Alpine National Park.

Mount Bogong

At 1986 metres, Mt Bogong is the highest peak in Victoria and attracts hikers and skiers.
Two women camp in the Alpine National Park at twilight.

Dispersed camping in Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park offers some of the most authentic and scenic bush camping opportunities in Victoria.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Hiking in Alpine National Park

Explore some of Australia's best mountain walking around Mount Bogong, including the Staircase, Eskdale Spur and a variety of other day hikes and family walks.

How to get there

Mount Beauty and Bogong High Plains

When to go

The adventurous experiences thrive long after the snow has melted in the Alps. The slopes of Falls Creek open to mountain bikers. More than 40km of purpose built singetrack wind through snowgums and mesmerising alpine terrain. Or if you're a road cyclists, the 7-Peaks Challenge to the top of Falls Creek is sure to impress.

The best time to explore the Alpine National Park on foot is between November and April. The mild summer temperatures found in the high altitudes of the Alpine National Park are the perfect retreat from its lower-lying counterparts and make for perfect hiking conditions. While the occasional sunny day can see daytime temperatures rise above 30°C, the nights are still cool.

The rivers in the Alps flow rich and fly-fishing on the Ovens River is at its best in early-January. Trout are plentiful and the added bonus of the beautiful river valley is sure to impress too!

Need to know

Mount Beauty and Bogong High Plains

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

    Planned Aerial shooting operations - Feathertop area

    Parts of this Park will be closed from Monday 7th – Friday 11th March, Monday 28th March – Friday 1st April and Monday 23rd – Friday 27th May 2022.

    See attached map for details.

    Attachments: ANP_Feathertop aerial shooting Information (744KB)

    Planned Aerial shooting operations - Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains area

    Parts of this Park will be closed from Monday 7th – Thursday 10th March, Monday 4th – Friday 8th April and Monday 23rd – Friday 27th May 2022.

    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: ANP_Dinner Plain Dargo High Plains aerial shooting informat (490KB)

    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.

    Early seasonal road closures 2022

    The following roads in the Alpine National Park are subject to early seasonal road closures.

    From 1 May 2022: Golden Ridge Track (Map 34D), King Spur Track (Map 34D), Long Spur Track (Map 34D), Shepherds Creek Track (Map 34D), and Kelly Lane (Map 34I).

    From 7 May 2022: Davies Plain Track (Maps 34F and 34G), and Kings Plain Track (Map 34F).

    From 16 May 2022: Bluff Track (Map 34A).

    See Map 34A: Alpine National Park (West A), Map 34D: Alpine National Park (Central), Map 34F: Alpine National Park (North East), Map 34G: Alpine National Park (East), and Map 34I: Alpine National Park (South West) for locations of the closures.

    Visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.

    Planned Aerial shooting operations - Bogong High Plains and Foothills area

    Parts of this Park will be closed from Monday 23rd – Friday 27th May 2022.
     
    See attached map for details.
     

    Attachments: Park closure - Bogong High Plains - May 2022 (644KB)

    Track Closure

    Mount Wellington and Moroka Range Tracks are closed due to four-wheel drive track maintenance works.

    Foothills & Southern Alps 4WD Track Maintenance


    Extensive roading maintenance work has commenced across vast areas of the Southern Alps. Works are occurring on various tracks in State Forest and the Alpine National Park north of Licola and will continue while conditions allow. We wish to inform visitors that the four-wheel drive network remains open, but you may encounter delays. Please contact the Heyfield Office for specific local information as machines will be moving throughout the landscape.

  • Bon Accord Spur Walk (Alpine National Park)

    Road Closure - Lower access road to Bon Accord Walking Track

    The lower access road to Bon Accord Walking Track will be closed for works on the 19th-20th May 2022. The upper access road will still be open, and can be used to access Bon Accord Walking Track on these dates.

    Road Closure - Lower access road to Bon Accord Walking Track

    The lower access road to Bon Accord Walking Track will be closed for works on the 19th-20th May 2022. The upper access road will still be open, and can be used to access Bon Accord Walking Track on these dates.

    Road Closure - Lower access road to Bon Accord Walking Track

    The lower access road to Bon Accord Walking Track will be closed for works on the 19th-20th May 2022. The upper access road will still be open, and can be used to access Bon Accord Walking Track on these dates.

    Road Closure - Lower access road to Bon Accord Walking Track

    The lower access road to Bon Accord Walking Track will be closed for works on the 19th-20th May 2022. The upper access road will still be open, and can be used to access Bon Accord Walking Track on these dates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    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

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

    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. 

 
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