Australia has a region known as the high country or the Australian Alps, where some of Australia’s myths and traditions of Australian identity were born. This is the locale of Australia’s most famous man of the mountains – The Man from Snowy River, captured in the poem “The Man from Snowy River” and written by one of Australia’s most famous poets, Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson.
The Victorian Alps (Victorian Alpine Region) encompasses a region that includes Mount Bogong, Mount Beauty, Mount Buffalo, Mount Buller, Falls Creek, Dinner Plain, Mount Hotham, Tawonga and Tawonga South, to name just a few.
Combined, the Victorian Alps and Snowy Mountains region contain some of the highest section of Australia’s Great Dividing Range. The highest region in the Victorian Alps is Mount Bogong at 1,986 m, with Mount Kosciuszko at 2,228 m located in the south-western corner of New South Wales.
The Alpine Shire covers an area of over 4,800 square kilometres extending from the heights of the mountains, through snowfields and national parks, down to the river, farmlands and valleys. The three major townships are Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford, located in the two major river valleys of the Ovens and Kiewa Valleys. The Shire is also home to snowfield attractions and resorts of Mount Hotham, Falls Creek, Dinner Plain and Mount Buffalo. Other attractions in the region include the Alpine National Park, the Mount Buffalo National Park, the Bogong High Plains and the Buffalo River Valley.
The shire website has information for visitors including attractions, maps, festivals and events.
Victorian Alpine Region > Beechworth | Benalla | Chiltern | Corryong | Eildon | Falls Creek | Glenrowan | Harrietville | King Valley & Milawa | Kinglake | Lake Mountain | Mansfield | Mount Beauty | Mount Buffalo | Mount Buller | Mount Stirling | Mountain Creek | Rutherglen | Tallangatta | Yackandandah | Yea
Great Alpine Road > Alpine National Park | Bairnsdale | Bright | Dinner Plain | Harrietville | Lakes Entrance | Mount Hotham | Myrtleford | Omeo | Oxley | Porepunkah | Wangaratta ◦ Other regions: Victoria’s High Country | NSW Snowy Mountain Region
Other towns, villages and localities in the Great Alpine Road include: Bruthen • Ensay • Eurobin Falls • Everton • Ovens • Swifts Creek • Tarrawingee
More information coming…
Footnote & References
- Victoria’s High Country – Visitor Information Centres, https://www.victoriashighcountry.com.au/visitor-information-centres/
- Alpine Shire – the shire site has plenty of information for visitors including attractions, maps, festivals and events, https://www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au/
- Tourism and Events, Alpine Shire Council, https://www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au/community/tourism-and-events