Bushwalking Alpine National Park
Covering a vast 6460 square kilometres, this is Victoria’s largest national park and cradles the state’s highest mountains and dramatic alpine scenery, as well as the major downhill skiing resorts. The park has over 1100 species of plant – some found nowhere else – and some of the best bushwalking in the country. Bold, experienced walkers climb the 11 kilometres to the top of the 1922-metre Mount Feathertop in a strenuous day walk or overnight hike. The track starts just below Mount Hotham and has exposed walking on a narrow, rocky track, but spectacular 360-degree views from the summit.
Another taxing climb is to the top of Mount Bogong, which at 1986 metres is Victoria’s highest peak. Hikers set out on the Staircase Spur from Mountain Creek picnic area to ascend through peppermint gums and snow gums and onto the exposed treeless plateau. The 16-kilometre walk will take a full day. As with all hiking in the High Country, be prepared for all conditions at all times of the year.
The Australian Alps Walking Track (see New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory/ Hiking and bushwalking) passes through the park. Sections can be walked as overnight or day trips. However, there are countless other walks of all lengths, with pretty wildflowers and melting snows in spring and summer.
If you want to walk large sections of this park with a guide, while staying in luxury accommodation, try the eco-accredited Hedonistic Hiking, which has multi-day walks focusing on history and gourmet food.
There are multiple camping areas scattered throughout the park – the Wellington River Valley is particularly popular.
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