Map of Walk Victoria's High Country including Australia

Immerse yourself in alpine scenery and gold rush history

Discover the fascinating gold rush history of Victoria’s High Country on a five-day walking adventure with time to appreciate the many different aspects of this beautiful and historically significant destination. On this trip, you’ll enjoy hikes in the Victorian Alps, including one of the best in the state, and spend each night at a charming guest house. This tour delivers a breath of fresh air with superb scenery, wildlife spotting, and a dash of local history.

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Start
Melbourne, Australia
Finish
Melbourne, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
PJXV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Hike three of Victoria’s best-known alpine walking areas: Mt Buffalo, Falls Creek and the iconic Razorback Ridge to Mount Feathertop.

  • Be treated to classic Victorian scenery with sweeping alpine vistas, snow gum meadows and fresh mountain air.

  • Unpack once and spend four nights in the same, charming accommodation in Bright, the perfect springboard to some of the region’s best hikes.

  • Explore the Victorian Alps, otherwise known as the Victorian High Country, and discover historical mountain huts built in the 1800’s.

  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner on every full day of the trip, expect delicious food that keeps you fuelled up for your treks.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a walking trip so a good fitness level will help you enjoy all the included walks and activities. We suggest doing some training including some hills and taking on some uneven terrain. If you are able to get in some longer walks in your training, a safe and rewarding walking tour awaits you!

  • This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Feb 2023 to 31 Mar 2024.
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Your adventure begins in Melbourne (Narrm in the language of the Wurundjeri people, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Melbourne is now located). You'll meet your group early this morning at 8am and then sit back and relax on the drive to Euroa where we will enjoy morning tea before continuing to Mount Buffalo National Park. With sheer cliffs, waterfalls, and sweeping views, this alpine wonderland will dazzle you with its natural beauty. After exploring some of the lower walks in the national park, we’ll get settled into our home away from home for the next four nights in Bright, on the traditional lands of the Dhudhuroa, Taungurung, Waywurru, Gunaikurnai and Jaithmathang peoples. A picturesque town on the scenic Great Alpine Road, Bright is the perfect launching pad to explore some of the region’s best walking tracks.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mount Buffalo National Park - Day walks
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you are on time for the group meeting this morning at 8am, as we head out on the road right away. Find more details in the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ section of your Essential Trip Information. Due to our early departure, please ensure you have had breakfast before joining the tour today. As we walk on the first afternoon, please wear your hiking clothes on the bus and bring your day pack ready to go.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your cosy guest house, where the atmosphere is as warm as your comfy bed each night. This morning, drive back to Mt Buffalo National Park, the traditional lands of the Taungurung peoples, to take on ‘The Big Walk’. This spectacular trek to the top of the Buffalo Plateau climbs through tall forests and granite slopes. And as the altitude increase, so too does the scenery, with sweeping views of the Australian Alps. Finish the walk at The Gorge, perched atop a 300-meter sheer cliff with incredible panoramic views over the Alps. After the walk, kick back as we drive around the top of Mount Buffalo and marvel at the incredible granite formations that rise from the plateau below. There’s plenty of wildlife that call Mount Buffalo home, so keep your eyes peeled for Lyrebirds, Eastern Rosellas, Wombats and Swamp Wallabies. After a big day of exploring the national park, head back to your cosy guesthouse for dinner with your group.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mount Buffalo National Park - The Big Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walk is approximately 11 kilometres.
After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a slightly easier hike in the alpine meadows of the Bogong High Plains to the summit of Mount Nelse where you’ll admire the surrounding views. Follow parts of the 650km Australian Alpine Walking Track, on the traditional lands of the Taungurung & Gunaikurnai peoples, that winds along ridges and plains in the high country of Victoria and New South Wales. Plus, visit one of the famous mountain huts of the Victorian high country. Many of these huts, dotted across the high country, were built in the 1800’s and form part of the region’s heritage.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alpine National Park - Falls Creek & Bogong High Plains walks
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walk is approximately 14 kilometres.
Today it’s time for the walk everyone has been waiting for – one of the most iconic walks in Victoria, the Razorback Ridge. Mount Feathertop is the second-highest mountain in Victoria, nearly two kilometres high and usually covered in snow from June to September. After a short drive, we’ll commence our hike via the Razorback Walk, one of Victoria’s most famous and rewarding walks, which leads to ‘The Cross’ where we’ll stop for a well-deserved lunch. From here, you can choose to walk the steep summit of Mount Feathertop where the views stretch on forever. Regardless of whether you continue to the top, you’ll enjoy some of the best views, from one of the best day walks in Australia today. Tonight, swap travel stories with your fellow group members as you enjoy your final dinner together at a beautiful local spot.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alpine National Park - Mt Feathertop Summit walk
  • Alpine National Park - The Razorback Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walk is approximately 22 kilometres.
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely morning in town or lace up your hiking boots one last time and explore the Canyon Walk. Keep an eye out for birds and wildflowers as you enjoy views of the small canyon carved by the Ovens River and see water races dug by the region’s early miners. If you’ve done enough walking for one week, you might like to simply soak up the quaint town atmosphere and let life pass you by from a local café or artisan boutique. Then, we’ll make our way back to Melbourne, where our walking adventure comes to an end.
Included Activities
  • Bright - Ovens River to Bright Canyon walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, walking

Accommodation

Guesthouse (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Mount Buffalo National Park - Day walks
  • Mount Buffalo National Park - The Big Walk
  • Alpine National Park - Falls Creek & Bogong High Plains walks
  • Alpine National Park - Mt Feathertop Summit walk
  • Alpine National Park - The Razorback Walk
  • Bright - Ovens River to Bright Canyon walk

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

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.

OPERATOR
This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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