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.
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,
High Country Adventure Trail
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.
The 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.
Other popular camping areas are located along Freestone Creek, north of Briagolong or on many of the mountain streams north of Dargo.
For even more privacy, seek out smaller campsites at places like Thomastown and Shaws Creek in the Alpine N.P. and at Aberfeldy River in Baw Baw N.P.
For those seeking more comfort, numerous private caravan and camping parks in the area are located in natural areas, many with beautiful river frontages.
School camps located near Licola and Lake Glenmaggie cater for larger groups.