Highlights of Victorian High Country – Bright, Mount Buffalo & Mt Feathertop

From
$2,399 AUD

Days

5 days

Tour Type

Walking

From

$2,399 Twin Share

Start
Melbourne
Finish
Melbourne
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour Distance
Approx 60 km
Group size
Min 4, Max 12
Code
VHC

Overview

There's a beautiful free feeling that comes when walking in the Victorian High Country - with the vastness of Australia's highest mountain range all around you. Fresh mountain air, sweeping alpine vistas, classic mountain huts and picturesque snow gum meadows are in store on this fabulous Victorian High Country walking tour. Using the beautiful town of Bright as our base, we are perfectly situated to take on three of Victoria's best known alpine walking areas: Mt Buffalo, Falls Creek and the iconic Razorback Ridge to Mt Feathertop. You'll experience the best that the region has to offer on this five day tour. The walks are mostly moderate, with the Razorback Ridge and Feathertop being more challenging in terms of length and terrain. Some sections of the Mount Buffalo involve extended, but not really steep, climbs.All walks are achievable for those with a moderate level of strength and fitness. Training will be important for those who wish to tackle Mount Feathertop Summit.

Highlights of this walk

Walk the highlights of the Victorian High Country including Bright, Mount Buffalo, Bogong high plains and Mt Feathertop returning each evening to our cosy accommodation in the beautiful town of Bright.

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Itinerary

We'll stop in at Euroa 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. Depending on the weather you may feel like going for a little dip in one of the cool mountain creeks.
In the evening we'll get settled in to our accommodation in Bright - our base for the rest of the tour.

Accommodation: Bright Holiday Park (or similar)

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 1 - Drive to Bright + short walks Mt Buffalo

Today we're back at the magnificent granite mass of Mt Buffalo National Park to do 'The Big Walk'. It's an 11.3km 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.

Accommodation: Bright Holiday Park (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - Mt Buffalo National Park

We'll have a slightly easier 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.

Accommodation: Bright Holiday Park (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Falls Creek and the Bogong High Plains

It's a 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 Cross", with its beautiful old snow gum is a great spot for lunch and to rest your legs before the summit ahead. The walk to Mt Feathertop peak (optional) is a fairly steep climb. Once there though, you'll enjoy outstanding 360-degree alpine views. Regardless of whether you make it to the summit, you will be rewarded with picturesque vistas from one of the best day walks in Australia.

After reaching the top of Mt Feathertop, we'll return back along the Razorback Ridge, witnessing the Alps change their mood in the afternoon light.

After a long, but rewarding day we will enjoy a beautiful meal at the heritage listed Alpine Hotel in town or the famous Wandi Pub.

Accommodation: Bright Holiday Park (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Razorback Ridge – Mt Feathertop

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 (at your own expense) on the way back to Melbourne - arriving about 5pm in the city.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Cherry and Canyon Walks + drive to Melbourne

Inclusions

Meals

  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

  • All transport: private coach transport to and from Melbourne; as well as transport to and from the walks each day

Accommodation

  • Other (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Professional guiding and support each day

  • Emergency support: guides carry satellite phones and a full first aid kit

  • Excellent itinerary and planning drawn from 14 yrs experience

Dates & Availability

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Want your own room? From an extra $380 (subject to availability).

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$2,399 AUD
per person twin share
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10 spots available

$2,399 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $380 (subject to availability).

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10 spots available

$2,399 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $380 (subject to availability).

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10 spots available

$2,399 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $380 (subject to availability).

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10 spots available

$2,490 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $530 (subject to availability).

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10 spots available

Important Notes

  • Start & End Times: This trip begins with a pick-up in Melbourne’s CBD on day 1 at 8am and finishes in the late afternoon on the last day upon arrival back into Melbourne. Please keep this in mind when booking your arrival and departure arrangements.
  • Single Supplement: A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Due to the types of accommodation used on this tour a single supplement will not always mean a king/queen bed and own bathroom.

FAQs

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How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call or send us an email and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation? Can I have my own room?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will place you in a room with someone of the same gender. If you have opted for a single supplement, this means you will have your own room but we won’t always be able to guarantee your own bathroom and king/queen bed due to the types of accommodation we use for group bookings. Often we stay at 2 or 3 bedroom chalets so that we can cook and have a common area for the group to relax and mingle at the end of your days walk. If having your own bathroom is important, give us a ring and we will see if it is possible.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75, but we welcome all adults on our tours. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour prepared by our guides, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Sometimes we also eat out at restaurants. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, lunch/snacks/fruit for the day. a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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What happens after I book?

After you have filled in a registration form, we will send you all extra information you may need, including a list of what to bring and how best to prepare for the tour.

Payment in full is required at least six weeks prior to the tour (bookings can still be made within six weeks of tour start date if there are places available). We will email or call you to remind you when this is due.

Finally, we will contact you prior to your tour to confirm pick-up times and locations. If you have any questions or concerns at all before or after you have booked, please don't hesitate to get in touch so we can go through them with you.

What are my payment options?

Payment can be made by:

  • Direct deposit
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Can I cancel my booking?

If you need to cancel your tour;

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

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