Great Alpine Road

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Great Alpine Road
Map of the Great Alpine Road in eastern Victoria
General information
Type Highway
Length 303 km (188 mi)
Opened 1998
Route number(s) B500 (1996-present)
route number
  • State Route 156 (1986–1996)
  • Wangaratta-Omeo
    as Ovens Highway & Alpine Road
  • State Route 195 (1986–1996)
  • Omeo-Bairnsdale as Omeo Highway
Major junctions
NW end
  for full list see major intersections
SE end
Major settlements Myrtleford, Ovens, Bright, Harrietville, Mount Hotham, Dinner Plain, Omeo, Swifts Creek, Ensay, Bruthen
Highway system

The Great Alpine Road (B500)[1][2][3] is a country tourist road in Victoria, Australia, running from Wangaratta in the north to Bairnsdale in the east, and passing through the Victorian Alps. The road was given its current name because it was considered the mountain equivalent to Victoria's world famous Great Ocean Road in the south-west of the state.[citation needed] The road usually remains open during winter, however vehicles travelling between Harrietville and Omeo are required to carry diamond pattern[4] snow chains during the declared snow season.[5]

Route details[edit]

The Great Alpine Road[6] winds through mountains, valleys and forests, and past rivers, vineyards and farms. At a length of 303 kilometres (188 mi), it is Australia's highest year-round accessible sealed road. The section over Mount Hotham rises to an altitude of 1,840 metres (6,040 ft) AMSL.[7] It is blanketed with snow during winter months and must be cleared on a daily basis. Extreme weather conditions can sometimes still result in the road being closed between Harrietville and Omeo.

The Great Alpine Road links Victoria's North East with Gippsland. It was completed with the sealing of the section between Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain and was officially opened on 4 April 1998.[citation needed] The road itself has existed since colonial times in some form, but was unsealed for much of its history, and was only given the Great Alpine Road designation after being fully sealed.[citation needed]

The current Great Alpine Road includes the former Ovens Highway from Wangaratta to Bright, and a former section of the Omeo Highway from Omeo to Bruthen,[8] along with the section of the Omeo Highway from Bruthen to Bairnsdale.

Gallery of some notable sights[edit]

Major intersections, towns and resorts[edit]

LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes
Wangaratta Wangaratta 1 0.62 Parfitt RoadWangaratta, Yarrawonga, Wodonga
East Wangaratta 5 3.1 Hume HighwayWodonga, Sydney
6 3.7 Hume HighwaySeymour, Melbourne
Tarrawingee 12 7.5 Beechworth-Wangaratta Road (C315) – Beechworth, Yackandandah
Bowmans Forest 35 22 Buckland Gap Road (C524) – Beechworth
Alpine Gapsted 41 25 Snow Road – Milawa, Glenrowan
Myrtleford 46 29 Myrtleford-Yackandandah Road (C527) – Yackandandah
47 29 Buffalo River Road (C526) – Lake Buffalo
Ovens 51 32 Happy Valley Road (C534) – Mount Beauty
Porepunkah 71 44 Mount Buffalo Road (C535) – Mount Buffalo
Bright 77 48
Germantown 83 52 Tawonga Gap Road (C536) – Mount Beauty
Mount Hotham 132 82
Dinner Plain 143 89
East Gippsland Omeo 187 116 Omeo Highway (C543) – Benambra, Tallangatta
Bruthen 282 175 Bruthen-Buchan Road (C620) – Buchan, Orbost
Wiseleigh 286 178 Sarsfield-Tambo Upper Road (C605) – Swan Reach
Lucknow 305 190 Princes Highway (A1) – Lakes Entrance, Orbost, Bairnsdale, Melbourne
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Map NE Victoria" (PDF). Vic Roads. p. 16. Retrieved 9 Feb 2009. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps". 2009 Google – Map data 2009 MapData Sciences Pty Ltd, PSMA. Retrieved 10 Feb 2009. 
  3. ^ State Route 156 – Ovens Highway, Main Roads Victoria. Retrieved on 23 September 2013.
  4. ^ Mount Hotham, Wheel Chains
  5. ^ Travel Victoria, Great Alpine Road
  6. ^ "Great Alpine Road". Tourism Victoria. Retrieved 10 Feb 2009. 
  7. ^ "Mt Hotham Section". 2009 Google – Map data 2009 MapData Sciences Pty Ltd, PSMA. Retrieved 10 Feb 2009. 
  8. ^ 8423 Omeo, Victoria, Topographic Map. National Topographic Map Series (1 ed.). Commonwealth of Australia. 1982. 

External links[edit]

"Great Alpine Road – Tourism Victoria". Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
"Australian Traveller". Retrieved 10 Feb 2009. 
"Great Alpine Road - Visit Victoria (official tourism website)". Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
"Sydney – Melbourne Touring". Archived from the original on 23 February 2009. Retrieved 10 Feb 2009. 
"Victoria's Alpine High Country". Retrieved 10 Feb 2009. 
"NRMA Motoring Services". Retrieved 10 Feb 2009. 
"Discover East Gippsland". Retrieved 10 Feb 2009.