By Stephanie Williams
The Australian Alps are filled with outdoor pursuits, character-filled country pubs and snow-covered gum trees. The mountain range spans the states of New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria and embraces 16 national parks and reserves. In summer (December to February) climb to the top of Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, or hit the slopes during winter (June to August) at one of the many ski resorts dotted across its peaks. Ride a mountain bike along contour-hugging trails, bushwalk to a heritage hut or horse ride along alpine tracks. Hike part of the 650 kilometre (403 mile) Australian Alps Walking Track or take in range-upon-range mountain views while driving the Great Alpine Road. The Australian Alps have long been associated with outdoor pursuits but they also have a rich pioneering story to tell.
HOW TO GET THERE
The best way to explore the Australian Alps is by car. From Sydney it's a 5 1/2 hour drive to Jindabyne, the gateway to Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass. From Melbourne it's about three hours to Wangaratta and the Victorian High Country. Snowy Mountains Airport is a 45 minute drive from Jindabyne and provides direct services to Sydney. There are also bus services from Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
- Bushwalk and mountain bike in Namadgi National Park
- Go on a gourmet drive along the Great Alpine Road
- Ski or snowboard on Australia’s highest slopes