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Snowy River National Park/Australia

Introducing Snowy River National Park

Northeast of Buchan, this is one of Victoria’s most isolated and spectacular national parks, dominated by deep gorges carved through limestone and sandstone by the Snowy River on its route from the Snowy Mountains in NSW to its mouth at Marlo. The entire park is a smorgasbord of unspoilt, superb bush and mountain scenery. It covers more than 95,000 hectares and includes a huge diversity of vegetation, ranging from alpine woodlands and eucalypt forests to rainforests. Abundant wildlife includes the rare brush-tailed rock wallaby.

On the west side of the park, the views from the well-signposted cliff-top lookouts over Little River Falls and Little River Gorge, Victoria’s deepest gorge, are awesome. From there it’s about 20km to McKillops Bridge, a huge bridge spanning the Snowy River, making it possible to drive across the park to Errinundra National Park. There are also some sandy river beaches and swimming spots, and several good short walks around here. The hilly and difficult Silver Mine Walking Track (15km, six hours) starts at the eastern end of the bridge. Walking and canoeing are the most popular activities, but you need to be well prepared for both – conditions can be harsh and subject to sudden change. The classic canoe or raft trip down the Snowy River from McKillops Bridge to a pull-out point near Buchan takes at least four days and offers superb scenery: rugged gorges, raging rapids, tranquil sections and excellent camping spots on broad sandbars.