Self-guided

OVERVIEW

Trek over spectacular ridgelines, through valleys packed tight with mountain ash, high alpine forests and grassland, and past snow-capped mountains.  Enjoy the sheer diversity of landscape and the glorious views as the track winds its way from Falls Creek to Hotham and Dinner Plain.

Breathe in the fresh alpine air as you take in the dramatic views from the breathtaking Razorback Ridge and Mt Feathertop. Climb the second-highest peak in Victoria. The hike from Falls Creek to Mount Hotham via the Cobungra Valley is probably one of the best hikes the Alps has to offer and provides a real sense of accomplishment.

Highlights

  • Incredible views from Mt Tabletop over the valley
  • Hike the Razorback to Mount Feathertop
  • Explore the cattlemen's huts along the way
  • Opportunity to see wild brumbies – more likely than seeing people on some parts!
  • Stay in comfort and be treated with mountain hospitality

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Chance to ride out on longer walks greater than 12km. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.  C

PRICE FROM
$ 2395

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 455

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6

DAY 1
BRIGHT AND WALK ALONG OVENS RIVER

The walk starts in Bright any time before 4.00 pm. There’s no walking scheduled for today, however, there is a nice walk along the Ovens River that passes through the middle of town if you arrive early.  We will arrange for you to be met at 4.00 pm in Bright and be driven to Falls Creek where you will stay tonight. If you have driven your own vehicle, you can leave it at Bright. We will pick you up from there and take you to Falls Creek.

Accommodation: Falls Creek in rooms with ensuites

Meals: None

DAY 2
ROPER LOOKOUT AND HUTS WALK TO FALLS CREEK

Today’s walking is over reasonably flat terrain, following the alpine hiking trails, along an aqueduct track and crossing gently graded snow plains. Most of the walking tracks today are also used for cross-country skiing during winter. The walk ends with a trek to the summit of Mount Roper with excellent views over Falls Creek and the Kiewa Valley; the track then continues into your Falls Creek accommodation.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 25.5km / 6 – 7 hrs / shortening this walk is possible

Meals: Breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Falls Creek in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
FALLS CREEK TO HOTHAM

There aren’t too many people who have hiked this track, even amongst the locals. You start the walk from near Cope Hut following the Alpine Walking Track, a track that is 750 km long and connects Walhalla and Canberra. Your final destination is Mount Hotham.  This is a remote hike with very little chance of seeing anyone. You are likelier to spot Brumbies, Australia’s iconic wild horses.  The walk drops into the Cobungra Valley to Dibbins Hut, where you can take your shoes off and dip your feet in the creek. From Dibbins Hut, it’s a steady climb into Mt Hotham alpine ski village. Mount Hotham is known for its powder snow and abundance of ski runs.

Walking: Challenging / 20.6km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Hotham Alpine Village in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
DINNER PLAIN VIA MNT TABLETOP TO HOTHAM

Walking from Dinner Plain into your accommodation means that you can take your time today if you wish. The alpine hiking trail meanders through snow gum forests and across thick snowgrass plains. The 12 km track to Hotham is easy, but you can add the optional 10 km return walk to the aptly named Mt Tabletop to enjoy the marvellous views down the mountain over the valley. Cattle once grazed these plains so expect to see more historic huts and even some cattle yards made by felling trees into piles.This land is the highest freehold land in Australia. The buildings are all constructed of mud-brick, weathered timber, local rock and galvanized iron.

Walking: Moderate / 12km or 24.9km / 3 or 5.5–7 hours / optional 10km short walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Hotham Alpine Village in rooms with ensuites

DAY 5
HOTHAM VIA THE RAZORBACK AND MOUNT FEATHERTOP

It’s an early start this morning. Walk the breathtaking Razorback Ridge, perhaps one of the most dramatic walking routes in Australia. As you walk along the escarpment, there are brilliant views over the mountains in both directions. Hike to the top of Mt Feathertop; this final optional steep climb to the summit is wonderful as it affords even better views all the way to Mount Bogong and over the whole Alpine Mountain Range.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 21km or 22.5km / 7–8 hrs / optional shorter walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Hotham Alpine Village in rooms with ensuites

