Take in a deep breath of fresh mountain air in Victoria’s beautiful and dramatic High Country.
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The Victorian High Country is a breathtaking and varied region that forms the southern part of Australia’s Great Dividing Range. Known also as Victoria’s High Country, this mountain range is full of peaks, escarpments and grassy high plains, as well as fascinating townships and historic sites. The High Country contains 10 of the state’s eleven highest mountains, and boasts impressively diverse vegetation from wildflowers through to snowpatch communities.
Bushwalking, skiing, canoeing, cycling, horse riding, 4WDing…the list of outdoor adventures you can have in the High Country is virtually endless. Visit the state’s famous High resorts, including Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek, or get off the beaten track and explore some of the lesser known but equally impressive mountains.
The region has a lot more to offer than just an adrenaline hit, and foodies are sure to enjoy exploring numerous local wineries and high quality restaurants. Towns such as Mansfield, Dinner Plain, Bright and Beechworth are well worth a tour, as each boasts its own distinct character and things to do. Fishing is also a popular past time in these rich mountain streams, while history buffs will enjoy visiting some of the numerous huts and hut ruins that are scattered throughout the mountains.
Reserved for only serious hikers, the Falls to Hotham High Crossing is a three day/two night walk that traverses the High National Park and links the resort villages of Falls Creek and Mt Hotham. The 37km trail winds along High ridges through woodlands and grassy plains, and provides spectacular views of this rocky region. The trail contains two camping grounds, Cope Hut Campsite and Dibbins Hut Campsite, which allow for weary walkers to relax and refresh after a hard days hiking.
While the downhill slopes of the regions ski resorts are fun, those looking for something a little bit different will relish the fine cross country skiing areas of the Victorian Alps. Mt Bogong, The Razorback, Mt Feathertop, the Bluff and the Dargo High Plains are some of the areas offering seriously challenging tracks, while those newer to the sport can tackle a range of cross country trails at Mt Buller and Mt Stirling.
The Victorian Alps are spread across much of the state’s east, with the heart of the region lying about 250km from Melbourne.
Depending on your destination, the High Country can be accessed via the Hume Freeway, the Great High Road and the Maroondah Highway.
Come sun or snow, the High Region is a fantastic place to explore. The summer months are ideal for bushwalking, while skiers and snowboarders will enjoy hitting the slopes in winter.
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