Victoria High Country
ALPINE NATIONAL PARK
260 km east of Melbourne 5km NE of Licola, 15km north and west of Dargo
Best accessed from Licola via the Tamboritha Road, from High Plains Road via Dargo or from Crooked River Road via Waterford. This is Victorias largest national park - more than 646,000 hectares of some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Australia, including mountain peaks, high plains, waterfalls, gorges and more than 1,100 native plant species. Many scenic walks and drives are available. One of the Parks most impressive features is Bryces Gorge, which is reached via a 7.5 km excellent family walking trail, providing good views of the gorge and also of two waterfalls along the route.
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MT BAW BAW
Access via Noojee
Mt Baw Baw is the closest alpine ski resort to Melbourne. Accommodation lodges, ski and toboggan hire, as well as a ski school, operate during winter. Cross country skiing and snow play are available at neigbouring Mt Saint Gwinear during the snow season. However, the Baw Baw National Parks blend of high country scenery, the Thomson and Aberfeldy river valleys, colourful wildflowers and walking trails provide visitors with a reason to visit all year round,
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High Country Adventure Trail
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The peace of GippsIands High Country was broken during the early 1860s with the discovery of gold.
The rush was short lived, but the legacy remains in the historic gold districts of the region and along Angus MacMillans 1864 track, created to link the scattered mining settlements.
Walhalla is GippsIands most evocative town, where the visitor can relive the era through exploration of many original and some recreated buildings. The Long Tunnel Mine operates regular tours and the delightful Walhalla Goldfields Railway operates on Its scenic course every, weekend and holiday.
The former gold towns of Grant , Talbotville, Winchester, Bulltown and Howittville are now only paddocks with remains of chimneys and footings evident.
The hills are dotted with cemeteries and unmarked graves as well as numerous mine shafts and ruins of equipment.
Most can be reached by 2WD vehicles. Just ask a local for directions. Watch for holes and disused mine shafts when walking in these areas.
The first grazing lease for cattle on the Dargo High Plains was issued in 1904. The Treasure family arrived in 1878 and still graze the high plains during summer. The activity has changed little In 130 years and John and Ben Treasure now offer visitors a chance to experience it through their High Plains Droving Tours.
If possible, take your time to wander this route, or promise yourself to return soon
to discover all that it has to offer.
BushwalkingThe real beauty and atmosphere of the Victorian alps is best appreciated on foot. Short walks of several hours to multi day, trips which take In the highest peaks are available throughout the High Country, but are especialy popular on the Baw Baw Plateau,Snowy Plains, Howitt Plains, and in the Dargo area. Cattlemens huts and former gold sites add further interest to some of the trails.
Recommended day walks in Baw Baw National Park include Beech Gully Nature Walk or Mushrooms Rocks and in the Alpine National Park include Bryces Gorge or Mt Howitt .
Popular overnight walks include Lake Tali Karng and Moroka Gorge.
Long distance walkers are amply catered for.
The splendour of the Australian Alps Walking Track begins at Walhalla and passes through Baw National Park and the Alpine National Park before extending into NSW and the ACT.
You can walk short sections of it or undertake multi day trips. MacMillans Track was cut by explorer Angtus MacMillan between Woods Point and Omeo in 1864 to provide access to the gold mining sites. It is being progressively reopened.
Unlimited bush camp sites are available along the Wellington River in the Alpine National Park or on the Barkly River in State Forests north of Licola.
Camping along the Wellington River.
Crossing the Wonnagatta River, Alpine National Park.
Tag-along 4WD tours are popular in Gippslands High Country.
Four Wheel Drive Touring
Made famous through the movie "The Man From Snowy River", the spectacular alpine high countrv of Eastern Victoria must be one of the best regions in the world for 4WD touring.
Ranging from alpine ash forests to open, grassy, high plains where the mountain cattlemen graze their stock in the summer months, the rugged beauty of this region is awe inspiring.
There are remote valleys with crystal clear streams and river-flats ideal for camping, many of which are only, accessible by tough 4WD trails.
There is often a surprise just around corner. It may be a fallen tree a creek crossing , a super view, a goanna crossing the track another stuck on a steep hill or a beautiful campsite to explore.
Much of the area is protected in the Alpine National Park and in winter many tracks are inaccessable due to snow and seasonal track closures.
This quaint agricultural town only 15 minutes from thePrinces Highway specialises in the production of honey and fruit growing.
Blue Pools at Briagolong
Only 75 minutes north of Sale on sealed roads. It nestles in the foothills before the climb to the legendary Dargo High Plains in a charming river valley filled with century old walnut trees.
A Walnut Festival is held every, Easter.
Known principally, for timber milling, the remnants of the heady gold era can be found in the nearby district.
Many mountain cattlemen have homes in the stock. breeding and agricultural district.
Cattle droving tours of the High Plains are available and various roads from the town provide ready access for 4WD touring, including the famous Wonnangatta Station.
Contact the Visitor Information Centre for details of organised tours for gold prospecting, 4WD and white water rafting in the area.
Other activities available include horse riding, cross country skiing, bushwalking, trout fishing (closed season applies) and mountain bike riding (Including the annual Dargo Hoot" in December).
All forms of accommodation are provided in the town. while camping spots with facilities can be found nearby.
Petrol and dining facilities are also available. Camping facilities and petrol are also available at nearby Waterford.
Known as the Gateway to the Mountain River Region Ericas history. is steeped in the hardship of timber milling.
Although only one Mill still operates, the community is proudly showcases its heritage at the Bushmans Display located within the hotel/motel.
Erica was the highest point on the Moe to Walhalla railway, of which a section of the line now forms the Erica toThomson Rail Trail for walking, cycling and horse riding.
All forms of accommodation as well as dining and petrol are available
Thompson River near Erica
This town grew-up as a stopping place for diggers on their way to the gold fields.
Located in the scenic Macalister River Valley, just below the junction of the Macalister and Wellington Rivers. Licola is a former timber town, from where early cattlemen drove their herds up into the northern plains and mountains for summer.
Nestled on the high reaches of the Latrobe River, Noojee is very picturesque with its backdrop of river and wild native forest.
Toorongo Falls near Noojee
This mountain town was the site for workers on the nearby Thomson Dam, the largest earth and rock fill dam in the Southern Hemisphere and is a popular base from which to explore the trails around Mt. St.Gwinear.
Cross country skiing in Baw Baw National Park
Whenever you look to the north in GippsIand, hazy blue peaks form a magnificent backdrop.
Late afternoon light in the High Country
Alpine National Park
This is the largest and grandest of Victorias national parks. It links with Kosciusko National Park in NSW and Namadgi NP in ACT to form a chain of alpine and sub alpine reserves of great significance.
Baw Baw National Park
From the Snow Gum woodlands and snow grass plains of the Baw Baw Plateau to the forests of the Thomson and Aberfeldy River valleys, Baw Baw National Park dominates the northern skyline of West GippsIand.
Snow camping on the high plain
Mt. Hedrick Scenic Reserve
The dry. open forests of this reserve are dissected by the Avon River. They display a great diversity of wildflowers and its variable landform contains gorges, rocky escarpments and sew several high peaks.
Bushwalking, Australian Alps Walking Track