Victoria’s largest National Park is a place to experience the great Australian outdoors in all its magnificent guises…

Mountain peaks covered in snow during Winter become in Spring, Summer and Autumn amazing places to hike and trek and camp, watch birds, explore history, cycle down, fly over, tour around, swim and fish in and observe unique flora and fauna.

Bright and its nearby villages are the best places in the State to discover the north eastern sections of the Alpine National Park, including Mount Hotham, Mount Feathertop and Mount Bogong. A number of Parks Victoria-approved tour operators guide bushwalks, horse rides, birdwatching, canoe and cycling treks year-round. Go to parks.vic.gov.au for details.

An easy 35km drive from Bright, the 31,000 hectare National Park is a fantastic all season destination.

In winter it’s a great place to take the family for a fun day’s tobogganing or cross country skiing. Any other time of the year it is a nature lover’s paradise, offering more than 90km of walking tracks, waterfalls, beautiful wildflowers, forests of snow gums, mossy plains, abundant wildlife, picnic places and superb bush camping.

For those inclined to adventure, Mount Buffalo is equally well endowed with cliffs from which to sail forth in a hang glider, sheer rocky faces to abseil down and steep downhill grades for thrill-seekers on two wheels. Guided caving is also available!

Bright Riverside Holiday Park Mount Buffalo Video

Escape the city to Mount Hotham for fresh mountain air, perfect outdoor adventures, and 360-degree alpine views. Whether you’re cutting up the slopes in the wintertime or crisscrossing the mountain on a bike in the summer sun, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, inspired and on the move.

Winter

Get set for action on skis, snowboards, toboggans and sleds at Australia’s ‘powder capital’, which regularly posts Victoria’s highest annual snowfall. Explore more than 320 hectares of snow fields, complete with downhill runs, cross country trails, jumps and terrain parks, not to mention ski-in, ski-out accommodation and 13 lifts to get you up the mountain. After a new challenge? Experienced skiers can explore Hotham’s backcountry terrain on guided tours.

Après adventure

Satisfy your alpine appetite with an après ski aperitif and tasty meal at one of the mountain’s restaurants or at Ramada Resort’s Element in luxurious Dinner Plain, which also offers a supermarket and a range of accommodation options. Set out for a romantic picnic lunch on the slopes and watch the sun go down over the mountain.

Summer

Bask in short sleeves at Mount Hotham with average summer temperatures of 25 degrees. Walk along cross-country ski trails, trek to Falls Creek, or take the iconic Mount Feathertop Razorback Walk along the crest of the razorback from Mount Hotham to Federation Hut.

Saddle up for horse riding and cast a line into some of Victoria’s best trout fishing waterways. Mountain bike along scenic downhill trails and coast back up on the chairlift, which operates over Christmas/New Year and again over Easter. Rock the mountain in January at the Cool Summer Festival, the highest independent music festival in the nation.

Falls Creek is the premier all-season alpine resort in North-East Victoria. Known for its vibrant ski-in-ski out village and the largest ski field in the region during the winter season, and hosting a world class mountain bike park and outdoor mecca during the summer, Falls Creek has something for everyone.

Mount Feathertop via The Razorback follows an exposed ridgeline, linking the popular Mount Hotham Alpine Resort to the top of Victoria’s second highest peak. Although it falls 64-metres short of Mount Bogong’s record, it is arguably Victoria’s most spectacular peak. Through spring and summer, the slopes and alpine plains are carpeted in a sea of wildflowers. Among masses of alpine daisies, Billy Buttons poke through the vestiges of the remaining snow drifts.

Make your way to Dinner Plain and nestle in among the snowgums on the high plains of the High Country, enjoying snowy adventures in the wintertime and outdoor fun in the warmer months.

Winter

Ski around Dinner Plain’s meandering cross-country trails and gentle downhill slope with beginners’ poma lift. Snowshoe around the village, toboggan with the little ‘uns and make their day with a dog sled tour across the mountain. Take a ski lesson to get the basics down and then hire your gear and make your way to Mount Hotham ski resort, just 10 kilometres away.

Spring and summer

When the snow melts and the ski resorts all but close, you’ll discover this alpine village in full working order. Summer in the High Country brings a whole new range of inspiring activities. Discover the local cattlemen history on a horseback riding adventure through the Alpine National Park. Try a game of high altitude tennis, grab a map and walk from village to village, or challenge yourself on the 10-kilometre trail from Mount Hotham.