DAY 6
PRIVATE TRANSFER BACK TO BRIGHT

The walk finishes after breakfast. If your vehicle is in Bright or if you used public transport, we will transfer you back to Bright for public transport connections.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 6 day pack free walking holiday
  • Australia’s best alpine hiking trails
  • 5 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Breakfast, 2 chef-prepared two course dinners and 4 Walkers Lunches
  • Luggage transport and vehicle transfers
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National park admission
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • Support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The accommodations are excellent on the Great Alpine Walk, we use high quality self contained apartments all in great locations. You will have a private room at Falls Creek and Hotham Alpine Village. All rooms come with their own ensuites. Most importantly our suppliers on the ground offer a level of unsurpassed friendly service that you can only find in the mountains.

Dinners are not included while in Falls Creek as there are many great restaurants within walking distance. You will be provided with locally sourced ingredients to cook your own breakfast. During your stay in Hotham, the 2 included two-course dinners are prepared by chefs as are the cooked breakfasts.

Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial Walkers Lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A Walkers Lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

  • NIGHTS 1 & 2

  • NIGHTS 3, 4 & 5

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

ROCKY TERRAIN

Whilst preparing for walking on rocky terrain, you must focus on the development of balance, strength, and agility.

Integrate targeted strength exercises, such as lunges, squats, and step-ups, to strengthen your leg muscles, with a particular emphasis on improving stability on uneven surfaces. Balancing exercises are essential. Undertake core strength activity, coupled with exercises such as planks and Russian twists to enhance balance. As you progress, include hikes on progressively rougher terrain if you can. Additionally, the appropriate footwear with good ankle support and tread for grip are essential. Stay mindful, watch your step, and use trekking poles for added stability.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

GENERAL INFO

This Great Alpine Walk starts in Bright at 4.00 pm with a transfer to Falls Creek in the late afternoon. It’s a 5-hour drive from Melbourne, with public transport services available from Melbourne. Contact us for more details. If you choose to arrive by car let us know, we can have you leave your vehicle at Bright and have you transferred to Falls Creek from there.

This is one of the more challenging inn-to-inn walks. The terrain on the alpine hiking trails is sometimes undulating, some up and down, but with various flat sections along well-marked trails. Rougher tracks progress along with gradual ascents to the summits for spectacular views, then down steeper downhill sections through snow gums to forested valleys below.

You’ll be walking an average of 18 km a day over 4 days. Those that enjoy the solitude of nature will appreciate some days where you are probably more likely to see deer and wild horses than other people.

There are four walking days on this six-day itinerary, starting in Falls Creek and ending in the village of Hotham. We include accommodation from day one to day six, breakfast each morning, packed lunches each walking day, 2 dinners, all transfers (to and from Bright as well) and comprehensive trip notes and walking maps. We transfer your luggage to the next accommodation so you can focus on enjoying the walking with just your daypack and what you need for the day.

Not included: alcohol, meals not listed in the itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

WEATHER

This walk can be done any time from the start of December to 20th April. This mountain environment is about 10–15 degrees cooler than Melbourne and Sydney, and there is a possibility of bad weather even during summer. January and February are usually warm and the alpine wildflowers are at their best. December and March are usually mild and considered by many people to be the best times to visit.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

By car

Drive to the large northern Victorian town of Wangaratta. From the Hume Highway (i.e. the old Melbourne to Sydney Rd before the Freeway was built), before the town take the exit for C522 Snow Road. After about 30 minutes, turn R onto Great Alpine Road B500. Follow this for about 40 km to Bright.

Your first accommodation is in Falls Creek. If you choose to use your own vehicle we will pick you up in Bright on Anderson St at the bus terminus (stop).

