Where is it? In the heart of the Australian Alps National Park, 385km north-east of Melbourne

How to see it for yourself?

You can drive to Hotham, at the crest of the Great Alpine Road – the highest bitumen road in Australia. There are also several coaches that service the area, such as Christian’s Bus Co and O’Connell’s Omeo Bus Service. Otherwise, Hotham’s airport is serviced by QantasLink from Sydney in peak season – the flight takes 80 minutes – and charter flights from across Australia year round, and is a handy 20km from the slopes. But while snow-based activities are popular during the winter months, in summer the landscape transforms into grassy mountain ranges speckled in wildflowers. Various tracks and trails thread through them, ideal for hiking, biking and horse riding.

Why I love it