Snowy Mountains/Australian Alps

Snowy Mountains/Australian Alps
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Snowy Mountains/Australian Alps

Australia’s Snowy Mountains offer year round outdoor adventure in its 16 national parks and reserves.  


Spanning the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and New South Wales, Australia’s alpine region offers magnificent scenery and year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure. The Australian Alps cover an astonishing 16 national parks and reserves. Ski or snowboard in winter or hike through summer wildflowers. Here you will also discover unique plants and animals, and connect to Australia’s ancient and modern history.

Sunrise in Blue Cow, Perisher, Snowy Mountains

Nature rich and rare

Climb past glacial lakes and snow gum woodlands to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's highest peak. Visit a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve containing plants found nowhere else in the world. Discover underground caves and abundant bird life near Lake Jindabyne. Explore the mountain ash and snow gum forest landscape and colourful alpine meadows on Victoria's Baw Baw Plateau. Spot kangaroos, wallabies and rare frogs in Namadgi National Park near Canberra.

A world of adventure

During Australia’s winter months from June to August you can ski Australia's highest slopes at Thredbo, Perisher Blue and Charlotte’s Pass in New South Wales. Ski or snowboard Victoria’s Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. In summer go hiking, cycling, horse-riding or 4WD touring or canoeing the Snowy River.

Yarrangobilly Caves, Alpine Way, Snowy Mountains

History old and new

Discover the Snowy Mountains and Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park on a cultural tour with an Aboriginal guide. Explore ancient campsites, ceremonial stone arrangements and rock art in Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Visit original cattle huts on the Bogong High Plains and meet ‘High Country’ locals.

 

Autumn, Bright, VIC

Mountain journeys

Wind from Melbourne through Victoria's High Country on the Great Alpine Road through the Ovens Valley wine region, Wangaratta, Bright, Omeo, Bairnsdale and Mount Hotham to Gippsland. Connect to gold-rush history and the legend of Ned Kelly in Glenrowan and Beechworth. The epic Australian Alps Walking Track stretches for 650 kilometres from Walhalla in Victoria to just south of Canberra. The whole walk takes eight to 10 weeks to walk, or you can just do day walks or shorter sections. 

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Challenge yourself in the mountainous Australian Alps in south-eastern Australia. Climb Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest peak, in the Snowy Mountains. In Victoria's High Country, hit the snow slopes or visit gold-rush towns on the Great Alpine Road. Bushwalk and mountain bike in Namadgi National Park, near Canberra, or walk the alps end-to-end on the epic Australian Alps Walking Track.

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Explore Canberra for Australian culture and history at superb monuments and galleries in this city surrounded by parklands and native bushland. Visit Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and Questacon. Experience the the Balloon Fiesta in autumn, Fireside Festival in winter, and Floriade in spring. Explore the Australian Alps or Tidnbinbilla Nature Reserve and Murrumbidgee River Corridor, just a short drive away.

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Australian Alps Walking Track

Australian Alps Walking Track

Cross three states, four national parks and some of Australia's highest peaks on this tough long-distance walk. The trail follows the crest of the Australian Alps for 65km, from Walhalla in Victoria to Tharwa just south of Canberra. Wind up and down the Baw Baw Plateau, Mt Howitt, the Bogong High Plains and the Cobberras in Victoria. Traverse the rugged mountains of Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales and the rocky wilderness of Namadgi National Park near Canberra. Pitch your tent in the wilderness, stay in camping grounds, historic huts or alpine resorts close to the track. Do day treks or combine shorter, more manageable sections of the trail. The end-to-end walk takes about 50 to 60 days and is strictly for the intrepid traveller.

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New South Wales

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