A guide will accompany you as you walk between 7 and 20 km each day. The total distance walked over the 5 days is approximately 65 km.
The walks are mostly moderate to challenging, with hills a dominant feature. By carrying only a day pack, people with a moderate level of fitness will be able to complete the walks. We recommend that you do some training first, as preparation always makes the experience more enjoyable.
Guides will carry morning tea, first aid kit, satellite phone etc. You just carry what you need for the walk. This might include water, camera, a jacket and your lunch.
The plan may alter depending on local conditions and weather.
Drive to Bright + short walks Mt Buffalo
We’ll stop in at Eurora for morning tea and by lunch time we’ll be ready for a leisurely exploration of some of the lower walks in Mt Buffalo National Park.
In the evening we’ll get settled in to our accommodation in Bright – our base for the rest of the tour – before heading to the heritage listed Alpine Hotel for dinner.
Mt Buffalo National Park
Today we’re back at the magnificent granite mass of Mt Buffalo National Park to do ‘The Big Walk’. It’s an 11.3 km uphill walk that passes through several vegetation zones as the altitude increases, with spectacular views of the Australian Alps. The walk finishes at The Gorge – where the granite walls drop 300 metres down to form a spectacular and mind blowing sight.
After the walk we’ll take a drive around the top of Mt Buffalo to wonder at the spectacular granite formations that rise from the plateau.
Back at the accommodation your guides will cook you a delicious dinner.
Falls Creek and the Bogong High Plains
We’ll have an easier (but not easy) day today, walking through pockets of snow gum and alpine meadows of the Bogong High Plains whilst admiring the surrounding views.
We’ll follow some of the 650km Australian Alpine Walking Track and head to the summit of Mt Nelse for some great views. We’ll also visit one of the famous mountain huts of the Victorian high country.
Razorback Ridge – Mt Feathertop
It’s a fairly big day today, but certainly one not to miss! We’ll begin on one of the most iconic walks in Victoria, the Razorback Ridge. This classic track crosses the high ridge linking Mt Hotham to Mt Feathertop. Being mostly above the tree line, the ridge walk gives wonderful views of the surrounding alps.
The last (optional) part of the walk to the summit of Mt Feathertop is a fairly steep climb. Once there though, you’ll enjoy outstanding 360 degree views as a reward for your effort.
We’ll return back the way we came along the Razorback Ridge, witnessing the Alps change their mood in the afternoon light.
Cherry and Canyon Walks + drive to Melbourne
What better way to follow up yesterday’s challenging walk to Mt Feathertop than a peaceful morning spent at your leisure in Bright.
You might like to stroll the banks of the Ovens River to the Bright Canyon where you’ll see more evidence of the region’s gold mining era. Or you may prefer to simply soak up the quaint atmosphere of Bright in one of the many local cafes or artisan boutiques.
We’ll stop for lunch on the way back to Melbourne – arriving about 5pm in the city.