Highlights of the High Country
This tour starts and ends in the charming High Country town of Bright and explores the magnificent mountain scenery surrounding the ski villages of Falls Creek, Hotham and Dinner Plain. In spring this alpine region abounds with wild flowers and the tour blends our well-known passions for great hiking with the fabulous food and wine of north east Victoria. This is a challenging hike, with no van access at lunch, and equal to our Level 5 tours in Europe. We walk the iconic Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing trail which takes us across the Bogong High Plains with panoramic views to Mount Feathertop and beyond, as well as the breathtaking Razorback Ridge. First-time travellers to the area could extend their trip by adding extra days in Bright or exploring many of the High Country’s historic towns, gourmet regions or wineries. There is a Single Supplement on this tour of $325.
|Tour Provider||Hedonistic Hiking|
|Number Of Days||
Bright, Victoria, Australia
Bright, Victoria, Australia
6 to 12
We meet you at the Visitor Information Centre in Bright at 10am. A pretty drive takes us over the Tawonga Gap – with stunning views of Victoria’s highest mountain, Mount Bogong - through Mount Beauty to Falls Creek Alpine Village (2hrs). After a picnic lunch we enjoy an easy hike which takes us past the historic Wallaces Hut, built by cattle grazers in 1889. After the hike we settle in to our cosy accommodation before we gather for a welcome drink and a delicious home-cooked dinner in our private lodge, served with award winning local wines. (10.5km) As there is the opportunity for a short walk before we check into the accommodation please ensure you are in your hiking gear.
After breakfast we head out onto the Bogong High Plains. We start our hike on the shore of Rocky Valley Dam. The trail climbs gently, with lovely views to the dam and Mount Nelse before heading across the snow plains to a couple of remote huts where we have our picnic which is hiked in for you by your two guides. On a clear day we can see Mount Kosciuszko, 180km to the distance. In the afternoon we follow an easy aqueduct trail which brings us to the end of the hike. Time to relax before pre-dinner drinks and a delicious and well-deserved dinner. (19km)
We leave Falls Creek after breakfast and a short drive takes us to the start of our hike. It is a challenging hike with no vehicle access at any point on the route. We start by visiting pretty Cope Hut and then we follow the iconic Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing trail which takes us across the flower-filled Bogong High Plains with panoramic views to Mount Feathertop and beyond. We descend on a stepped trail to cross the Cobungra River by charming Dibbins Hut where we enjoy our picnic. After lunch we climb steadily to reach Derricks Hut. From here the gradient eases and we soon arrive at Mount Hotham where our hike ends. A short drive takes us to our accommodation. We stay in a spacious private lodge for the next two nights. Dinner this evening at a lively local restaurant. (23km)
Today we have a more leisurely hike which follows the historic Cobungra ditch trail, discovering the fascinating history of this water race. The gradient is gentle and we have wonderful views over the mountains. We enjoy our gourmet picnic near a former gold mine. In the afternoon we continue our hike on an easy trail to arrive back in Hotham. (12km + 6km) Dinner this evening is prepared for you in the lodge by us and the menu is matched to wonderful local wines.
After a delicious breakfast we drive to the start of our walk near Mount Hotham from where we walk the breathtaking Razorback Ridge climbing steadily towards Mount Feathertop, the second highest mountain in Victoria at 1922m. Enjoy fabulous unbroken views across the High Country. After our picnic we descend 1000m down Bungalow Spur to the town of Harrietville in the valley. Transfer to Bright (19km). We stay in the Colonial Motor Inn on the edge of town. Final dinner in a popular local restaurant.
To finish the tour we have breakfast together at one of Bright’s best-loved cafés.
|08 Mar 2023||13 Mar 2023||Availability||$2,850|