Experience the Alps
Travelling through three vast National Parks, spanning Victoria (Alpine National Park and Snowy River National Park), New South Wales (Kosciuszko National Park) and the Australian Capital Territory (Namadgi National Park), the visitor can experience a range of mountain environments, from tall, wet, fern-filled forests to open expanses of alpine meadows, dotted in summer and autumn with colourful wildflowers.
Baw Baw, Rawson and Walhalla - mountain rivers and valleys of gold
Around Mt Baw Baw, Walhalla to Erica (Victoria), including Baw Baw National Park, Lake Thompson and the start of the Australian Alps Walking track in Walhalla.
3 hr drive from Melbourne via Princes Freeway.
Mt Buller and Mansfield - dramatic mountains, heritage and gourmet food
Around Mt Buller, Mansfield to the Alpine National Park (Victoria), including Howqua (hills, inlet) and the western edge of the Alpine National Park and Howitt Plains.
2.5 hr drive from north-east Melbourne along the Maroondah Highway or Hume Freeway.
Bogong and alpine valleys - gourmet food and wine, stunning mountain valleys
Around Bogong, Wangaratta to the Omeo valley (Victoria), including the northern part of the Alpine National Park and Mt Buffalo National Park - alpine ski resorts and beautiful valleys, with towns such as Mt Beauty, Falls Creek, Bright, Myrtleford and Beechworth.
3.5 hr drive from Melbourne via Wangaratta, or 5 hr drive via Bairnsdale and Omeo.
Kosciuszko and Jindabyne - the rooftop of Australia
Around the Main Range and Kosciuszko, Jindabyne to Khancoban (New South Wales), including the central section of Kosciuszko National Park - ski resorts, the Main Range (including Mt Kosciuszko), and the Alpine Way.
2.5 hr drive from Canberra via Monaro Highway.
Yarrangobilly and Tumut - Indigenous culture
Around Kiandra, Khancoban to Adaminaby (New South Wales), including the northern section of Kosciuszko National Park - reservoirs (Eucumbene, Tantangara, Talbingo, Blowering), power stations, Tumut, Kiandra, Yarrangobilly and Cabramurra.
2.5 hr drive from Canberra via Gundagai.
Canberra and Namadgi - northern gateway to the Alps
Around southern ACT, Canberra to Namadgi (Australian Capital Territory), including Namadgi National Park, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and numerous other nature reserves throughout the Territory.
3.5 hr drive from Sydney via the Hume Highway, or 8 hr drive from Melbourne via the Hume Freeway.
Visit Australian Alps Adventures for more ideas on what to do and see in the Alps.