The rest of the day across the Crosscut Saw and Mt Howitt was Pan-O-Ramic. Lots more Brumbies on the plains. I just dumped my pack and walked straight in for a swim☺ 800m climb, 490 descent including 5 km off track across The Rolling Plains. The Australian Alps Walking Track is a long distance walking trail through the alpine areas of Victoria, New South Wales and ACT. You can read all of the Australia articles published. Also great for a swim. More good weather for the day. Of course we need to be able to find them, so we take a gps waypoint and a photo as well as a bearing from a nearby landmark. Just another 1200m of climbing for the day. A long day for us all. This is more obvious along this piece of track than ever as we can now see All of our objectives – The Viking,  The Razor, Mt Speculation, The Crosscut saw, Mt Howitt. We set up camp by 2.00pm. Make sure to watch out for dingoes, and feral pig dogs. There is over 27,000 metres of climbing and descending. We are now over the 100km mark . Colin did this track with some other equally crazy members of the Victorian Mountain Tramping Club (VMTC) in November/December 2016. Hut. We have now been walking for four weeks, two to go☺ The track crosses the dry Barry Mountains, past Mt Hotham, and then crosses the Bogong High Plains, home to Victoria’s highest peak, Mt Bogong, 1, 986 metres above sea level. We left the comfort of Hotham with mixed feelings. Off to the usual 7.00am start. We are not following the standard Aawt route as it just follows the road through Perisher and Guthega. Three of us did the 5 km 500m climb side trip to Mt Bimberi. Im walking on Australias toughest and most beautiful mainland hiking trail the 660km Australian Alps Walking Track. Day 38 It will take us a couple of days. He wanted to know if we were “moving on”. Day 23 Top of 30 today. Arrived at Ghost Gully camping area at about 2pm and set up camp just as the storms started. Day 26 While yellow markers are visible in densely forested areas of Victoria, certain wilderness areas do not have markers. Day 33 pt 2 Day 34 So we are up with the sun now at 5.30am each day. Bucketed rain most of the night but cleared before we had to pack up . Passed the 400km mark today We camped tonight at our first food drop Blue Water holes. Day 33 Forecast was for a sunny day. Very well preserved. Someone else cooked it, and it wasn’t dehydrated. It’s interesting to see the difference between a week long walk and four weeks. We are heading to the source of the Murray river and the start of the Black- Allan line. So for Xmas day we traversed the Baw-Baw plateau. Camped at O’Keefe’s hut for the night, just below Mt Jagungal. Really pretty country, lots of snow gums. Got woken up at about 2.30 am by log trucks. Then descended to camp at Black River. Total length including side trips – 720km We have decided that 7.00 am is good time to start walking each day. The book I ordered before I left about hiking the Te-Araroa trail in NZ (3000km) has arrived, looks like a great trip, maybe at the end of 2017 after Pauline finishes her contract??? Forded the Murrambidgi river today. Beau Miles laces up for a different kind of world first, running 650+km of the Australian Alpine Walking Track. The weather looks good for the next few days. We all ran for it and waited well back till the flames went out. Pigged out last night with the food drop. The first part of the AAWT adventure is to finish off the logistics. On each of the tours for couples and the single traveler you learn something different but fascinating, from Outback Queensland, the Flinders, Broken Hill and the Kimberley and the wildflowers all contribute to this question, what is the outback? The Australian Alps Walking Track is a 650km long route that passes through the mountains of Victoria and New South Wales. For mature and senior travelers considering joining a small group package tours into the outback to see, learn and explore about this unique place, not only the landscape but the Aboriginal approach to living. Staying in the Thredbo YHA for the night. Day 1 - 3 Australian Alps Walking Track ... GPS and maps to carry. It did a lap of the tents then headed off into the scrub again. Ranging from well-marked fire trail to scrambles across isolated valleys, the walk passes through the most remote parts of the Alpine National Park (Victoria), Snowy River National Park (Victoria), and Kosciuszko National Park (NSW). Make sure to boil or filter all water found along your journey. All a bit smelly, Day 13 Day 14 Fortunately for us our neighbour had guitar and