Victorian High Country walking tour

Guided walking tour of the best of Victorian High Country alpine areas. History, wildflowers, fresh air and vistas beyond compare. $1,890pp – 5 Days ex Melbourne, moderate terrain, 60km

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. All walks are achievable for those with a moderate level of strength and fitness.

Tour Length:
5 days starting and finishing in Melbourne
Distance walked:
Approx 60 km
Difficulty:
Moderate ; See FAQ
Dates:
28. Nov – 2. Dec 2017
7 – 11. Apr 2018
3 – 7. Dec 2018
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Highlights of this walk

Take in the best that the Victorian High Country has to offer from our convenient base in the beautiful town of Bright.

Walking Tour Itinerary

A guide will accompany you as you walk between 7 and 22 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

Drive to Bright + short walks Mt Buffalo

5 km

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 out to dinner at a local restaurant.

Mt Buffalo National Park

Mt Buffalo National Park

11 km

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 head back toward Bright to take in one of the excellent local wineries and/or perhaps we’ll visit the berry farm.

Back at the accommodation your guides will cook you a delicious dinner.

Falls Creek and the Bogong High Plains

Falls Creek and the Bogong High Plains

14 km

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 or two of the famous mountain huts of the Victorian high country.

Razorback Ridge - Mt Feathertop - Harrietville

Razorback Ridge – Mt Feathertop – Harrietville

22 km

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 descend to the holiday village of Harrietville via the Bungalow Spur track, through mountain ash and several changes in vegetation zones.

Cherry and Canyon Walks + drive to Melbourne

Cherry and Canyon Walks + drive to Melbourne

7 km

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.

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc. See the PDF file for printing

Accommodation

Twin share accommodation for four nights is included, staying at the Bright Alps Guest House in Bright. Single supplement (your own room) is available for $180.

What to bring

We will send you a list of recommended clothing and equipment when you book.

Food

All meals are included, with the exception of lunch on the last day.
Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast, juice, tea and freshly brewed coffee.
Each day your guide will carry tea, coffee and morning tea. Fruit is also available for you to take.
Lunch is self-made from fresh breads, salads and meats.
Enjoy pre-dinner nibbles with fellow guests each evening while your guides prepare a delicious two course meal for dinner.
Feel free to bring alcohol and additional snacks e.g. muesli bars, nuts, chocolate etc. There will be time for you to purchase additional alcohol and supplies on some days.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book. We can happily adapt our menu to accommodate most dietary needs. Assistance is appreciated with clearing away and washing up.

Transport

An air-conditioned coaster bus will take us from Melbourne to Bright and back; and to and from the trails each day. As the transport from Melbourne is provided at no additional charge, discounts cannot be offered to those who choose to make their own way to Bright.

This walk includes

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All meals, including morning tea and snacks

We pride ourselves on providing you with fresh, wholesome food. Enjoy healthy breakfasts, delicious morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and hearty two-course dinners each day.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 14 years experience.

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Guests house accommodation in Bright

We’ll spend four nights together in the very comfortable Bright Alps Guest House – set up perfectly for small groups like ours. Accommodation is twin share but single supplements are available – please enquire.

National Park entrance fees

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Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We’ll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don’t have to worry about a thing

About Walking Tours In General

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 on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation?

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 give you a room with someone of the same sex. Sometimes, depending on the accommodation, it is possible to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a room to yourself – please ask us if this option is available when you book.

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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. Our youngest guest has been about 35 and our oldest was 82. 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, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well – you’re on holiday after all and Emily bakes a mean cake. Breakfast, home-made 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, 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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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit for morning tea and a fresh healthy lunch, surrounded by nature. Every day is finished off by a delicious and nutritious dinner together with the group.

What people have said

The walk was beautiful and sometimes quite demanding. There was not a single thing I can think of that Emily and Simon could have done better. The beauty, the companionship, the food, the chalets were just exceptional. If you want to help kick your aging frame back into health, this is the company and these are the places. Emily and Simon have covered everything- safety, diet, food, comfort, and variable beauty with immense skill and thoughtfulness. Thank you all so very much.

Nick, Walpole to Denmark, Bibbulmun Track, 2011

I have no complaints; only praise! The walk was wonderful. You obviously put a lot of effort into the organisation of these walks and that is why everything is so good. Morning tea especially!! I unreservedly recommend these outings to people who love to ‘escape’ to peace and beauty for a few hours.

Mary, various day walks, 2011

Pricing

AUD $1,890 pp twin share. Single Supplement $180.

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Can I cancel my booking?

We hope that you do not need to cancel your booking. However, if you do, our cancellation fee, based on the notice given prior to the departure date, is:

  • More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee
  • 6 to 12 weeks: loss of deposit
  • 4 to 6 weeks: 25% of full tour cost
  • 2 to 4 weeks: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 2 weeks: 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.