Alpine National Park
Alpine National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape that includes traditional Country of the Taungurung and Gunaikurnai Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.
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. Run wild rapids on white-water rafting trips, four-wheel drive the secluded reaches of the park or cross-country ski through tangled snow gum forests.
Head out on the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing and hike over towering alpine ridgelines, through lush river valleys and unforgettable alpine scenery. Discover the history and heritage of the High Country as you tour through rugged bushland and unforgettable mountain scenery along the Wonnangatta Four-wheel Drive.
You can follow the sharp spine of The Razorback to Victoria’s second highest peak, Mount Feathertop and take in the stunning panoramas over the Great Dividing Range. Or conquer Victoria’s highest peak, Mt Bogong.
Find historic huts that legendary cattlemen called home scattered throughout the Bogong High Plains or get the adrenaline pumping on a white-water rafting trip down the Mitta Mitta River. The Alpine National Park boasts some of the best ski touring opportunities in Victoria – from well-defined downhill runs to remote cross-country skiing trails and backcountry terrain ready to be carved up.
See Victoria’s tallest waterfall, Dandongadale Falls, plunge 255 metres over a sheer cliff face and disappear into the Ross River below. Visit Paradise Falls, where a fine silver mist spills over a red conglomerate ledge or the quaint Little Falls nestled in a narrow fern-laden gully.
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.
The Mitta Mitta River carves its way through the heart of the Alpine National Park. Its lower reaches stretch from Lake Dartmouth to Anglers Rest where it splits into the Cobungra and Big Rivers. Among ample fishing, camping and four-wheel drive opportunities, the rich gold mining history of Omeo and Mount Wills Historic Area provides plenty of excitement.
The Alpine National Park and Howqua Hills Historic Area provide a unique and stunning backdrop for multi-day horse rides. Horse riding’s long association with the region started in the 1840s when European explorers and miners used horses in their search for gold and summer pastures.
This old gold mining area on the Howqua River is set in a beautiful, secluded valley, once busy with gold miners but now popular for picnics, bushwalking, four-wheel driving, and horse riding. Selected areas in the Howqua Hills Historic Area and some sections of the Alpine National Park have horse yards that can be reserved in advance.
Camping in the Alpine National Park
Within the Alpine National Park bookings and fees apply only to the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing. Dispersed camping is permitted throughout much of the park. There are some camping areas that include facilities such as pit toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces.
Need to know
Alpine National Park
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 TrackCobberas TrackMacFarlanes Flat Track
Little Cobbler Track closed until further noticeLittle Cobbler Track in Alpine National Park is closed until further notice due to bridge safety concerns.
Areas of Alpine National Park closed due to 2019/2020 firesSome tracks and areas in the Alpine National Park remain closed due to fire damage during the 2019/2020 bushfires. Please check the Fire affected parks page for a full list of closures.
Aerial shooting operation underway
Parts of the Alpine National Park (see attached maps) will be closed from Monday 1 March to Friday 5 March 2021.
This is to ensure safe implementation of an aerial shooting program targeting deer and feral pigs, to protect native species impacted by bushfires.
The Dinner Plain/ Dargo High Plains area will only be closed from 1 to 4 March 2021, re-opening 5 March 2021.
Attachments: Alpine-National-Park-access-maps (1,130KB)
Deer control (ground shooting) - Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains and surrounds)Parks Victoria will be continuing its deer control program on and around the Bogong High Plains from early-December 2020 to May 2021.The program will be carried out under strict conditions designed to ensure safe, effective, and humane practices are implemented. A suitably qualified and experienced contractor has been engaged to deliver the work.All personnel involved will be working under the supervision of Parks Victoria staff. They will be readily identifiable and will act in accordance with all legal requirements to ensure the safe use of firearms.All activities will comply with the requirements set out by the Department of Health and Human Services regarding hygiene and physical distancing to limit the spread of the coronavirus.If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.
Attachments: Deer Control Area - ANP Bogong High Plains and surrounds (419KB)
Howitt Road conditionsHowitt Road is currently recommended for All wheel Drive and Four Wheel Drive vehicles with sufficient clearance. Vehicles travelling on Howitt Road road require attention to variations of the surface along the length of road between Arbuckle Junction and Howitt Car park.
1st Beach (Marlo Coastal Reserve)
Temporary track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)These tracks are expected to remain closed for an extended period during 2021 while complex assessments are undertaken and options for repairs are evaluated. These tracks will remain closed for the summer and autumn/winter period of 2021. Parks Victoria will notify key stakeholders and update this information when the tracks are reopened.
Bungalow Spur Walk (Alpine National Park)
Carparking at Bungalow Spur Walking is now located at Tronah ReserveBUNGALOW SPUR CARPARK | Council has been working with the community, the Tronoh Reserve Committee of Management and Parks Victoria to facilitate suitable, safe parking for visitors to the popular Bungalow Spur Walking Track up Mount Feathertop.This week new signage will be visible to those visiting the walking track:- A series of permanent signs will designate the area immediately opposite the existing trailhead on Feathertop Track as a drop off zone only, designed for motorists to drop off and collect walkers and their equipment.
- A temporary Variable Message Sign will be installed to direct motorists to a new carparking area in the Tronoh Reserve and limit vehicular traffic on Feathertop Track.The scope of the Alpine Better Places Harrietville Detailed Concept Design project includes carparking and trailhead facilities in the Tronoh Reserve, and interested members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft concept designs during the next community consultation planned in early 2021.For further information, please contact Council on 5755 0555 or email@example.com.
Tours in the area
Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.
If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.
Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.