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Alpine National Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
This is Victoria’s largest national park, containing 10 of the 11 highest mountains in the state.

The Alps occupy less than 1% of Australia, but they form the most important water catchment in eastern Australia. The Murray, Murrumbidgee and Snowy Rivers provide water for drinking, electric power and irrigation.

Recognizing the importance and vulnerability of the Alps, the New South Wales, Victorian, ACT and Federal governments have agreed to co-operate in managing the Australian Alps National Parks - Namadgi, Kosciuszko, Alpine and others. This co-operation was set up by a Memorandum of Understanding, signed in 1986.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Parks Victoria Information Centre
Ph: 13 19 63

Alpine National Park - Victorian Alps

The view from Danny’s Lookout, Alpine National Park.
The view from Danny’s Lookout, Alpine National Park.

The Australian Alps include the high peaks of Mount Bogong (1,986 m), Mount Cobberas (1,830 m), Mount Feathertop (1,922 m) and Mount Hotham (1,868 m). Many of the other mountains are, in fact, plateaux or flat eroded plains bounded by steep cliffs or escarpments.

The formation of the alps started more than 500 million years ago when Australia was joined to Antarctica, India, South America, Africa and New Zealand in the super-continent Gondwana. However, the shape of the mountains you see today were created only about 10,000 years ago.

Highland Plains
These old mountains, were once low land plains. As the earth moved upwards along large fault lines, the low lying plains became alpine plateaus... or highland plains. Rivers and streams, such as Mountain Creek, cut their way through the rock leaving steep valleys and gorges.

Highland Plants
Ferns thrive in the gullies, surrounded by tall forests of Alpine Ash, Peppermint and Blue Gum, that covered the lower slopes.

As you go up the mountain, these are replaced by Snow Gum woodlands, which in turn give way to alpine grasslands and heathlands at an altitude of about 1,600 metres. Here the snow stays longer and the average temperature is low - less than 10ºC.

Highland Animals
The high country is home to many creatures.

The Flame Robins migrate here each summer to breed, whilst Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos and Currawongs stay for much of the winter. The Mountain Pygmy Possum lives only in the alpine and sub-alpine regions. It hibernates through the winter, stirring occasionally to feed.

Highland People
For thousands of years, Aboriginal people came to the high plains each summer for the annual Bogong Moth harvest, with the associated ceremonies and trade. The protein rich moths were collected and roasted, that is said to taste a bit like roast chestnuts.

With the coming of Europeans, cattle were brought up to the high plains each summer, with cattlemen building small huts to protect themselves from the elements. Many of these huts still exist and are historically significant.

Highland Water
The water that flows down from the high plains and mountains, such as Mountain Creek which starts at the base of Mt Bogong, eventually flows to the sea. Whilst on-route it provides an important water supply for homes, farms, industry and the generation of electricity.

Source: Parks Victoria park signage and brochures.

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Alpine National Park - Victorian Alps - Other Attractions

Alpine Huts
There are some two hundred historic huts in the Australian Alps region, dating back to the 1860s, providing an historic insight into the European history of the region and epresenting part of the rich cultural heritage of the Alpine region.

These simple structures were built to provide shelter for the variety of people passing through, from graziers, foresters, gold miners, government workers, skiers and bush walkers. Even today, the huts have helped many people who found themselves in trouble.

Whilst on occasions, huts were destroyed such as in bush fires back in 1939 and more recently 2003, they are often rebuilt. A fine example is the Dr Forbes Hut, now known as Dr Forbes Hut No 3.

To find out more information, check out the following sites:
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Alpine National Park Maps

Some simplified maps are usually available from the national parks website.
Australian Automotive Motoring Associations
Bing Maps - Alpine National Park, VIC
Google Maps - Alpine National Park, Cobungra, Victoria
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