could sing quite well, so we went to sleep to a few Paul Kelly songs. Odyssey Traveller is now offering a number of tours of Southeastern Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. On solo hikes it is 4.2 km per hour for the majority of my hikes, and 3.7 km per hour in the steep sections of the Australian Alps. It starts (or finishes) in Walhalla, a quaint ex-goldmining town, about 50kms from Moe in Victoria and finishes (or starts) at the Tharwa Visitor Centre, about 35kms south of the Canberra City Centre. Here, in Australia, the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) was just that. Lots of Brumbies! The first part of the AAWT adventure is to finish off the logistics. Blue skies and mild breeze, mid 20’s, so the weather couldn’t have been better☺. Saw two Copperheads on the climb. The tent was frozen up inside, so a chilly night. Day 4 Has a fantastic view across the valley. The crew had bought in lots of yummy food which was appreciated by us all. A journey of learning around the southern edges of the Murray Darling basin and up to the upper southern part of this complex river basin north of Mildura. On mountain tops, look for wedge-tailed eagles, while the final flat section is home to the eastern grey kangaroo. Plus a 1.5 km round trip with 250m climb to get water at the campsite. Great sunset. The track is a maelstrom of fallen logs and regrowth, so slow going. It was mid twenties with a bit of a breeze. Then the mother of all climbs, up the Casper Creek track and over Mt Easton. Four times as many people as we have seen from the start. The longest we have been apart. Things that don’t matter after a week really start to kick in when the trip is longer. Day 29 With the ability to destroy native habitats, brumbies are variously regarded as a dangerous pest – or an important part of our national heritage. Showers, washing machines, beds. Arrived before lunch. I also have to sort out the 1200 photos I have. We also have a number of articles about walking, including tips on preparing for a walking holiday, a guide to our walking tours, and suggestions for selecting walking shoes and socks, and women’s walking shoes. Day 20 You can learn more on a small group package tour for mature and senior travelers, couples or singles interested in the history of Victoria and Melbourne. 17 km all up today. We climbed the Infamous Mt Buggery (250m climb) in 20 mins, it’s just another bump to us now. Off into to the dry Barry mountains, so not much water for a couple of days. Bucketed rain all morning. Still has all the old magazines stuck to the wall as wallpaper. The bottle of pears in my drop says it serves 5, it lasted me about 2 minutes for the whole bottle Ian’s food drop was auctioned off between the piggies. Should get reception via Hotham, Bulla and Baw Baw. 600km mark today . Mt Bogong, the highest peak in Victoria. Had a big day 25.4km for the day. Apparently she could pat them. Camping tonight at Oldfield’s hut. Day 21 Quite a bit of snow still around,  much slower to traverse as you have to kick in steps all the time. Tonight we camped at Cascade hut. Day 25 We met a school group from Canberra grammar. Lots of grubbing around in the fire and licking. Lots of photos at the finish. This involves a lot of driving, then hiding our buckets of food under logs, far enough into the scrub that they won’t be found. We also met up with Hugh and Pauline who had a picnic of fruit and ice cream waiting for us. The Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) goes from Canberra in the ACT to Walhalla in Victoria. Saw lots more horses today. I would also like to thank Ian for allowing us to scrounge food from his drops. An Antipodean travel company serving world travellers since 1983, Australia, Clusters, Hiking & Walking, New South Wales, Victoria. Susie, the trip leader, and I, have the last two drops to do. Each night we have a chux wash in the creek and wash and dry our clothes to try and keep the smell under control. Foremost is the walk from Mt Howitt to the Viking (four days), revealing some of the most rugged and spectacular areas in the High Country. We watched a solo rider attempt to round up some Brumbies. The old town was burnt out in the 39 fires so no buildings to see. The notes showed a short-cut over the top of Mt Victor and we took a rough track that led to an open area that marked the summit then down the north side to rejoin the road in an open sunny spot suitable for lunch – clothes drying still being the primary rationale for most of our decisions. Will we still get up at 5.30am