For many, alpine Australia is synonymous with snow covered landscapes, après ski sessions and open fireplaces. It’s a magical time of year; but as those who have ventured up to Dinner Plain in recent months have discovered the magic doesn’t stop when the snow melts.

In the warmer months, wildflowers blanket the curvatures of the alpine meadows, high on the bald mountain tops and down in among the snow gums; resident emus, pygmy possums and colourful mountain crickets emerge from hiding; waterfalls of pure snowmelt cascade over ancient rocks; and clear skies reveal layer upon layer of mountain views that change colour in the golden sunsets. It’s little wonder that a drive up the Great Alpine Road, Australia’s highest road to experience the glory of this unique environment should be a must on every Aussie’s bucket list.

Dinner Plain is one of the best places to base yourself in the Victorian Alps in the warmer months. As a village that is always open, it has accommodation, places to eat, and is also home to Australia’s highest brewery: Blizzard Brewing Company. From your doorstep there are scenic hikes out over mountain tops that would make the Von Trapp family jealous, mountain bike trails that weave among whispering snow gums, or jeep safaris that will whisk you away to spot wild brumbies.

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