Australia and New Zealand Mountain Grassland

Along Australia's south eastern coast between the major cities of Canberra and Melbourne lie the Australian Alps, the southernmost section of the Great Dividing Range. The mountains do not reach high elevations by world standards (the highest point, Mt Kusciuszko, peaks at 2,228 m [7,310 ft]), but they are a stark comparison to the incredibly flat and dry disposition of the rest of the continent. The tree line ends between 1,600 and 1,800 m (5,249 and 5,906 ft) elevations and mountain grasslands extend up from there on well developed humus soils.