and start walking by 7.00am. The moths were cooked over coals, or ground into a paste, and have been described has having a pleasantly nutty taste. Jackie slept in the hut. For comparison Everest is only about 8200m above sea level. We got away from Canberra bright and early wed. Up up up to start the trip, a 900m climb over Mt tennent followed by gently undulating terrain for the rest of the day. Her husband who can’t hike any more was the support crew. The trail begins in the gold town of Walhalla in eastern Victoria, wanders through the Snowy Mountains of Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT, ending on the outskirts of Canberra. The trail passes right through my backyard in Kosciuszko National Park, home to our country’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. A steady climb in the morning got us to Mt Wills and the hut at the top by lunch time. Tonight we are camped at Muller Pass just below Kosciusko ready for the assault on the summit tomorrow. We spent the rest of the day at the hut while it rained and hailed out side. Then to everyone’s surprise Darryl arrived with some tape for Jackie that was missing in the drop at Camp creek. We have a tour devoted to the 19th century history of Victoria, with an emphasis on the gold rushes, and a tour of Marvellous Melbourne. Not much water at Viking Saddle. We will pass 700 km tomorrow morning All up 17 km for the day, total of 1200m climb. 21km all up for the day. Not going to be many panoramas from here on. The horses were back again in the night. Three huge climbs today. in honour of the Polish democrat and nationalist, Travellers with an interest in long distance hiking may be interested in our, Uncovering the Ancient History of Aboriginal, Mallee and Mulga: Two Iconic and Typically Inland Australian Plant Communities, The Australian Outback: A Definitive Guide, External articles to assist you on your visit to, Discover the World Heritage Sites of the southern states of Australia travelling in a, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the southern states of, We Are Explorers: Australian Alps Walking Track, Majestic Icon or Invasive Pest? We had a late start at 8.00 this morning. Forecast looks ok all the way to next Tue when we finish. Apparently you aren’t allowed to camp in this spot unless your doing the AAWT, and only for one night. Learn about the history of the people who explored the deserts, from indigenous communities to Europeans, as well as Burke and Wills, visit White Cliffs, Birdsville, Maree. Took an hour longer than expected as there is a lot of regrowth in the area so lots of scrub bashing. The first drop was at Dead Horse Gap (near Threadbo). So after a counter lunch we decided to stay the night in an apartment. Passed the 150km mark today . The 670km Australian Alps Walking Track is undoubtedly the toughest long distance walk in Australia! Mt Despair, Horrible Gap, The Terrible Hollow, Mt Exhaustion, Disappointment Ridge, Mt Mistake and Mt Misery: as you pass through the Australian Alps, you begin to notice a theme. Susie had a home made vegan Xmas pudding in her food drop. Day 27 Should be fun Much more specy off track. Day 28, We had to go right down to the water fall where there was still a small flow and three or four small pools. Had to be careful packing up the tent so it wasn’t blown away Another fine day. A lot of them came into the camp after dark. Day 40 I was 6 days into my 74 day solo trip across the Australian Alps and was traversing the catchment area of the Thompson River in the Victorian Alps. Some stats: Looking out for one another among harsh territories, the mountain code of etiquette provided that huts were always left unlocked and stocked with matches and a small amount of dry firewood and kindling. The Viking is one of my favourite mountains , Day 30 Tomorrow night we are meeting Darryl (Jackie’s partner) at Camp Creek which is just below Mt Speculation. We had about 10 other campers with us last night. Only two more sleeps to go (and 45 km). By the time we got to Mt Buggery the cloud had started to lift. The resident mouse spent all night trying to steal her food. The Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) goes from Canberra in the ACT to Walhalla in Victoria. She was fantastic, Susie had been texting her with our orders for food and strapping tape etc. It includes full track notes to the 660km route. We also have a tour devoted to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the southern states of Australia, including the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape