QUICK GUIDE TO THE AUSTRALIAN ALPS
The Australian Alps take in some of the most spectacular sights and locations Australia has to offer. The impressive Mount Kosciuszko, Namadgi National Park and the picturesque towns of the Great Alpine Road.
A few years back I was working in the Australian Alps, in a tiny hut about four hours from Jindabyne. I spend my weekends exploring the region, walking the trails in the national parks, drinking in country pubs, mountain biking, skiing, it was a paradise for an outdoors lover.
The longest downhill ski run in Australia is located at Thredbo. Perisher and Victoria also offer some great powder. If cross-country is more your thing, Falls Creek has some good cross country trails and activities for all the family.
For more mountain adventures, I would definitely recommend hiking to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in Australia. I did this over a day hike in the summer and the views from the top were breathtaking. You don’t need to be in awesome shape or anything. Most walkers will be able to manage it and the Biosphere reserve at the top boasts incredibly rare plants.
Tackling the Australian Alps Walking Track is on my bucket list. Starting in Walhalla, the 650-kilometre trail takes in Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. It finally finishes at Tharwa, near Canberra. Of course, there are plenty of fishing spots to take a well-earned rest at, including the Kosciuszko National Park, the Snowy River and the Murray River.
THE AUSTRALIAN ALPS FOR FOODIES
The Australian Alps is not just for fishos and outdoor folk, it is also a foodie paradise. The Victorian Alps features an amazing selection of gourmet food. There are some food and wine trails to take in. The 10km produce trail is a great bike ride and takes in some of the best wine regions in Australia. The region is also known for its cheese, chestnuts, chutneys and trout that should not be missed.
If you prefer four wheels to two, the Great Alpine Road winds its way across the mountains from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale. The route takes in spectacular views, cheese companies, wild horses, vineyards and breweries. The route itself should take around 5 hours but allow for plenty of time for stops to take in the views and gastronomic delights the region has to offer. If you are looking to stop off and do some fishing, the trout fishing at Lake Jindabyne is a must.
The northern section of the Australian Alps is a great place to see the mountainous sprawl meet the Australian bush. The wildlife and plant life in this area is particularly impressive. Kangaroos and wallabies populate the area. There are rocky outcrops to go climbing and abseiling on. The area has a rich aboriginal history. There are ceremonial stones thousands of years old and in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, you can visit a 21,000-year-old cave where bogong moths were harvested by aboriginal people.
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