The Great Alpine Road
The Great Alpine Road, stretching more than 300km from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale, is one of Australia's classic summer touring routes.
Wind your way along Victoria's Great Alpine Road, from Wangaratta in the north-east right across to Metung on the jaw-droppingly beautiful Gippsland Lakes.
The 339-kilometre adventure along Australia's highest year-round accessible sealed road takes you right up close to Victoria's diverse landscapes. Travel through lofty mountain ranges, down plunging valleys, into lush forests, and past rolling vineyards along the way to the sparkling waterways on Gippsland's coast.
Dine on fresh local produce, sample regional wine varietals, or catch your own lunch by throwing a line in a mountain stream as you go.
Be guaranteed an amazing journey year-round, with warm weather walking, cycling, camping and high-adrenaline adventure opportunities an alternative to the perennially popular wintertime snow action. Whatever the season you'll be sure of breathtaking views, unforgettable scenery and warm welcomes in the villages along the way.
The Great Alpine Road is fully sealed and is open all year. However, expect snow and ice in winter and snow chains must be carried during the snow season - Queen's Birthday in June to the first weekend in October. They can be hired from outlets along the way. During the official snow season, chains are compulsory for all vehicles.
Detours from the Great Alpine Road
If you have driven the GAR a few times, there are several detours that can be taken from the main route that offer a bit of variety. A favourite for many is to start the drive by taking the Snow Road exit from the Hume Freeway, rather than the Great Alpine Road exit. This joins up with the GAR a few kilometres west of Myrtleford, but takes you through the foodie townships of Oxley and Milawa.