Victoria’s High Country region encompasses an extensive area of alpine mountain terrain about 380km north-east of Melbourne. This walk traverses diverse landscapes of forests, alpine grassland, winters snow-blanketed mountains, precipitous ridges and high plains. There is much to discover about the area’s rich pioneering history, from settlement by cattle graziers and the beginning of the Hydro-Electric Power Scheme to pre-European history as an important seasonal migration path for indigenous Australians.
From our base in Falls Creek, we will access the Bogong High Plains, an area of high undulating country interspersed with streams and granite outcrops that are snow-covered during winter. Above the snow gum treeline, the plains are covered with herb fields and grasslands resplendent in summer. After the snow melt alpine wildflowers such as alpine marsh-marigold, mountain heath-myrtle, yellow kunzea and shaggy peas, mint bush, snow and silver daisies together with everlastings put on a brilliant display. Snow gums have gnarled and twisted trunks, ridged branches and a patterned white and pink bark.
3 DAY OPTION:
Please note groups can organise a 3-day version of this walk. Fly into Albury the day prior to the tour. The morning of the tour you will be met and transferred to Falls Creek to start your tour, with the two short walks included on your first day.
A Pack Free Walking Experience
This walking holiday has been designed for those looking for a guided multi-day walking experience where everything is taken care of for you. Our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire tour, as our tours are designed to be pack-free experiences. This is a big advantage for our guests, in that you will avoid carrying a heavy rucksack on your back every day. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle, camera and lunch.
3 nights luxury at the fabulous QT Falls Creek Hotel
Situated at pretty Falls Creek is the stylish boutique QT Falls Creek Resort. Our guests will stay in a modern designer one bedroom apartments offering magnificent alpine views.
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10 people.
Our guides are proudly 100% Victorian. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guides have grown up walking the trails of Victoria. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative.
Fabulous meals featuring local produce
You’ll be delighted with the meals on this tour. Enjoy a la carte dining each night in the Hotel Restaurant, featuring fresh local produce and superb Victorian wines.r54c
Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. During your evening meals, you won’t need to put your hand in your pocket to pay for wine as this is included in the price of the tour. Everything down to the smallest detail has been taken care of, we won’t even ask you to pay additional credit card fees.
Photos courtesy of Victorian Tourism and David Kirkland, David Hannah and Peter Dunphy
Please note groups can organise a 3-day version of this tour, flying into Albury the night before the tour. On the first morning of your tour, you will be met and transferred to Falls Creek (1 hour 45 minute transfer) to start your walk.
Meet your Life’s An Adventure representative in the foyer of the Grand Chancellor Melbourne at 7.00am. From here we drive north with stops at Euroa and Bright on the way to Falls Creek. On arrival, we head out on our walks from the Wallaces Hut Track head just beyond Falls Creek on this lovely, historic circuit walk. These huts are amongst the oldest on the Bogong High Plains. Wallaces Hut, dating from 1889, is classified by the National Trust and is a stunning piece of bush architecture. Built by brother Arthur, Stewart and William Wallace using snow gum drop-log construction it originally had split woolybutt shingles on the roof. The internal rafters carry the carved names of cattlemen and visitors. Cope Hut, the only hut on the high plains built specifically for ski-tourers, dates from 1929 and is equally enthralling. The hut was called “The Menzies of the High Plains” by early skiers because of its size and comfort.
Our accommodation for the next two nights is at the stylish QT Hotel in a stylish one bedroom apartment. Tonight our accommodation, where we have time to relax before joining the group for dinner in the restaurant featuring local produce and Victorian wines
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel restaurant before heading out on the day’s adventures. An easy climb over the Bogong High Plains leads to an old cattle yard and stream at Tawonga Huts, with impressive views of Mt Feathertop and The Jaithmathangs along the way. We start today’s walk along the Mt Fainter Fire Track from Pretty Valley Pondage to Tawonga Huts where we stop for morning tea and on to Mt Jaimathang for lunch. These huts nestle in a small snow plain below the rocky top of the mountain ahead. On the return trip, guests can choose to return to the vehicle on the Mt Fainter track at 13km, for those who are keen to continue we walk back along the trail and then find the summit of Mt Jim after some steady but not steep climbing. After our walk, we return to our accommodation with time to relax before joining the group for an a la carte dinner in the hotel restaurant served with Australian wines.
This morning enjoy a hearty breakfast before we head out walking. A pleasant stroll through grassy plains and snow gum forest on our final morning leads to two huts with an interesting history. Each was named after graziers who ran cattle on the nearby plains. The original Fitzgerald Hut was one of the oldest and most appealing of the cattlemen’s huts in the Alpine National Park. It was destroyed by fire in December 1991, but skilfully rebuilt in 1993 using salvaged and recycled timbers. Later we return to our accommodation with time to relax before dinner in the restaurant. Enjoy a la carte dining accompanied with local wine.
This morning enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out on our last day of walking. Located in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, Woolshed Falls is a popular destination for nature lovers and history buffs. The area was once the centre of one of the richest goldfields in Australia, where up to 8,000 prospectors camped along the banks of Spring Creek, in search of their fortune. The bushranger Ned Kelly had many links with Beechworth – he spent time in HM Prison Beechworth and gang members Aaron Sherritt and Joe Byrne came from the Woolshed mining camp.
The falls are a ten-minute drive north from Beechworth, where you can view the cascading falls, and take a self-guided walk around the alluvial gold workings. An observation deck provides views to falls and the valley below, which is particularly spectacular after heavy rainfalls.
Lunch will follow at The Press Room Wine Bar created from a passion for great food, delivered in a beautiful setting with warm professional service. Set in the historic printery, The Press Room Wine Bar makes the most of the historic setting, with its open fire in the Twisted Chimney Lounge for a pre-dinner drink or perhaps a muscat and coffee after dinner. The menu is Spanish-inspired Tapas and changes regularly to reflect seasonal produce and to present a fresh and vibrant offering. The wine list features heavily with wines from Beechworth and surrounds and some Spanish wines and craft beers.
Afterwards, we make the return journey to Melbourne, arriving at the Grand Chancellor at approximately 5.30pm
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A departure date of your choice is available for groups of 10-12 people. Subject to availability. Free Group T’shirts also available – see details.
A 3 day version is also available for this tour for groups flying into Albury the day before. (1 hours 45 minute transfer to Falls Creek allowing us to fit in two walks on this day). Enquire for price. Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Singles that want their own room in a two bedroom apartment add $452. Note you will still share the apartment with two other travellers, with a shared lounge, laundry and kitchen but will have your own bedroom.
For those couples wanting to upgrade to a 1 bedroom Apartment please add $130 per couple.
PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: In order to receive the $100 Past Passenger Discount, you must state on your booking each tour you have been on with Life’s An Adventure and what year, so we can cross check these details for each client. Please note our Reservation staff will apply this discount manually, so select “Deposit Only” at the booking checkout stage (even if choosing a Super Earlybird price) and will send you a payment link for the remaining payment once the discount is applied.
EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIALS CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking.
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