The Great Alpine Road
Leg 2: Bright to Omeo
110 km/68 miles, about 2 hours
The second leg of the Great Alpine Road gives the route its name, travelling from leafy Bright into the High Country's breathtaking alpine area and onwards to the historic Gippsland town of Omeo.
Upwards to the Alps
Drag yourself away from the cafes and colours of Bright to ascend along the Great Alpine Road through charming Harrietville to the alpine resort of Mount Hotham. The landscape changes from alpine ash to snow gum forest and heathland as you climb.
Mount Hotham, Victoria's highest alpine village, offers 245 hectares of ski area, including a wide selection of downhill and cross-country trails for beginners as well as experienced skiers and snowboarders.
Take advantage of mild summer temperatures on Mount Hotham by trekking along fields of wildflowers, or horse riding and fishing. Take in the spectacular views from Danny's Lookout to the summit of Mount Feathertop, over the Alpine National Park and as far as Falls Creek and Mount Buffalo on a clear day. You can then follow the Razorback Trail, which takes you out along the exposed ridge, to the summit of Mount Feathertop, the second-highest mountain in the state.
Nestle in among the snowgums and the spring wildflowers in architecturally sensitive spaces in Dinner Plain, just 10 kilometres south of Mount Hotham. Dinner Plain is a popular centre for horseback trail rides, with local tour operators offering year-round treks through the High Country, as well as cross-country skiing in winter.
What goes up must come down
After conquering the alpine areas it's time to descend to the old gold town of Omeo as the landscape changes from alpine beauty to lush grazing fields. With vistas out over the Snowy Mountains and once the site of one of Victoria's richest goldfields, Omeo will quickly make an impression.
Great Alpine Discovery Drive
An alternative route turns off the main route at Bright and follows the C536 to Tawonga Gap, the C531 to Mt Beauty, Bogong, Falls Creek and across the Bogong High Plains. Then join the C543 to Anglers Rest and Omeo. This road (closed in winter) takes you past historic cattlemen's huts and breathtaking views across the High Country, before connecting with the Omeo Highway to wind past the notable Blue Duck Inn at Anglers Rest and descend into Omeo.
Bogong Alpine Way
To see scenery like nothing else, veer off onto the 230-kilometre Bogong Alpine Way, on the Bogong High Plains Road which loops through Bright, Mount Beauty, Bogong, Falls Creek and over Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham and back to Bright.