and the Willandra Lakes, where the discovery of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man revolutionised Australian archaeology. You have to take packs off and scramble down the chimney. Will see if there are any hungry residents in the morning. No water so we had to walk about a km along the Omeo highway to find a creek. Exposure Australian Alps Walking Track A 2018 winter traverse Published 2019-03-11 12:26:22 UTC Story by Mark Oates In the middle of winter 2018 my brother Andy, a Paramedic from East Gippsland, and I, an Outdoor Education Teacher from Hobart, set out to complete a 660 kilometre, south to north, winter traverse of the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT). We are now at 660km. Hot showers, and hopefully a cooked dinner (by someone else) With a bit of luck we can use a washing machine. The Australian Alps has hundreds of fantastic trails. Then on to the next food drop at Benambra-Corryong road. After a successful traverse of the bitumen we left the cars behind at Mt St Bernard and headed west past The Twins and on to our Camp near Mt Murray. There are lots of wild horses in the area. The climbs get bigger as we go further south into Victoria. Bit of a road bash from then on to our Camp at Fiddlers Green. Lots of flames out from the top of the gas canister. Section 3 - Mt Speculation to Mt Hotham – 54.2 kilometres In April 2015 we returned to Mt Speculation to finish off from where we left off in November 2014 - the unfinished business of going over the Viking and… Although we had completed the trip twice previously (including a prior winter traverse) this would be our hardest journey. Hugh is leaving us for a tour of tassie in the car. An easy stroll past Cotter hut. Less than 100km to go, Day 36 Even in summer, weather conditions in the mountains can be unpredictable – thunderstorms are common, and snow may fall in the higher reaches of the track. Scrub bashed to the top of Mt Jagungal 500m climb took 3 hrs. Day 41 The track is 655 km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and heads north to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra. So lots of climbing under and over. I assume they are getting an early start. So bonus chocolate and other goodies all round. Stu, Pete, Steve. The walk is known for good mountain scenery and significant altitude changes. Winding 650 kilometres through Australia’s highest reaches, the Australian Alps Walking Track is one of Australia’s most challenging – and most rewarding – long walks, passing through snowy peaks, stunted snow gums, and wildflower valleys. The program examines the history of the gold rush and the wealth created that enabled the grand houses to her built that we visit. For many years bushwalking enthusiasts from the Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs and various government agencies promoted the concept of a long distance walking track from Walhalla to Canberra. Great campsite at Lime stone creek. The AAWT starts in Victoria, travels through NSW, and finishes in the ACT, travelling through Australia’s alpine regions. Guess it’s because it’s the weekend. Coln… The General Store in Walhalla issued us all certificates and a real “Alps Walking Track” metal sign for completing the walk! Lots of fish. Had up to 90km winds all night with some rain. An essential companion for anyone intending to walk the track. Don’t think she got much sleep. For couples and solo  travellers interested in learning about Aboriginal  history and the colonial explorers across the states. For those that are not familiar with it, the mountain has two peaks and looks like a Viking helmet from a distance. The Australian Alps Walking Track is with its 655 km one of the longer and more demanding Australian trails. The rain cleared by the time we got to Mt Sunday so it turned out a pleasant day after all. The discussion over dinner tonight was about how things will be when we return to civilization. Stopped at Mackie’s hut for lunch, fully furnished great hut. Day 37 Followed the ridge from High Cone across to Mt Macdonald. I have to mow the lawn today and there is lots to do in the garden. 