By public transport

Travel to the start of the walk

The most convenient way is via V/line. However, this service is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Buy a ticket from Melbourne to Bright through V/line. The journey is in 2 parts. First you take a train from Melbourne (Southern Cross Station) to Wangaratta, and then change to a bus for the ride to Bright. Services operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the following times: Depart Southern Cross Station (Melbourne) by train 12.05pm, arrive Bright 4.35pm

Price is about $40 off peak one way. Sometimes this price is reduced if you book in advance. Bookings should be made with V-line (www.vline.com.au, or by phoning 1800 800007 from within Australia). We will pick you up in Bright on Anderson St at the bus terminus (stop) at 4 pm.

 Travel at the end of the walk

We will transfer you to Bright to your car or for public transport connections. Bright to Melbourne has several V-line services. The most convenient one departs at 11.23am, arriving in Melbourne at 4.07pm. There are also others at less convenient times. The price is about $50 per adult one way.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For this trip it is advisable to have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

CONTACT

If you have any questions about the Great Alpine Walk, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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DEPARTURE DATES

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    PRICE
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    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Dec 2024 - 20 Apr 2025
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    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $455

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  1. Christine W

    5 July, 2022 at 12:18 PM
    5

    An amazing adventure from beginning to end. We were blessed with magnificent weather & the wildflowers were at their best as we traversed different sections of the Victorian highlands. Our walking notes were easily understood & at no time felt out of our depth, except maybe day 2, when we huffed & puffed to the top of the spur that would eventually lead us to Mount Hotham. Perfect accommodation & brilliant food & friendly service by Nelse Lodge Falls Creek set us up for the start of our trek. The General at Mount Hotham again perfect apartment, friendly & helpful staff, plus the Harrietville Hotel/Motel, we can’t say enough for these high country establishments. Very grateful to Auswalk for creating this fabulous adventure in nature including the best country hospitality one could ask for.

  2. Alain H

    5 July, 2022 at 11:31 AM
    5

    We have just completed the 6 Day Alpine Self-Guided Walk. The logistics support and planning from Auswalk made it a thoroughly enjoyable trip, ensuring we optimise the experience. The material (guides, map, lunch boxes, nets) was very helpful, the accommodation was very comfortable and the hosts very friendly and hospitable. The Alpine National Park is an amazing area to explore. Auswalk ensures you get the most of it!

  3. Sue M

    1 July, 2022 at 1:03 PM
    4

    The organisation of this walk was excellent, the accommodation comfortable and the meals very good (especially Diana Lodge at Falls Creek). The walk notes were accurate and easy to follow, but tended to underestimate the time needed, the degree of up and down, and the difficulty level.

  4. Roger F

    11 February, 2021 at 12:53 PM
    5

    What a fabulous trip – amazing hiking country and the alpine flowers in bloom made it stunningly pretty! We loved visiting the old cattlemen huts along the way and learning about the gold mining history of the region. All the accommodation and transport arrangements worked smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about a thing! Great standard of accommodation and food along the way and the local Auswalk contacts were so friendly, helpful, and supportive and very flexible to ensure our needs were met! Their local knowledge was invaluable. We felt very well looked after! Would definitely recommend this walk!

  5. Paul R

    11 February, 2021 at 11:23 AM
    5

    Overall we really enjoyed the walk and will consider other Auswalk itineraries. Notes were generally excellent. Meals and packed lunches were very good. All providers were very friendly and helpful, even when disorganised. Standout was Lisa at Diana Lodge – fantastic service. Thank you

  6. Peter P

    10 February, 2021 at 6:35 PM
    5

    Great Alpine Walk. My wife and I, in our late 60s, did this walk January 2021. It was awesome from all perspectives. Each day’s walking was interesting and varied, and there was a good mix of moderate as well as quite challenging walking. The accommodation and selection of hosts to look after us was first class and a real highlight of the experience.

    Lots of organising goes into supporting such a walk, and Auswalk made it all happen very smoothly. We were impressed by the quality of guidance material and learned a lot about the natural and human history of the region.

    For anyone looking for a great alternative to the usual “overseas” walking experiences, this is right up there as a “must do”. Our only question to ourselves was, “why hadn’t we done this before?”

