Self-guided

OVERVIEW

Few places in Australia offer such a diversity of pristine scenery and hiking options as the Victorian Alps. This inn-to-inn walk traverses striking landscapes of alpine forests, grassland, snow-blanketed mountains, precipitous ridges and high plains. The alpine hiking trails cover some of the most spectacular sections of the 700km Alpine Walking Track from Walhalla to Canberra.

With each breath of fresh alpine air, the stresses of modern life will slowly be left behind. Take in dramatic views from the breathtaking Razorback Ridge to Mt Feathertop, the second highest peak in Victoria. The undulating ridge walk is complemented beautifully by the decent through stunning Mountain Ash forest to Harrietville. The walk from Hotham to Falls Creek via the Cobungra Valley, Derrick Hut and Dibbins Hut is not only epic but provides a real sense of accomplishment.

The Great Alpine walk is an epic immersive mountain experience where you will be supported by our team on the ground all the way. At the end of each day you’ll have the luxury of having a hot shower, a chef prepared dinner and breakfast and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed, rising refreshed and primed for each day.

Importantly, there are additional short walks in the area for those who need more exercise.

Note: We highly recommend taking a rest day at Dinner Plain.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2495

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

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
BRIGHT AND WALK ALONG OVENS RIVER

Start in Bright any time after 2pm. 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 enough you’ll also have time to explore the small township of Bright.

Accommodation: Motel in Bright in rooms with ensuites

DAY 2
AQUEDUCT TRAIL TO FALLS CREEK VIA WALLACE'S AND COPE'S HUT

After a transfer high into the mountains, the walk begins by following an easy Aqueduct Trail connected to one of Australia’s early hydro-electricity schemes, built between the 1930s and 50s. Mountain cattlemen’s huts feature prominently on this holiday and today you’ll visit the oldest in Victoria – Wallace’s Hut. The ancient snow gum trees here are twisted and gnarled by centuries of harsh winters. After rain or fog, these tree trunks change colour to brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow and green. After lunch, walk along the southern edge of Rocky Valley Dam, before climbing to Falls Creek ski resort.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 14km / 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course dinner

Accommodation: Ski Lodge Falls Creek in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
ROPER LOOKOUT AND HUTS WALK TO FALLS CREEK

An easier walking day, following more alpine hiking trails along an aqueduct track and crossing gently graded snow plains. All the walking terrain yesterday and today provides superb cross-country skiing during winter. The day ends with a trek to the summit of a small peak with a fine view over Falls Creek and the Kiewa Valley before strolling along another aqueduct trail back to the village.

Walking: Moderate / 21km / 6 hrs / shorter walk available

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

Accommodation: Ski Lodge Falls Creek in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
FALLS CREEK (PRETTY VALLEY) TO HOTHAM

Follow a section of the Alpine Walking Track (750 km between Walhalla and Canberra) all the way to Mt Hotham. Very few people have done this bushwalk, even amongst the locals. You certainly won’t see many people out here, in fact, you are more likely to see brumbies, Australia’s iconic wild horses. Along the way, drop steeply down to the Cobungra River and Dibbins Hut (sometimes also called Creep-Inn – you’ll see why), then back through the Mt Hotham alpine ski village. Skiers flock to Hotham for its powder snow. It is easy to see how the surrounding steep valleys would provide protection from strong winter winds, allowing snow to settle gently into deep drifts.

Walking: Challenging / 22km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course dinner

Accommodation: Hotham Alpine Village in rooms with ensuites

DAY 5
HOTHAM TO DINNER PLAIN VIA MNT TABLETOP

Today’s alpine hiking trail meanders through snow gum forests and across thick snowgrass plains, with many spring wildflowers. The standard 10 km track to Dinner Plain is easy, but you can also add an optional 9 km return walk to the aptly named Mt Tabletop. Cattle grazed these plains until recently, and you’ll see historic huts and even some cattle yards made by felling trees into piles. You’ll walk into Dinner Plain, the highest freehold land in Australia, where every building is constructed of mud brick, weathered timber, local rock and galvanized iron. You can build anything you like there, so long as it resembles a cattleman’s hut.

Many of our walkers have suggested that you take a rest day at Dinner Plain. This allows you to recover from a couple of big walking days. There are short walks close to the village. We can arrange an extra night for you.

Walking: Moderate / 19km / 6–7 hours / optional 10km short walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Dinner Plain  in rooms with ensuites

DAY 6
HOTHAM TO HARRIETVILLE VIA THE RAZORBACK AND MOUNT FEATHERTOP

After an early start, you’ll be transferred to the breathtaking Razorback Ridge, surely one of the most dramatic walking routes in Australia. As you walk along it, Mt Feathertop gradually looms more and more impressively. The final optional steep climb to the summit is wonderful. The rest of the day is spent walking down the gently graded Bungalow spur, covered by tall and most impressive mountain ash trees, to the township of Harrietville. The town was built on mine tailings created by a huge dredge called the Tronah Monster, which was sold to a tin miner in Malaysia in the 1930s. Today it’s a friendly holiday village with a laid-back atmosphere.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 22km / 6–8 hrs / optional shorter walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: B&B in Harrietville or Harrietville Hotel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 7
PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM HARRIETVILLE TO BRIGHT

