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The alps

Old Snow Gum. Photo: Mark Antos

Old Snow Gum. Photo: Mark Antos

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

Bogong High Plains. Photo: Mark Antos

Bogong High Plains. Photo: Mark Antos

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

Koala

Koala

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

Alpine Ash sappling. Photo: Mark Antos

Alpine Ash sappling. Photo: Mark Antos

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

 

The alps are characterised by granite and sandstone peaks with rounded mountain tops and plateaus.

The highest mountain areas support a rich mosaic of heathland, grassland and alpine bog communities.

At slightly lower altitudes these ‘treeless islands’ give way to subalpine woodlands comprising small, multi-stemmed, snow gums usually less than 10m tall.

More about the alps

  • A mere 0.5 per cent of Australia is truly ‘treeless’ alpine.
  • Climatic conditions are harsh
  • Typically covered in snow for more than a third of the year
  • Plants and animals have evolved to cope with environmental extremes – low temperatures, high winds, snow cover for long periods and seasonal inundation
  • Many species are found only in the alpine area including several species at risk of extinction, such as the Baw Baw Frog, Alpine Water Skink, Mountain Pygmy-possum and Stirling Stonefly.

Key Threats

Alpine-adapted species are vulnerable to:

  • Climate change impacts such as changes in snow cover, streamflows and frequency of large scale wildfire
  • Weed invasion
  • Grazing by exotic animals and predation by foxes.

Where to see the alps

Sambar deer in the Alpine National Park Click to view the news RSS feed.

Deer control trial for a healthier Alpine National Park

27 Jul 2015

Parks Victoria, in partnership with the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) and the Australian Deer Association (ADA), have begun a three year trial deer control program to limit environmental damage deer are causing in the Alpine National Park. This trial is the first of its kind in the park…

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What's on for 2015-2016 at Albert Park

1 Jul 2015 12:00am - 30 Jun 2016 12:00am

A wide variety of events are held at Albert Park throughout the year. Events range from fun runs and sporting tournaments to other community events. See the full calendar here.

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Abbotsford Convent to Dights’ Falls: Learn about Wurundjeri History and Significant Sites

5 Aug 2015 11:00am-12:30pm

During Wurundjeri Week, Wurundjeri Council will be running various tours on Wurundjeri Country to educate the public on different aspects of Indigenous and Wurundjeri culture. Facilitated by Uncle Bill Nicholson and starting from Abbotsford Convent, hear about the history of the Wurundjeri people, Dights Falls and other significant sites.

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Abbotsford Convent to Dights’ Falls: Learn about Wurundjeri History and Significant Sites

5 Aug 2015 1:30pm-3:00pm

During Wurundjeri Week, Wurundjeri Council will be running various tours on Wurundjeri Country to educate the public on different aspects of Indigenous and Wurundjeri culture. Facilitated by Uncle Bill Nicholson and starting from Abbotsford Convent, hear about the history of the Wurundjeri people, Dights Falls and other significant sites.

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Abbotsford Convent to Dights’ Falls: Learn about Wurundjeri History and Significant Sites

5 Aug 2015 3:00pm-4:30pm

During Wurundjeri Week, Wurundjeri Council will be running various tours on Wurundjeri Country to educate the public on different aspects of Indigenous and Wurundjeri culture. Facilitated by Uncle Bill Nicholson and starting from Abbotsford Convent, hear about the history of the Wurundjeri people, Dights Falls and other significant sites.