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$2,395

Great Alpine Walk – Auswalk

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  • See Victoria’s high country carrying only a day pack.
  • Hike the classic Razorback Ridge to Mt Feathertop, and Mt Hotham to Falls Creek via the Cobungra Valley.

11 out of 14 participants were returning clients. A superb week of scenic walks. Ratings would be 10 out of 10 all round – Julie M., on TripAdvisor

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THE DETAILS

$2,395 per person (plus $515 single supplement for private room)

Hiking the Victorian high country doesn’t have to be difficult. Take in parts of the Alpine National Park with a guide and carrying only a day pack. Spend two nights at a luxurious alpine resort at Dinner Plain, and the other nights in alpine ski lodges. You’ll see some of the most well known highlights of the region, such as the famous Razorback Ridge and the Cobungra Valley.

INCLUSIONS

  • Two friendly, professional guides
  • Transfers from Melbourne
  • 6 nights accommodation at alpine ski lodges and a luxurious alpine resort
  • Meals – 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • National Park fees
  • Insulated lunch bag
  • Maps & map case
  • Memento DVD containing photos of your trip

WHAT TO BRING

  • You will be provided with a full gear list upon booking your tour.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Walking time: 1 – 7.5 hours per day
  • Walking distance: 3 – 22 kilometres per day
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate walking
  • Child friendly: No

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ITINERARY

Day One 10am start at Melbourne airport. Travel via historic Glenrowan and Mt Beauty to Falls Creek Alpine Village. An easy late afternoon walk provides you with a good orientation to this unique alpine ski village.

Accommodation: Falls Creek

Day Two Great Alpine Walk starts by following an easy Aqueduct Trail connected to one of Australia’s early hydro-electricity schemes, built between the 1930’s and 1950’s. Mountain cattlemen’s huts feature prominently on this holiday and today you’ll visit the oldest in Victoria, Wallace’s Hut as well as Cope Hut, once known as the “Menzies of the High Country”. The ancient snow gum trees here are twisted and gnarled by centuries of harsh winters. After rain or fog these tree trunks change colour to brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow and green. The route continues around the shores of Rocky Valley dam to a delightful lunch spot. After lunch, there will be a choice of an easy walk following the lake shore back to the bus or a harder hike to the summit of Mt McKay with stunning 360 degree views. Then through the Falls Creek alpine ski area to get back to the lodge.

Accommodation: Falls Creek

Day Three Today we’ll hike to some of the Falls Creek peaks and visit another couple of historic huts. The route begins along easy aqueduct trails again before climbing up through gently graded snow plains to visit secluded Fitzgeralds Hut. One more hut today – historic Edmonsons where we’ll enjoy lunch amongst the snowgums. The easier option for the afternoon takes us along Watchbed Creek and back to the bus. The more challenging option heads up onto Heathy Spur and then cross country on a compass bearing to Roper Lookout. The track then descends to the shores of Rocky Valley Dam.

Accommodation: Falls Creek

Day Four Will you be up to the challenge of walking all the way from Falls Creek to Mt Hotham? Very few people have done this walk, even amongst the locals. Follow a section of the Alpine Walking Track (750km between Walhalla and Canberra) all the way to Mt Hotham. You certainly won’t see many people out here; in fact you are more likely to see brumbies (wild horses) than people! Along the way, drop steeply down to the Cobungra River and Dibbins Hut (sometimes also called “Creep-Inn” – you’ll see why), and then back through the Mt Hotham ski village. Skiers flock to Hotham for its powder snow. It is easy to see how the surrounding steep valleys would provide protection from strong winter winds, allowing snow to settle gently into deep drifts. The days’ walking finishes with a stroll through the picturesque Davenport area of Hotham village. Those taking the more leisurely option will do a shorter walk and then travel by bus to Mt Hotham – someone has to deliver the luggage after all!

Accommodation: Dinner Plain

Day Five Today’s walk meanders through snow gum forests and across thick snow grass plains, where there are many spring wildflowers. The standard 10km track to Dinner Plain is easy, but you can also add an optional 9km return bushwalk to the aptly named Mt Tabletop. Accessing this remote mountain requires some off track walking over uneven terrain. Cattle grazed these plains till recently, and you’ll see historic huts and even some cattle yards made by felling trees into piles! You’ll walk into Dinner Plain, the highest freehold land in Australia, where every building is constructed of mud brick, weathered timber, local rock and galvanized iron. You can build anything you like there, so long as it resembles a cattleman’s hut!

Accommodation: Dinner Plain

Day Six Another big walking day today. The hiking starts along the breathtaking Razorback Ridge, surely one of the most dramatic walking routes in Australia. As you walk along it, Mt Feathertop gradually looms more and more impressively. The final (optional) steep climb to the summit is a ripper! The rest of the day is spent walking down the gently graded Bungalow spur to the township of Harrietville. The spur is covered by tall and most impressive mountain ash trees. Harrietville is built on mine tailings created by a huge dredge called the Tronah Monster, which was sold to a tin miner in Malaysia in the 1930’s. Today it’s a friendly holiday village with a laid-back atmosphere.

Accommodation: Harrietville

Day Seven An easy two hour walk through picturesque Bright Gorge finishes off the walking for this tour. There are numerous slices, tailings, mines and shafts remaining from the days when Chinese miners were more successful than Europeans, with nasty consequences. After morning tea in Bright, travel back to Melbourne, ending this vacation at the airport at about 5pm.