  7. Dan M

    11 November, 2020 at 2:58 PM
    5

    This is a great walk, incorporating the Alpine areas in NE Victoria. None of the walk was affected by the recent bushfires in the area. Accommodation options are excellent, allowing for outback walking but comfortable accommodation and excellent meals. Don

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Trek over spectacular ridgelines, through valleys packed tight with mountain ash, high alpine forests and grassland, and past snow-capped mountains.  Enjoy the sheer diversity of landscape and the glorious views as the track winds its way from Falls Creek to Hotham and Dinner Plain.

Breathe in the fresh alpine air as you take in the dramatic views from the breathtaking Razorback Ridge and Mt Feathertop. Climb the second-highest peak in Victoria. The hike from Falls Creek to Mount Hotham via the Cobungra Valley is probably one of the best hikes the Alps has to offer and provides a real sense of accomplishment.

Highlights

  • Incredible views from Mt Tabletop over the valley
  • Hike the Razorback to Mount Feathertop
  • Explore the cattlemen's huts along the way
  • Opportunity to see wild brumbies – more likely than seeing people on some parts!
  • Stay in comfort and be treated with mountain hospitality

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Chance to ride out on longer walks greater than 12km. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.  C

PRICE FROM
$ 2395

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 455

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6

DAY 1
BRIGHT AND WALK ALONG OVENS RIVER

The walk starts in Bright any time before 4.00 pm. There’s no walking scheduled for today, however, there is a nice walk along the Ovens River that passes through the middle of town if you arrive early.  We will arrange for you to be met at 4.00 pm in Bright and be driven to Falls Creek where you will stay tonight. If you have driven your own vehicle, you can leave it at Bright. We will pick you up from there and take you to Falls Creek.

Accommodation: Falls Creek in rooms with ensuites

Meals: None

DAY 2
ROPER LOOKOUT AND HUTS WALK TO FALLS CREEK

Today’s walking is over reasonably flat terrain, following the alpine hiking trails, along an aqueduct track and crossing gently graded snow plains. Most of the walking tracks today are also used for cross-country skiing during winter. The walk ends with a trek to the summit of Mount Roper with excellent views over Falls Creek and the Kiewa Valley; the track then continues into your Falls Creek accommodation.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 25.5km / 6 – 7 hrs / shortening this walk is possible

Meals: Breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Falls Creek in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
FALLS CREEK TO HOTHAM

There aren’t too many people who have hiked this track, even amongst the locals. You start the walk from near Cope Hut following the Alpine Walking Track, a track that is 750 km long and connects Walhalla and Canberra. Your final destination is Mount Hotham.  This is a remote hike with very little chance of seeing anyone. You are likelier to spot Brumbies, Australia’s iconic wild horses.  The walk drops into the Cobungra Valley to Dibbins Hut, where you can take your shoes off and dip your feet in the creek. From Dibbins Hut, it’s a steady climb into Mt Hotham alpine ski village. Mount Hotham is known for its powder snow and abundance of ski runs.

Walking: Challenging / 20.6km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Hotham Alpine Village in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
DINNER PLAIN VIA MNT TABLETOP TO HOTHAM

Walking from Dinner Plain into your accommodation means that you can take your time today if you wish. The alpine hiking trail meanders through snow gum forests and across thick snowgrass plains. The 12 km track to Hotham is easy, but you can add the optional 10 km return walk to the aptly named Mt Tabletop to enjoy the marvellous views down the mountain over the valley. Cattle once grazed these plains so expect to see more historic huts and even some cattle yards made by felling trees into piles.This land is the highest freehold land in Australia. The buildings are all constructed of mud-brick, weathered timber, local rock and galvanized iron.

Walking: Moderate / 12km or 24.9km / 3 or 5.5–7 hours / optional 10km short walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Hotham Alpine Village in rooms with ensuites

DAY 5
HOTHAM VIA THE RAZORBACK AND MOUNT FEATHERTOP

It’s an early start this morning. Walk the breathtaking Razorback Ridge, perhaps one of the most dramatic walking routes in Australia. As you walk along the escarpment, there are brilliant views over the mountains in both directions. Hike to the top of Mt Feathertop; this final optional steep climb to the summit is wonderful as it affords even better views all the way to Mount Bogong and over the whole Alpine Mountain Range.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 21km or 22.5km / 7–8 hrs / optional shorter walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Hotham Alpine Village in rooms with ensuites

DAY 6
PRIVATE TRANSFER BACK TO BRIGHT

The walk finishes after breakfast. If your vehicle is in Bright or if you used public transport, we will transfer you back to Bright for public transport connections.