17 km all up for the day, lots of climbing! Tomorrow we leave the last post of civilization (Hotham) till the end at Walhalla. Day 32, We all now eat a lot more than we did at the start to try and keep up the carbs required each day. Woke up to blue skies and 80km winds. I have only ever hiked for 3-4 days at a time and I have never hiked solo before so there were some new burdens to carry and weigh up! Lots of horses. A short detour here passes under the tree line to Cowombat Flat, where the mighty Murray River of the Mallee and the Fleurieu Peninsula begins as a tiny alpine stream. Not many sleeps to go till the end. Darryl arrived about 3.00pm with the food drops. No more showers, flushing toilet, washing machine, padded couch with a back on it. From Mount Kosciuszko to Canberra, the walk passes 245 kilometres, through the Main Range and over Mount Jagungal. Lots of roos! After we loaded up with 8 days food we headed up a big climb to Four Mile hut where we spent the night. Mostly on Aawt, no 4×4 tracks. Day 7 This is the highest peak in ACT. Total climb – 29,580m ( that’s 3.5 times from the ocean to the top of Mt Everest) The first peak is the 1620 metre Mt McDonald, a five-hour climb through scrub and over steep hillsides. Went as far as we could before the big climb tomorrow over Johhnys Top 800m climb, 900m descent. Koalas, wombats and kangaroos can be seen in Baw Baw National Park. Susie ordered some rain overnight which cleared before we left this morning. Bit of a climb out from Oldfield’s hut up to the Cooleman plains. They all left just after sunrise. The limestone Cooleman Plain is home to mountain creeks, disappearing under the earth only to reemerge to fill Cave Creek with freezing water at the Blue Waterholes. Camped at Glen Wills Historic Area. Day 15 Chances of being run down were higher than all the other stuff we had done! We had a visit from an 80cm Highland Copperhead snake during dinner last night. He has all sorts of goodies for us, Day 31 We have the afternoon off  Awaiting for Darryl to arrive with the goodies I hear a car engine… Have to go, Day 32 All up 19 km for the day. Happily it cleared by about 7.30am to a mostly sunny day. Tackle the Australian Alps Walking Track. Passed the 300 km mark today ☺ Don’t think he screwed the stove onto the canister properly. We are all very food focused at the moment. Lots of river crossings this morning so wet feet all around. Another sunny day. In camp by 2.30, so nana nap this afternoon. While yellow markers are visible in densely forested areas of Victoria, certain wilderness areas do not have markers. It’s luxury to sit in a chair with a back on it. It was delicious. We are getting better at the climbing. Off to an early start today 7.00am, to beat the heat. Long descent after lunch to the campsite at Buckwong Creek. A bit past halfway through, the track passes from the Victorian high country into New South Wales, reaching the ski fields of the Main Range. Big decent down to the unimaginatively named Big River. We had it a day early so she didn’t have to carry it I think it was 19km and about 600m climb for the day. Climbed over Mt Sunday, Mt Mckinty and on to Rumpf saddle which is just below Mt Skene. We eventually arrived at Stronachs camp where we camped for the night. Followed by an equally big climb back up to Ropers hut. The Razor and Mt Despair tracks are about the same so we made better progress. These are all joined by high passes. Good call to wait it out in the hut. We all lost a lot of weight during the trip, despite eating everything in sight I lost 7kg. We met Susie’s parents along the way. For extra information for basic planning … Looking forward to seeing Pauline and some different food. I don’t expect much phone coverage on this area. Big climb first up this morning 800m. Camped at Pond Creek Flats. We did a side trip to a view point for Tin Mine Falls. The stove still appears ok! This is a list of published trails in Australia, suitable for walking in three days or longer. Colin did this track with some other equally crazy members of the Victorian Mountain Tramping Club (VMTC) in November/December 2016. This 16 day escorted small group tour of Victoria for the senior or mature traveller who enjoys learning whether as a couple or solo traveller explores an area of central Victoria that is rich in historic houses, gorgeous gardens and some amazing art. Passed the 200km mark today. Track was not well marked so spent an hour looking for it. Beau Miles laces up for a different kind of world first, running 650+km of the Australian Alpine Walking Track. This website documents their assault on the Australian Alps Walking Track. This was the most dangerous part of the entire trip. I took photos of the three remaining headstones for Lee. Caught the chair lift down and went to the Thredbo bakery for lunch . The weather was predicted to rain later in the day so we were off to our usual 7.00am start. Which of course means there is at least one that is just