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Victorian Alps and High Country

(AKA The Alps or High Plains) , Victoria, Australia


The Victorian Alps, an extensive mountain range that forms the southern part of the Australian Alps located in the Australian state of Victoria, is part of the Great Dividing Range and an administrative sub-region bordering the Gippsland and Hume regions.

Comprising the Bogong High Plains, Bowen Range, Cathedral Range, Cobberas Range, and numerous other smaller ranges, the Victorian Alps include the Alpine Shire, parts of the East Gippsland Shire, and parts of the Mansfield Shire local government areas. The alps are sometimes called the High Plains or High Country or just The Alps.

The highest peak in the range is Mount Bogong at an elevation of 1,986 metres (6,516 ft), which is also the highest peak in Victoria.

Mount Buffalo is a mountain plateau in Victoria (Australia), 200 km northeast of Melbourne. It is one of the oldest parks in the Australian Alps, being first established in 1898 when 1165 ha was reserved around Eurobin Falls. In 1908 it was expanded and the park now covers the plateau and foothills of Mount Buffalo.

Mount Buffalo is a moderately tall mountain plateau on the west side of the Victoria Alpine region. The top of the mountain has striking granite boulders and rock formations. From the north, the mountain is quite remarkable, with the highest accessible point being a prominent peak called The Horn.

The Horn is the most prominent peak on the Mount Buffalo plateau. The Horn has an elevation of 1,723 metres (5,653 ft). The top of the mountain has striking granite boulders and rock formations and from the north the mountain is quite remarkable. A walking track leads to The Horn and visitors can enjoy a 360 degree view from the top.

The Cathedral is a large granite outcrop located on the high but flat plateau atop Mount Buffalo. The Cathedral is a very popular place for rock climbing.

Mount Buffalo National Park is an all-seasons park that has sheer cliffs, imposing granite tors, tumbling waterfalls, snow gums and stunning wildflowers. It contains vegetation and fauna adapted to extremes of weather, as a result of its sub-alpine location.

Mount Buffalo National Park is approximately a four-hour trip from Melbourne. Take the Hume Highway towards Wangaratta. Turn off at the Snow Road (Great Alpine Road no. B500), which is 11 kilometres past the two BP service stations on either side of the highway, just outside Glenrowan. Follow the Great Alpine Road to Porepunkah where you will come to a large roundabout. At the roundabout turn right to Mount Buffalo Resort. Chains must be carried during the declared snow season.