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 6 day pack free walking holiday
  • Australia’s best alpine hiking trails
  • 5 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Breakfast, 2 chef-prepared two course dinners and 4 Walkers Lunches
  • Luggage transport and vehicle transfers
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National park admission
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • Support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The accommodations are excellent on the Great Alpine Walk, we use high quality self contained apartments all in great locations. You will have a private room at Falls Creek and Hotham Alpine Village. All rooms come with their own ensuites. Most importantly our suppliers on the ground offer a level of unsurpassed friendly service that you can only find in the mountains.

Dinners are not included while in Falls Creek as there are many great restaurants within walking distance. You will be provided with locally sourced ingredients to cook your own breakfast. During your stay in Hotham, the 2 included two-course dinners are prepared by chefs as are the cooked breakfasts.

Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial Walkers Lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A Walkers Lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

  • NIGHTS 1 & 2

  • NIGHTS 3, 4 & 5

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

ROCKY TERRAIN

Whilst preparing for walking on rocky terrain, you must focus on the development of balance, strength, and agility.

Integrate targeted strength exercises, such as lunges, squats, and step-ups, to strengthen your leg muscles, with a particular emphasis on improving stability on uneven surfaces. Balancing exercises are essential. Undertake core strength activity, coupled with exercises such as planks and Russian twists to enhance balance. As you progress, include hikes on progressively rougher terrain if you can. Additionally, the appropriate footwear with good ankle support and tread for grip are essential. Stay mindful, watch your step, and use trekking poles for added stability.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

This Great Alpine Walk starts in Bright at 4.00 pm with a transfer to Falls Creek in the late afternoon. It’s a 5-hour drive from Melbourne, with public transport services available from Melbourne. Contact us for more details. If you choose to arrive by car let us know, we can have you leave your vehicle at Bright and have you transferred to Falls Creek from there.

This is one of the more challenging inn-to-inn walks. The terrain on the alpine hiking trails is sometimes undulating, some up and down, but with various flat sections along well-marked trails. Rougher tracks progress along with gradual ascents to the summits for spectacular views, then down steeper downhill sections through snow gums to forested valleys below.

You’ll be walking an average of 18 km a day over 4 days. Those that enjoy the solitude of nature will appreciate some days where you are probably more likely to see deer and wild horses than other people.

There are four walking days on this six-day itinerary, starting in Falls Creek and ending in the village of Hotham. We include accommodation from day one to day six, breakfast each morning, packed lunches each walking day, 2 dinners, all transfers (to and from Bright as well) and comprehensive trip notes and walking maps. We transfer your luggage to the next accommodation so you can focus on enjoying the walking with just your daypack and what you need for the day.

Not included: alcohol, meals not listed in the itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

WEATHER

This walk can be done any time from the start of December to 20th April. This mountain environment is about 10–15 degrees cooler than Melbourne and Sydney, and there is a possibility of bad weather even during summer. January and February are usually warm and the alpine wildflowers are at their best. December and March are usually mild and considered by many people to be the best times to visit.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

By car

Drive to the large northern Victorian town of Wangaratta. From the Hume Highway (i.e. the old Melbourne to Sydney Rd before the Freeway was built), before the town take the exit for C522 Snow Road. After about 30 minutes, turn R onto Great Alpine Road B500. Follow this for about 40 km to Bright.

Your first accommodation is in Falls Creek. If you choose to use your own vehicle we will pick you up in Bright on Anderson St at the bus terminus (stop).

