Alps in Victoria

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Mt Stirling, Victoria.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Mt Stirling, Victoria
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Snowgums, Mt Stirling.
Image: Melinder Iser
Source: Museum Victoria

Summer in the Victorian Alps.
Image: Peter Walton
Source: Parks Victoria

Ancient mountain-top islands
Change each year from snowy worlds to colourful summer places.
Animals which live here have special tricks for surviving these extremes,
the Mountain Pygmy Possum hibernates beneath the snow

The Victorian Alps extend from the plateaus of Lake Mountain and Mt Baw Baw to peaks such as Mt Feathertop and the headwaters of the Murray River. A rich mosaic of heathland, grassland and alpine bog communities grow above the tree line. Snowgum woodlands grow at slightly lower altitudes. Many species and ecological communities are found only in the alps. Some are at risk of extinction, such as the Baw Baw Frog, Alpine Water Skink, Mountain Pygmy-possum and Stirling Stonefly. The Victorian Alps remain largely intact and protected in National Parks, but climate change is a threat to species that can survive only in alpine habitats.

Alps IN VICTORIA

Alps Map
Remaining area
Remaining area
Lost since 1750
Lost since 1750

Base map courtesy of the Department of Sustainability and Environment

REGIONAL ANIMALS

Animals from the Victorian Alps

Bogong MothBaw Baw FrogGang-gang CockatooMountain Pygmy-possum

Related Resources

MV Resources

Photograph of a yellow plastic Tyranasaurus Rex