Whether you camp at a designated campsite with several other groups or have found your own private camping spot, you can minimise the impacts you have on the environment and other visitors by following some simple rules. Remember to stay on track and plan your trip, and prepare for the snow.

Challenge yourself to leave as little trace of your visit as possible. Care for the Alps now – so they’ll be just as wonderful in the future.

Car-based camping

Camping is perhaps the most popular way of enjoying the great outdoors, and car-based camping is an excellent way for people of all ages to visit the Australian Alps. When touring around the Alps, make sure to plan your trip so you don’t spend all day behind the wheel. The beauty of the Alps is best appreciated at a slow pace. Information about activities and attractions on your way can be found at the National Park and region visitor centres.

Cross country skiing and snow camping

Some of Australia’s most spectacular cross-country skiing and snow camping opportunities can be enjoyed in the Australian Alps national parks. Information about organised cross country skiing adventures can be found at the National Park and region visitor centres. If planning your own trip be mindful of protecting the fragile alpine environment and your own safety.

BPhoto: Kym Couttsaw Baw, Rawson and Walhalla

Baw Baw National Park contains some fantastic camping areas. Explore the Aberfeldy river to find some remote forest campsites, or try the northern end of the region around Thomson river. Choose Baw Baw Plateau as your next snow camping destination. Ski or snow shoe along the trails of Baw Baw National Park to find your spot.

Photo: Jon HarrisBogong and alpine valleys

True high country camping is possible on the Bogong High Plains, within the Alpine National Park. There are several great camping areas lower down in the valley towns too – try Mt Beauty, Tawonga, Bright, Porepunkah, Harrietville and Omeo.

WonangattaMt Buller and Mansfield

In the Mt Buller and Mansfield region, head into the Alpine National Park for great camping at Cobbler Plateau, Wonnangatta Homestead, Eaglevale, Horseyard Flat and Wellington River. Mt Stirling provides snow camping opportunities in winter. Try something new – skip the resort day at Mt Buller go snow camping at Mt Stirling instead.

Photo: Mick StanicKosciuszko and Jindabyne

Simply follow the Kosciuszko Alpine Way to discover beautiful camping areas such as Thredbo Diggings, Geehi, Tom Groggin and Island Bend. Most towns along the way have caravan parks to stop at too.

Photo: Nicolas Emmanuel-EmileYarrangobilly and Tumut

The Yarrangobilly region is well known for peaceful camping areas set amongst the mountains. Try Blue Waterholes, Long Plain, Ravine or Bullocks Hill. Nearby towns provide caravan parks for those wanting to be a bit closer to facilities.