By public transport

Travel to the start of the walk

The most convenient way is via V/line. However, this service is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Buy a ticket from Melbourne to Bright through V/line. The journey is in 2 parts. First you take a train from Melbourne (Southern Cross Station) to Wangaratta, and then change to a bus for the ride to Bright. Services operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the following times: Depart Southern Cross Station (Melbourne) by train 12.05pm, arrive Bright 4.35pm

Price is about $40 off peak one way. Sometimes this price is reduced if you book in advance. Bookings should be made with V-line (www.vline.com.au, or by phoning 1800 800007 from within Australia). We will pick you up in Bright on Anderson St at the bus terminus (stop) at 4 pm.

 Travel at the end of the walk

We will transfer you to Bright to your car or for public transport connections. Bright to Melbourne has several V-line services. The most convenient one departs at 11.23am, arriving in Melbourne at 4.07pm. There are also others at less convenient times. The price is about $50 per adult one way.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For this trip it is advisable to have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

CONTACT

If you have any questions about the Great Alpine Walk, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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  1. Christine W

    5 July, 2022 at 12:18 PM
    5

    An amazing adventure from beginning to end. We were blessed with magnificent weather & the wildflowers were at their best as we traversed different sections of the Victorian highlands. Our walking notes were easily understood & at no time felt out of our depth, except maybe day 2, when we huffed & puffed to the top of the spur that would eventually lead us to Mount Hotham. Perfect accommodation & brilliant food & friendly service by Nelse Lodge Falls Creek set us up for the start of our trek. The General at Mount Hotham again perfect apartment, friendly & helpful staff, plus the Harrietville Hotel/Motel, we can’t say enough for these high country establishments. Very grateful to Auswalk for creating this fabulous adventure in nature including the best country hospitality one could ask for.

  2. Alain H

    5 July, 2022 at 11:31 AM
    5

    We have just completed the 6 Day Alpine Self-Guided Walk. The logistics support and planning from Auswalk made it a thoroughly enjoyable trip, ensuring we optimise the experience. The material (guides, map, lunch boxes, nets) was very helpful, the accommodation was very comfortable and the hosts very friendly and hospitable. The Alpine National Park is an amazing area to explore. Auswalk ensures you get the most of it!

  3. Sue M

    1 July, 2022 at 1:03 PM
    4

    The organisation of this walk was excellent, the accommodation comfortable and the meals very good (especially Diana Lodge at Falls Creek). The walk notes were accurate and easy to follow, but tended to underestimate the time needed, the degree of up and down, and the difficulty level.

  4. Roger F

    11 February, 2021 at 12:53 PM
    5

    What a fabulous trip – amazing hiking country and the alpine flowers in bloom made it stunningly pretty! We loved visiting the old cattlemen huts along the way and learning about the gold mining history of the region. All the accommodation and transport arrangements worked smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about a thing! Great standard of accommodation and food along the way and the local Auswalk contacts were so friendly, helpful, and supportive and very flexible to ensure our needs were met! Their local knowledge was invaluable. We felt very well looked after! Would definitely recommend this walk!

  5. Paul R

    11 February, 2021 at 11:23 AM
    5

    Overall we really enjoyed the walk and will consider other Auswalk itineraries. Notes were generally excellent. Meals and packed lunches were very good. All providers were very friendly and helpful, even when disorganised. Standout was Lisa at Diana Lodge – fantastic service. Thank you

  6. Peter P

    10 February, 2021 at 6:35 PM
    5

    Great Alpine Walk. My wife and I, in our late 60s, did this walk January 2021. It was awesome from all perspectives. Each day’s walking was interesting and varied, and there was a good mix of moderate as well as quite challenging walking. The accommodation and selection of hosts to look after us was first class and a real highlight of the experience.

    Lots of organising goes into supporting such a walk, and Auswalk made it all happen very smoothly. We were impressed by the quality of guidance material and learned a lot about the natural and human history of the region.

    For anyone looking for a great alternative to the usual “overseas” walking experiences, this is right up there as a “must do”. Our only question to ourselves was, “why hadn’t we done this before?”

  7. Dan M

    11 November, 2020 at 2:58 PM
    5

    This is a great walk, incorporating the Alpine areas in NE Victoria. None of the walk was affected by the recent bushfires in the area. Accommodation options are excellent, allowing for outback walking but comfortable accommodation and excellent meals. Don

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