The trip ends after breakfast when you will be transferred back to Bright to either your vehicle or public transport connections.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 7 day pack free walking holiday
  • Australia’s best alpine hiking trails
  • 6 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Cooked breakfasts, 3 chef prepared two course dinners and 5 substantial 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
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The accommodations are excellent on this the Great Alpine Walk, with quality ski Lodges, hotels and bed and breakfasts all in excellent locations. More importantly, the hosts have been part of our partner network for 20 years or more and offer a level of unsurpassed friendly service that you can only find in the mountains. Private rooms at Bright, Harreitville, Dinner Plain and the Ski Lodge at Falls Creek and Hotham Alpine Village come with their own ensuites.

The two course dinners are prepared by chefs and your host on one night, 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).

GENERAL INFO

This Great Alpine Walk starts and finishes in Bright. It’s a 5-hour drive from Melbourne, with public transport services available from the city. Contact us for more details.

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 a great deal of flat sections along well-marked trails. Rougher tracks progress along 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 17 km a day over five 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 five walking days on this seven day itinerary, starting in Bright and ending in the village of Harrietville. We include accommodation from day one to day six, plus most meals, transfers and comprehensive trip notes and walking maps. Each day 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 is the alcohol, meals not listed in 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.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

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.

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

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Dec 2019 - 20 Apr 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $455

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  1. JessH087

    20 March, 2016 at 12:26 PM
    5

    My mum, sister and I did the self guided Great Alpine Walk just before Easter. The walk is a selection of stunning tracks across the Vic Alps. Aside from the walk being brilliant – Aus walks were amazing to deal with. Everything, at every stage was managed expertly. Booking the trip was painless. The accommodation and hosts were delightful. The food was excellent (not ‘basic’ as it was sometimes described in the notes, perhaps ‘rustic’ is a better term!). Can recommend highly enough!

  2. gdixonrb

    29 March, 2016 at 3:52 AM
    5

    The Great Alpine Walk by Auswalks traverses spectacular country in the Victorian Alps. Every phase of the organisation of the walk by Auswalks was faultless. The booking staff were always friendly and helpful, even when we changed our plan midway to skip our rest day. The accommodation and hosts were fantastic in the Alpine region. It was just so relaxing to walk at our own pace with all the details taken care of and fantastic notes to guide us along the way.

Overview

OVERVIEW

Few places in Australia offer such a diversity of pristine scenery and hiking options as the Victorian Alps. This inn-to-inn walk traverses striking landscapes of alpine forests, grassland, snow-blanketed mountains, precipitous ridges and high plains. The alpine hiking trails cover some of the most spectacular sections of the 700km Alpine Walking Track from Walhalla to Canberra.

With each breath of fresh alpine air, the stresses of modern life will slowly be left behind. Take in dramatic views from the breathtaking Razorback Ridge to Mt Feathertop, the second highest peak in Victoria. The undulating ridge walk is complemented beautifully by the decent through stunning Mountain Ash forest to Harrietville. The walk from Hotham to Falls Creek via the Cobungra Valley, Derrick Hut and Dibbins Hut is not only epic but provides a real sense of accomplishment.

The Great Alpine walk is an epic immersive mountain experience where you will be supported by our team on the ground all the way. At the end of each day you’ll have the luxury of having a hot shower, a chef prepared dinner and breakfast and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed, rising refreshed and primed for each day.

Importantly, there are additional short walks in the area for those who need more exercise.

Note: We highly recommend taking a rest day at Dinner Plain.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2495

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 7

DAY 1
BRIGHT AND WALK ALONG OVENS RIVER

Start in Bright any time after 2pm. 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 enough you’ll also have time to explore the small township of Bright.

Accommodation: Motel in Bright in rooms with ensuites

DAY 2
AQUEDUCT TRAIL TO FALLS CREEK VIA WALLACE'S AND COPE'S HUT

After a transfer high into the mountains, the walk begins by following an easy Aqueduct Trail connected to one of Australia’s early hydro-electricity schemes, built between the 1930s and 50s. Mountain cattlemen’s huts feature prominently on this holiday and today you’ll visit the oldest in Victoria – Wallace’s Hut. The ancient snow gum trees here are twisted and gnarled by centuries of harsh winters. After rain or fog, these tree trunks change colour to brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow and green. After lunch, walk along the southern edge of Rocky Valley Dam, before climbing to Falls Creek ski resort.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 14km / 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course dinner

Accommodation: Ski Lodge Falls Creek in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
ROPER LOOKOUT AND HUTS WALK TO FALLS CREEK

An easier walking day, following more alpine hiking trails along an aqueduct track and crossing gently graded snow plains. All the walking terrain yesterday and today provides superb cross-country skiing during winter. The day ends with a trek to the summit of a small peak with a fine view over Falls Creek and the Kiewa Valley before strolling along another aqueduct trail back to the village.

