March 18, 2020 / By Oceana Setaysha
Victoria’s High Country is a walker’s paradise, with a wealth of beautiful walking tracks and trails meandering over the hills, through the valleys and across the plains of this stunning region. For their efforts, walkers are often rewarded with picturesque scenery, jaw-dropping vistas, incredible flora and fauna and other natural experiences abound.
Of course, with so many amazing trails to try in the area, how are walkers to make a decision on where to go?
Here we’ve compiled some of our favourite day walks in the High Country region. These walks can be done all be done in a day and cover a wide variety of interests and walking ability. Remember to always double check access in the High Country, as areas can become inaccessible due to snow or fires.
Bright To Wandiligong Walk (6 km, 2.5 hrs)
There may not be all that much happening in Wandiligong these days, but in the gold rush the village was home to 3000 people, all on the lookout for nature’s treasure. These days, walkers taking the trail from Bright to Wandiligong can see many historical remnants of the goldfields, and learn about the history of the area.
A number of buildings have been very authentically restored, including the post office, library and school. Starting at Dougherty’s Bridge in Bright and finishing at Alpine Park in Wandiligong, this hike is a must for history enthusiasts!
Mount Buller to Mt Stirling Trail (7 km, 2.5hrs one way)
Beginning at the Mt Buller Ski Village and ending on her sister peak, Mt Stirling, this 7km trail is an adventure through alpine ash and snow gum forests, with view that are simply spectacular. Take some time to explore and enjoy the outstanding vistas of Crosscut Saw, Mount Buller and Mount Buffalo, and keep your eye out for Craigs’ Hut, which was a film set for iconic The Man From Snowy River. The trail takes about 2.5hrs one way, and the return trip is a solid 14km.
Euroa Apex Walking Track (6.8 km, 2.5 - 3hrs)
Established in 1988 as a Bicentennial Project by the Euroa Apex Club, this walking track is a fantastic 6.8km circuit trail along beautiful Seven Creeks. Beginning at Seven Creeks Formal Park and following the creek’s path, walkers cross at the Rockies on the southern end before making their way back and crossing at Butter Factory Bridge on the northern end.
Some 53 species of birds have been spotted and identified along the creek environment, but walkers should also keep their eyes peeled for koalas, platypus, echidnas and more!
Mt Glenrowan (9km, 3hrs return)
This scenic hike takes walkers to the top of Mount Glenrowan, a perfect location to see the stunning vistas out over the Ovens, King Valley and Victorian Alps.
Beginning from Taminick Gap and following the Ridge Track all the way to the summit, the Mt Glenrowan hike is moderate to easy, with the exception of one steep sealed road section at the beginning.
Gorge Scenic Walk (6km 2.5 hrs)
There are some beautiful gorges in the High Country, and the Gorge Scenic Walk near Beechworth is definitely one to see. This trail is a chance to explore one of Victoria’s richest goldfields, now a delightful landscape of waterfalls and bushland bursting with life.
Features on this trail include the impressive granite Newtown Bridge, build in 1875 by stonemasons out of Scotland, as well as the Rocky Mountain gold mining tunnel and the aptly named Precipice, showcasing views over the Reids Creek goldfield and Fiddes Quarry. A loop trail, the Gorge Scenic Walk starts and finishes at the Beechworth Visitors Centre.
Mount Beauty River Walk (Kiewa River Swimming Area, 4km, 1hr)
Much loved by water sports enthusiasts and fisherman, the Kiewa River is well-known in the Alpine region, but if you’re looking for a walk with your swim the Mount Beauty River Walk is a great option. A short 1-hour hike of around 4km, walkers take a slow winding wander along the Kiewa River to Pebble Beach. There are lovely views of Mount Bogong, and a good sized pool at the end to cool your feet and have a splash before heading back.
St Leonards/Granthams Walk (4 km, 1hr)
A very easy walk along the banks of the Murray River, the St Leonards walk showcases this gorgeous section of the Murray featuring a lovely natural lagoon. Walkers will love the native flora and fauna along the trail (which can be done as a walk or on a bike), and there is also birdlife including a resident pelican named Pierre.
Blowhard Spur (7 km, 2.5hrs return)
Setting off from the carpark at Wallaby Bay, the Lake Eildon circuit walk heads along the edge of the lake to Cook Point before going up to summit Blowhard Spur. There are great views of the lake as well as Mt Buller off into the distance, and walkers will enjoy spotting the native wildlife, including black-tailed wallabies, grey kangaroos and more. A moderate track, which does end with a steep descent back to the carpark, this is a fantastic short option.
Mt Stirling Summit Interpretive Loop (12.3 km, 1 day)
There’s something so delightful about a meandering track that makes its way through the rugged alpine terrain, which is exactly what walkers will find on the Mt Stirling Summit Interpretive Loop. A considerable 12.3km hike, the trail starts and ends at the Kind Saddle Shelter.
In between walkers have a chance to explore different vegetation zones, keep their eye out for unique flora and fauna, and enjoy beautiful views all while learning about the history of the area. The walk is not accessible during the snow season.
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