Alpine Way

Alpine Way, an ideal road trip in Australia

The Alpine Way is a very scenic drive in New South Wales, Australia, offering great views to the south and into the high country of the Victorian Alps.

Is the Alpine Way sealed?

Often referred to as the Kosciuszko Alpine Way, the road is 126 km (78 mi) long. It’s mostly paved (except for a few very short sections) and climbs up to the crest of the Great Dividing Range at Dead Horse Gap at an altitude of 1.580m (5,180ft) above the sea level. See towering Alpine Ash trees at Clews Ridge and take in an unforgettable view of Mount Kosciuszko at Scammel’s Spur lookout. Spot wild horses at Dead Horse Gap and pass through the pretty alpine resort of Thredbo. Finish on the shores of Lake Jindabyne, where you can go yachting, boating and trout fishing. Rockfalls can happen after rain.

Is the Alpine way open?

The road opened in 1950’s and was paved in the 1990’s, and winds its way across the back of rugged mountain ranges offering panoramic views as far as the eye can see. The route is constructed on an old cattle route that stockmen used for decades to drive cattle from Corryong in Victoria and Jindabyne in New South Wales to the lush grazing lands of the Snowy Mountains high country.  It is required that all two-wheel drive vehicles carry snow chains between Thredbo and Tom Groggin between June and October long weekends. It is also quite possible that snow chains may be needed to drive safely along other (preferably more dangerous) parts of Alpine Way. Today the road remains and much money is devoted every year to maintaining the road from its harsh environment in order to allow Australian tourists a chance to access the spectacular Snowy Mountains high country.

Is the Alpine way suitable for caravans?

The road includes some narrow sections and some steep gradients between Khancoban and Thredbo. This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. Make sure you leave enough time to make plenty of stops along the way. The road connects Jindabyne in the east to the New South Wales / Victorian border in the west. It is not recommended for trucks, buses and vehicles towing large caravans.

 

 

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