Great Dividing Range

The Great Dividing Range starts north east of Melbourne and heads east to the New South Wales border. The pretty alpine country offers a wide variety of activites from bushwalking and fishing, to rock climbing and skiing. Whatever time of year it is you should make sure you have a variety of supplies as temperatures can quickly change.

Just north east of Melbourne is Lake Eildon National Park and the pretty town of Eildon. There are plenty of water activites you can take part in on the lake, which is the parks main attraction.

You can also get to Mt Buller from here, just south of Mansfield. Mt Buller is also home to Victorias largest skiing resort, Mt Buller Alpine Village. The village offers a selection of skiing slopes for all levels, as well as cross country skiing. You can get to Mt Buller on the V/Line buses which run to Mansfield from where you can take the Mansfield-Mt Buller Buslines to Mt Buller.

East of Mt Buller is the Alpine National Park which is in the heart of this alpine region, offering spectacular scenery. The Great Alpine Road leads through the Alpine National Park passing many of the skiing resorts and small towns along the way. To the south is Omeo which has a host of historic buildings worth wandering around. Several buildings include the Courthouse, Log Gaol and the State School. For those looking for adventure and excitement book one of the many activities in the area.

From Omeo you can continue along the Great Alpine Road or head along the Omeo Highway. Along the Omeo Highway you will reach Anglers Rest from where you can continue towards Glen Valley or turn off along the route onto the Kiewa Valley Highway. If you turn off you will pass Falls Creek before reaching Mt Beauty. Mt Beauty is a great place to stay if you want easy access to the Falls Creek Ski Resort, but don't want to stay in teh resort itself, as skiing equipment can be hired from town.

Continuing from Omeo along the Great Alpine Road you pass Dinner Plain before reaching Mt Hotham. Dinner Plain is a good base for the Mt Hotham Skiing Resort, and popular for hikking and horse riding. Continuing north the next town you reach is Harrietville, another great base for Mt Hotham and situated just south of Bright, which offers plenty of outdoor activites. Further north along the Great Alpine Road, you pass the Mt Buffalo National Park before you reach the pretty town of Myrtleford so called the 'Gateway to the Alps'.

From Myrtleford you can head north to both Beechworth and Yackandandah, which used to be an old gold mining town and features the Kars Reef Goldmine Tour as well as some spectacular Victorian buildings.

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