Parks Victoria manages a diverse network of parks that are home to over 4,300 native plant species and 948 native animal species. These parks include some of Victoria’s largest and most undisturbed ecosystems – landscapes like the Alps, the mallee, grasslands and inland waters and wetlands. It covers Victoria’s marine national parks and sanctuaries that protect a wide array of marine life.
While the ski resort of Falls Creek lies outside the Alpine National Park, it is the perfect launch pad for those wanting to experience some of the best back-country skiing in Victoria, the thrill of mountain biking, hikes through wildflower-littered landscapes and unforgettable alpine vistas.
Don’t be put off by the myth that mountain biking is only for the daring. Falls Creek has over 40km of world-class gravity trails nestled high on the alpine plains. Accessible to the newest of mountain-bikers, pick from easy cruises to fun-flowing descents and all-mountain trails. Swap the mountain bike for a sturdy road bike and pedal through the stunning Tawonga Gap and to towering heights on the climb to the peaks of Mount Beauty or Falls Creek.
Be both challenged and rewarded over the three-day Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing. The 37km trail treks over high alpine ridgelines and plains, through river valleys, wetlands thriving with birdlife and panorama-prone landscapes. Sleep out under the stars and discover the remnants of the regions rich cattleman history.
Conquer Victoria’s highest peak, Mount Bogong. Standing 1,986m tall, the long journey to the top tests even the most experienced of hikers. Climb through tall Peppermint and stunted Snow Gum forest before emerging on top of the world. Take in the uninterrupted views across the Alps, before descending back to base.