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On a mostly dry and flat continent, nothing says challenge like the snow-clad and mountainous Australian Alps. The Alps span New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria and embrace 16 national parks and reserves. Ride a mountain bike along contour-hugging trails, bushwalk to a heritage hut or ride horses along gentle alpine tracks. Fly fish in the streams and lakes, go white-water rafting, run or four-wheel drive along mountain tracks to character-filled country pubs. Cross-country ski amongst the snow-gums or try the wide range of downhill ski slopes at the various ski resorts. Hike part of the Australian Alps Walking Track or take in the range-upon-range mountain views driving the Great Alpine Road or Great Alpine Way.