Skiing and snowplay

Mountains in Victoria’s national parks becoming enchanting, whisper- quiet playgrounds for skiers, toboggan riders and sightseers in the crisp months of winter and early spring. Their pure white landscapes are more often easily accessible and open a natural white stage for family fun and wilderness adventure for the gifted cross-country skiers. Make plans to revel in the snowfields, for planning is the key to an exhilarating experience on the slopes.

There’s no business like snow business. If you’re heading out for some snow play this winter, keep yourself safe by following these tips:

  • Expect cold, wet and windy conditions in alpine areas, be prepared with the right clothing and match your activity to your skills and fitness.
  • Dramatic weather changes are common so please always check the weather forecast, snowpack and be aware of hazards.
  • Check that the park is open before travelling, by looking for the Change of Conditions on the park’s page.
  • If a car park is full, no more people can visit that site. Find an alternative site to visit. Do not join vehicle queues or park illegally.
  • Be self-sufficient with extra warm clothing, spare dry clothing, food, water and personal hygiene products, including hand sanitiser.
  • Be mindful of gathering size limits when visiting refuge huts in Alpine areas. These huts are relatively confined spaces where the virus may persist in the air and on surfaces.
  • If you’re out in remote back country areas you need to take extra care and be mindful of the additional risks and hazards. Backcountry skiing especially is an inherently dangerous activity that requires experience and knowledge of the terrain and conditions.

Snow areas close to Melbourne, such as Mount Donna Buang and Mount St Gwinear, are likely to be extremely busy and may quickly reach safe visitor capacity at peak times.

Follow these simple tips and make your visit to the snow a safe and memorable one!

Popular skiing and snowplay spots

A couple walk along the Bogong High Plains near Mt Nelse.

Alpine National Park

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
A middle aged couple walk through Mushroom Rocks on a cold winters day with snow on the ground.

Baw Baw National Park

Covering a substantial part of the Baw Baw Plateau and sections of the Thomson and Aberfeldy River valleys, Baw Baw National Park offers colourful wildflowers in early summer and open grassy plains with Snow Gum woodlands.
A picturesque photo of the stone hut near the Horn at Mt Buffalo.

Mount Buffalo National Park

Sheer cliffs, granite tors, waterfalls and big views make Mount Buffalo a must-see alpine retreat
A family take in the view of the Yarra Ranges from the elevated platform at Mt Donna Buang.

Mount Donna Buang

At an elevation of 1.2km, the summit features a lookout tower which offers panoramic views over Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong and Cathedral Ranges, Mount Baw Baw and the Alps. It's a great picnic spot and starting point for walks on the mountain.

More adventure activities

A young mountain biker attempts a drop while cheered on by his father and older sister at the You Yangs Regional Park.

Mountain biking

Explore parks on two wheels with mountain bike trails to suit most experience and fitness levels.
A diver takes a photo a school of fish in the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.

Scuba diving

Dive to the depths of the ocean floor in marine national parks or explore shipwrecks at the bottom of the bays.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore beautiful waterways. Enjoy the tranquility and spot wildlife that hikers don’t normally see.
A couple in their thirties take in the view along Dead Timber Track.

Hiking and bushwalking

Witness breathtaking natural scenery at some of Victoria’s most iconic places when you lace up your boots and take to a hiking trail.
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