under 900m to go. He is always positive and has an endless supply of funny and informative stories. Before them, the area was inhabited by a number of Aboriginal language groups, the Kurnai/Gunai people in the southern Victorian Alps, the Walgal people in what is know Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, and the Ngarigo people in the highlands. Lots of the locals were interested in our trip. It’s the kind of walk where you might go days without seeing a fellow traveller, allowing you to truly immerse yourself within nature. We arrived at our food drop at Low Saddle and opened all the goodies. Jackie woke to find her breakfast missing. Hopefully Darryl will have some extra goodies for us. We all sat around telling stories well into the night, well 8.30 when the sun went down and it got too cold. It is 655 km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and running through to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra. Within an hour of starting each morning they are saturated in sweat, so limited results Climbed ‘Long Spur’ up to Cleve Cole hut, where we set up Camp. Day 8 Big Thanx to Darryl and Jackie who feed us lots of spuds, steamed veggies and steak for dinner last night Especially Darryl, who did a lot of shopping for food and gloves etc. We ate all his fresh fruit and dumped our rubbish in the car. We are now at 462.4km. Day 19 Passed the 180km mark today. The apartment also has a mirror, we have all lost a lot off weight! Day 42 All up for the day 15.3km, 1350m climb. It’s mostly downhill from here to our food drop (750m descent). Cold morning, with lots of cloud around. A huge thanks to Susie for organizing and leading the trip, and to my fellow walkers Jackie, Hugh and Bob for being such wonderful companions. Difficulty: High. We convinced one of them to drive us to Dead Horse Gap and back to pick up our food drop. The camp site had lots of other campers. Another fine day. Went for a swim/wash in the river, then napped the afternoon away till the rains came. They finished their HSC exams and headed off to start the walk the day after. We did another side trip to Old Cooleman homestead. Great views across to the Main Range and Mt Kosciuzko. Providing adventure and…. She must have spent hours getting it all. The radar looks like it will pass in an hour or so. Fantastic views. The day started out with thunder and lots of cloud. The dads were the support crew. Also quarter of the way in the number of days. Cold night on the pass. The descent to the campsite at Viking saddle is always interesting, it goes through a chimney in the cliff face. Another big climb over Mt Sunday, Mt Mckintey and on to the camp at Rumpf saddle which is just below Mt Skene. Was an old gold mining town. This would have been nice if it wasn’t next to a logging coup. However, she forgot to order lifting the cloud so no views from Mt Speculation, just white out . All a stroke of luck for us as we got a lift down to The General, the pub at Hotham where our food drop was. Merry Xmas everyone. Walked all morning till we got to Kiandra where we met up with Susie’s mum with our next food drop. This stretch of mountains are some of the best views in Australia! Discover the World Heritage Sites of the southern states of Australia travelling in a small group tour. It’s water is not reliable so we carried water over Mt Clear and Square Top. In November of this year, 206 days away to be exact, I am planning to commence my solo hike on the 680(ish) km Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT). Well the weather was forecast as sunny today, we woke up to a dusting of snow. Winding through the High Country of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, the track starts in the old gold mining town of Walhalla in Victoria. Total descend – 30,820m Most of tomorrow is down, about 1100m down. Great 360 deg views. This morning was a long climb followed by an easy road bash to the campsite at Four Mile creek. Mt Selwyn had good views otherwise in the trees most of the day. Finally into Vic. Most of the afternoon was spent exploring the gorge at Blue Water Holes, which is pretty spectacular. Susie must have bumped the controls on her weather machine last night. The winds were shaking the hut. Hike Summary. Also crossed the Mitta Mitta river which is the lowest point on the whole trip. Lots of photos! My heart belongs above the tree line, lost in the layers of hazy mountains extending out to the horizon. Then 15 km stroll to Greymare hut for the night. 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