Alpine National Park

Alpine National Park is a great place for winter sports.

Alpine NP is Victoria’s largest national park, popular with bushwalking during the summer and skiing during the winter.

There are also some historical huts, beautiful wildflowers and Alipne birds and animals.
Alpine High Country, Snowy River National Park, Victoria, Australia, Pacific
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The best thing to do in Alpine National Park:


Alpine High Country
The 646,000-hectares Alpine National Park covers a large area of Australia’s alpine high country and includes most of Victoria’s highest peaks like Mount Bogong, Mount Feathertop, Mount Hotham, Mount Buffalo, Mount Buller, Mount Howitt and Mount Stirling. Between the mountains there are open plains, steep valleys, wild rivers and some great views of impressive rock formations. The park is criss-crossed by long walking tracks and surrounded by beautiful towns like Harriettville, Bogong, Omeo, Swifts Creek, Bruthen, Bairnsdale, Maffra, Heyfield, Erica, Jamieson, Howqua and Mansfield. It is east of the area that was most damaged in the 2009 Victoria bushfires.

Places to stay in Bairnsdale include Best Western Colonial Motor Inn, Comfort Inn Kansas City, Comfort Inn Riversdale, Mercure Hotel, and Mitchell Motor Inn.

Places to stay in Mansfield include Alzburg Resort, Highton Manor Bed and Breakfast, Mansfield Motel, Mansfield Valley Motor Inn and Wombat Hills Cottages.

View of Mount Beauty and Mount Bogong, Victoria, Australia, Pacific
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Aboriginal and European History
Aboriginal people visited the area over thousands of years during the summer to eat the nutritious bogong moths which migrate here. They also hold ceremonies while in the Alpine area. European pastoralists started to move to the area in the 1830s and built the historical huts that now are scattered around the alpine country. Gold rushes brought prospectors to the high country from the 1850s, and history from these times can today be seen in towns like Dargo, Mitta Mitta, Harrietville, Bright and Omeo.

Places to stay in Bright include Alpine Valley Cottages, Apartments on Delany, Best Western High Country Motor Inn, Big 4 Caravan Park, Bogong View Motor Inn, Bright Alps Guest House, Bright Avenue Motor Inn, Bright Mystic Valley Holiday Units, Bright On Track, Bright Riverside Caravan Park, Carawatha Gardens, Centenary Peaks Townhouses, Coach House Inn, Delany Lodge, Eugenie Cottage, Highland Valley Holiday Units, Ovens Valley Motor Inn, Riverbank Park Motel and Westwood Lodge.

In Omeo, there is the Snug as a Bug Motel :-) 

Wallace's Hut, Bogong High Plains, Apline National Park, Victoria, Australia, Pacific
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Alpine Vegetation
Alpine National Park contains the greatest range of flora and fauna in Victoria. There are more than 1100 native plants species, twelve of which, including the silky daisy and bogong daisy-bush, are endemic to the park (meaning they are found no-where else in the world). Alpine vegetation changes with altitude. On lower slopes, alpine ash forests are abundant, but as you go higher up, snow gums and other more cold-resistant species take over. Above the tree-line where it is too cold for trees to grow, are heathlands, grasslands and herbfields, known for the beautiful Alpine wildflowers during the summer months.

Landscape of Snow-Covered Snow Gums, Seen from Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia
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Alpine Animals and Birds
Alpine animals have adapted to the extreme cold conditions of the Australian Alps: Common wombat, smoky mouse, broad-toothed rat, spotted tree frog and she-oak skink. Little ravens and powerful owls inhabit the area, and the mountain pygmy-possum, which is only found in a few areas of Australia's high country, is the only exclusively alpine marsupial, and it survives the winters by storing food (mostly bogong moths) to last over the winter.

Little Falls, Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia, Pacific
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Summer - Bushwalking in Alpine National Park
During the summer, the Alpine National Park is a great place for bushwalking. There are many walking tracks, but the most famous is the 65km-long Australian Alps Walking Track between Canberra in the east and Walhalla in the south. And there are also opportunities for horse riding, mountain climbing, fishing, canoeing and four-wheel driving.

Places to stay in Walhalla include Star Hotel Walhalla.

Bushwalker Weston Hut on Western Edge of Bogong High Plains, Australia
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Winter - Australian Ski Resorts
During the winter, it’s all about snow and the most famous ski resorts include Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buffalo. Cross-country skiing can be done at Lake Mountain, Mt Bogong, Mt St Gwinear and Mt Stirling.

Places to Stay in Falls Creek include Astra Alpine Lodge, Bogong Alpine Village, Cedarwood Apartments, Karelia Alpine Lodge, Quay West Resort and Trackers Mountain Lodge.

Places to stay in Mount Buller include Hotel Pension Grimus, Mount Buller Chalet Hotel and Suites, and Ski Club of Victoria Lodges.

Skiers Skiing on Slope at Mount Hotham, High Country, Victoria, Australia
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Here's a map of Alpine National Park, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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