Walking: Moderate / 21km / 6 hrs / shorter walk available

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

Accommodation: Ski Lodge Falls Creek in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
FALLS CREEK (PRETTY VALLEY) TO HOTHAM

Follow a section of the Alpine Walking Track (750 km between Walhalla and Canberra) all the way to Mt Hotham. Very few people have done this bushwalk, even amongst the locals. You certainly won’t see many people out here, in fact, you are more likely to see brumbies, Australia’s iconic wild horses. Along the way, drop steeply down to the Cobungra River and Dibbins Hut (sometimes also called Creep-Inn – you’ll see why), then back through the Mt Hotham alpine ski village. Skiers flock to Hotham for its powder snow. It is easy to see how the surrounding steep valleys would provide protection from strong winter winds, allowing snow to settle gently into deep drifts.

Walking: Challenging / 22km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course dinner

Accommodation: Hotham Alpine Village in rooms with ensuites

DAY 5
HOTHAM TO DINNER PLAIN VIA MNT TABLETOP

Today’s alpine hiking trail meanders through snow gum forests and across thick snowgrass plains, with many spring wildflowers. The standard 10 km track to Dinner Plain is easy, but you can also add an optional 9 km return walk to the aptly named Mt Tabletop. Cattle grazed these plains until recently, and you’ll see historic huts and even some cattle yards made by felling trees into piles. You’ll walk into Dinner Plain, the highest freehold land in Australia, where every building is constructed of mud brick, weathered timber, local rock and galvanized iron. You can build anything you like there, so long as it resembles a cattleman’s hut.

Many of our walkers have suggested that you take a rest day at Dinner Plain. This allows you to recover from a couple of big walking days. There are short walks close to the village. We can arrange an extra night for you.

Walking: Moderate / 19km / 6–7 hours / optional 10km short walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Dinner Plain  in rooms with ensuites

DAY 6
HOTHAM TO HARRIETVILLE VIA THE RAZORBACK AND MOUNT FEATHERTOP

After an early start, you’ll be transferred to the breathtaking Razorback Ridge, surely one of the most dramatic walking routes in Australia. As you walk along it, Mt Feathertop gradually looms more and more impressively. The final optional steep climb to the summit is wonderful. The rest of the day is spent walking down the gently graded Bungalow spur, covered by tall and most impressive mountain ash trees, to the township of Harrietville. The town was built on mine tailings created by a huge dredge called the Tronah Monster, which was sold to a tin miner in Malaysia in the 1930s. Today it’s a friendly holiday village with a laid-back atmosphere.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 22km / 6–8 hrs / optional shorter walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: B&B in Harrietville or Harrietville Hotel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 7
PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM HARRIETVILLE TO BRIGHT

The trip ends after breakfast when you will be transferred back to Bright to either your vehicle or public transport connections.

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 7 day pack free walking holiday
  • Australia’s best alpine hiking trails
  • 6 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Cooked breakfasts, 3 chef prepared two course dinners and 5 substantial 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
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The accommodations are excellent on this the Great Alpine Walk, with quality ski Lodges, hotels and bed and breakfasts all in excellent locations. More importantly, the hosts have been part of our partner network for 20 years or more and offer a level of unsurpassed friendly service that you can only find in the mountains. Private rooms at Bright, Harreitville, Dinner Plain and the Ski Lodge at Falls Creek and Hotham Alpine Village come with their own ensuites.

The two course dinners are prepared by chefs and your host on one night, 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).

General Info

GENERAL INFO

This Great Alpine Walk starts and finishes in Bright. It’s a 5-hour drive from Melbourne, with public transport services available from the city. Contact us for more details.

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 a great deal of flat sections along well-marked trails. Rougher tracks progress along 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 17 km a day over five 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 five walking days on this seven day itinerary, starting in Bright and ending in the village of Harrietville. We include accommodation from day one to day six, plus most meals, transfers and comprehensive trip notes and walking maps. Each day 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 is the alcohol, meals not listed in 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.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

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.

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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    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Dec 2019 - 20 Apr 2021
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    from

    $2495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $455
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  1. JessH087

    20 March, 2016 at 12:26 PM
    5

    My mum, sister and I did the self guided Great Alpine Walk just before Easter. The walk is a selection of stunning tracks across the Vic Alps. Aside from the walk being brilliant – Aus walks were amazing to deal with. Everything, at every stage was managed expertly. Booking the trip was painless. The accommodation and hosts were delightful. The food was excellent (not ‘basic’ as it was sometimes described in the notes, perhaps ‘rustic’ is a better term!). Can recommend highly enough!

  2. gdixonrb

    29 March, 2016 at 3:52 AM
    5

    The Great Alpine Walk by Auswalks traverses spectacular country in the Victorian Alps. Every phase of the organisation of the walk by Auswalks was faultless. The booking staff were always friendly and helpful, even when we changed our plan midway to skip our rest day. The accommodation and hosts were fantastic in the Alpine region. It was just so relaxing to walk at our own pace with all the details taken care of and fantastic notes to guide us along the way.

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