Alpine National Park
Image: The Alpine National Park, which forms part of Bidawal, Dhudhuroa, Gunaikurnai, Jaithmathang, Taungurong and Nindi-Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero Traditional Country. Photographer: Steven Wright.
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Australia’s alpine environments are a very rare landscape in the driest continent on earth.
The alpine and sub-alpine zones collectively account for less than 0.3% of Australia’s total land area.
The impacts of changing climate are seen in Australian alpine environments as species and ecological communities adapted to very cold conditions change in response to warming temperatures, earlier snow melts and reduced rainfall.
The Alpine National Park stretches from central Gippsland all the way to the New South Wales border where it adjoins Kosciuszko National Park. Within the park are some of Australia’s most unique alpine landscapes, including mountain peaks, alpine wetlands and winter snow plains. While many areas of Victoria’s alpine national parks are remote, other places are readily accessible and popular with visitors. The Victorian alps have been well studied by research scientists for many decades. An abundance of scientific knowledge now assists managers to better understand the biodiversity of the region and the changes occuring.
A vast area, the Alpine National Park forms part of Bidawal, Dhudhuroa, Gunaikurnai, Jaithmathang, Taungurong and Nindi-Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero Traditional Country. Mount Buffalo, Baw Baw, and the Snowy River national parks are also within these traditional owner territories. These parks also include rare alpine and sub-alpine zones.
Curation notes by: Parks Victoria with Lucinda Horrocks, Wind & Sky Productions.