Victorian Alps Holidays Guide
The High Plains of north-eastern Victoria are an easy three hour drive from Melbourne and contain the Australian Alps National Park, which is covered in snow from late May to November. Visitors flock to the area's resort towns of Mount Hotham, Mount Buller and Falls Creek for skiing, snowboarding and other wintry fun. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, you'll find Victoria's ski-fields an absolute delight. The fun doesn't stop in winter though, with a great range of off-season activities including horse-riding, bush-walking and winery tours. Whatever season you visit, you'll be blown away by the breathtaking scenery of the region. In winter the alpine villages are crowned in pristine white, while in summer the alpine meadows are cloaked in wild-flowers. In autumn see the spectacular change of colours in the town of Bright and while you are there indulge in some delectable gourmet produce.
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The villages of Beechworth and Milawa are renowned for their innovative cuisine prepared by world-class chefs. There are eight distinct wine growing areas in the region, all offering family-owned cellar doors and a friendly welcome. You'll discover all of these delights and more on the 230km (128mile) Bogong Alpine Way drive, which loops through the towns of Bright, Falls Creek, Mount Beauty and over Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain. Or if you prefer to explore on foot, try all or part of the Great Alpine Walk, an inn-to-inn walking track which can be completed independently or via guided tour.
Horseback riding is a popular activity, with day and multi-day tours available. You'll explore trails blazed by mountain pioneers and made famous by the epic Australian poem, 'The Man From Snowy River'. For wildlife spotting, try the Eurobin Creek area where you may see wallabies, kangaroos, possums, bats and wombats. During summer, park rangers run free guided spotlighting tours – a great family activity.
The Victorian Alps has an alpine climate. Pack appropriate clothing even in summer because temperatures can drop suddenly and it is not unknown to see snow even in the middle of the summer! There are a number of local events throughout the year, including the High Country Festival and Spring Arts held in Mansfield in late October , and the Bright Autumn Festival in May.
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Accommodation in the region is excellent. You'll find 3 – 5 star hotels, alpine lodges and self-contained apartments in the main alpine villages of Bright, Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and Mount Buller. Outside the main villages you'll find a friendly welcome from family-run B&Bs, comfortable caravan parks and even farm-stays. The following Victorian Alps hotels provide some of the best deals for a holiday in Victoria – please search below for availability and get the very best room rates sourced from over 100 local and online booking agents: