The area around Falls Creek is a nature-lover's paradise.
The Australian Alps Walking Track (655 km) crosses the Bogong High Plains Rd about 10 km south of Falls Creek. Or traverse the Bogong High Plains from Mt Beauty by car - a route which climbs through thick forests of alpine ash and snow gums to the rolling country of the High Plains, before it descends towards the historic township of Omeo. For some of the best views of the High Country take a detour along the road near the Rocky Valley Dam up to Mt McKay. At 1849m above sea level, it is the highest spot in Australia accessible by road. There are many shorter walks in the area which start from different locations. The destinations include Mt Nelse (9 km return), Wallace's Hut (1.5 km return), Cope Hut (1 km return), the Wallace/Cope Hut circuit walk (6 km return), the Wallace Hut/Langfords Gap Circuit (8 km return), Mount Cope (1.5 hours return), Ruined Castle (6 km return), Fitzgerald and Kelly Huts (11 km return), Tawonga Huts, Howmans Gap, and Roper's Lookout (5 km return) which offers excellent views over the Falls Creek village. The Bogong Plains area is a sea of natural colour in the warmer months. You are able to visit old cattle drovers' huts and relive the history of the men who drove their livestock around the region. The rivers, reservoirs and pondage provide excellent fishing, boating and other water sports.
ALPINE NATIONAL PARK
Covering 646,000ha, the Alpine National Park is the largest park in the state. Linking with national parks in NSW and the ACT, this protected area covers almost all of Australia's alpine environment. The snowfields are the primary winter attraction, with the warmer months revealing stunning wildflower displays. The park supports a large diversity of animals including a number of threatened species such as the Swainson’s Antechinus, broad-toothed rat, and the mountain pygmy possum. The Park also contains more than 1,100 native plant species, 12 of which, including the bogong daisy-bush and silky daisy are found nowhere else in the world. Snow gums are the most predominant species, and mature alpine ash forests are common. In higher exposed areas the vegetation consists of extensive heathlands, alpine herbfields and grasslands, mossbeds and snowpatch communities.
The High Country lies at the heart of the biggest recreational horse riding area in Australia, and has plenty to offer both the novice and experienced rider. Take in some of Australia's most beautiful alpine scenery - ride with one of the legendary mountain horsemen like Bruce McCormack or Charlie Lovick during a summer muster, visit rustic cattlemen huts on the Bogong High Plains or ride through The Man from Snowy River country around Corryong. Choose from a range of guided options, from pleasant rides of a couple of hours along quiet bushland trails to three or four-day packhorse tour of eventful days and relaxing evenings spent around the campfire. Tour operators provide horses, equipment and basic tuition suited to your experience and abilities. All operators are licensed and committed to maintaining high safety standards, and experienced and fully trained staff lead and supervise all trail rides.
Mountain bike excursions are an excellent way to explore beyond the alpine villages, into the heart of the high country. During peak holiday times in summer and over Easter, chairlifts are also available to lift mountain bikers at Falls Creek. Another area with an excellent reputation for mountain biking is Mount Beauty and the Bogong High Plains. Enjoy a more sedate family bike ride along the gentle Aquaduct trail. Located above the Falls Creek Village and runs from Wishing Well to the Rocky Valley Dam and even beyond if you are more adventurous.
ABSEILING & ROPE CLIMBING
Falls Creek has good beginner abseiling and some limited top rope climbing at Strawberry Saddle. There is also an abseil site below the Howmans Gap Alpine Centre. Nearby, at Mount Buffalo, the sheer granite face of The Gorge at Mount Buffalo provides a spectacular platform for rock climbing and abseiling. The views are excellent and access is easy as you can drive to most areas. Experience some of the best granite climbing in Australia with free and aid climbing areas and climbs available to suit everyone from the beginner to the most advanced adventurer at various sites on the Mount Buffalo plateau. The Mount Buffalo Gorge has excellent single and multi-pitch climbing and the North Wall boasts world-class aid climbs. Abseiling sites are easily accessed at The Gorge, as well as other locations on the mountain.
Please ensure that you take a precautionary approach, as walking in the area is prone to extremes of weather.