3rd to 6th February, 2022

Mt Hotham and the High Country

$480.00

Explore the incredible High Country with 2 days of trekking. On Day 1 we will walk the 3 Huts Walk (18km) and the next day explore the Cobungra Ditch Track (15km).

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Description

Spring in the High Country is one of the best times to explore this beautiful area.

We will walk the 3 Huts Walk, which is 18km with some steep section. The remainder of the walk traverses the relatively open and flat high plains. This walk takes in 3 famous huts, Spargo’s Hut, Derrick Hut and Silver Brumby Hut, which represent an important place in the history of the Australian Alpiine region.

The huts have played an important role in the European history of the Mt Hotham region. From the earliest crude buildings of the miners and cattle graziers, wayside shelters for early travellers.

Day 2, we will explore the Cobungra Ditch Track (16km). This track follows the course of an abandoned water race, a ruin from the gold mining era of the District. Literally carved through the steep mountain ranges and retained for much of it’s length by an impressive dry-stone wall, this engineering wonder once conveyed a stream of water 10.5km to the hydraulic sluicing operations of the Cobungra Gold Mining Company.

Itinerary

Day 1.

Arrive at Mt Hotham Village. Check in is from 4pm on 25th March, 2021 (D)

 

Day 2: Track Grading – 3

After breakfast, we will pack our picnic lunch and then head out of our lodge and onto the 3 Huts Walk. We will do a short car shuffle to get us to the start of the walk.

Starting at the North trailhead we will head across the Loch Ridge and make a short diversion up to Mt Loch (1865m). From there we head onto part of the Australian Alps Walking Track and over to Derrick Hut.

Derrick Hut was built as a day shelter for skiers by the Wangaratta Ski Club in 1967. Names after Charles Derrick a cross country skier who died in 1965 in a blizzard whilst attempting to ski from Mt Bogong to Mt Hotham.

We continue along the Golden Point Spur track to Spargo’s Hut.  This hut is one of the oldest intact structure in the Mt Hotham resort. It was built by prospector Bill Spargo and his brother Cecil in 1927. This hut has survived the 1939, 2003 and 2013 bushfires.

Leaving Spargo’s hut we head down to Swindlers Creek and follow a short section of the Cobungra track as we visit Silver Brumby Hut.

The original Silver Brumby Hut was built in 1992 as a temporary prop for the film “The Silver Brumby”. The present hut was built in 2006-7 as a replica of the original.

After leaving the Silver Brumby hut, we head up the Davenport Access Track and back to our accommodation.

(B,L,D)

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions:

Accommodation (3 nights) 25th, 26th & 27th March, 2021

All meals as described in the itinerary.

Experienced trek leader, first aid kit, and emergency contact phone.

 

Exclusions:

Transport to and from Mt Hotham

Any alcoholic or soft drinks. Please BYO

 

 

Track Gradings

Track Gradings:

Grade 1:

No bush walking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

Grade 2:

No bush walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

Grade 3:

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Grade 4:

Bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Grade 5:

Very experienced bush walkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

 

What to bring

Please bring:

Sturdy hiking shoes or boots. Tracks can be rough and rocky. Runners are NOT suitable.

Comfortable hiking clothes. As the weather in the high country can be unpredictable, please bring a warm wet weather jacket.

A broad brimmed hat and sunscreen.

Day back pack that is big enough to hold 3 litres of water, warm clothing and your lunch.

Walking poles. If you are used to walking with poles, please bring these with you.

Personal toiletries and medications. A sleeping bag (or doona) and pillow cover. Please note all rooms are twin share with each room having a private ensuite.

Single supplement is available at $150 for the 3 nights.

Any alcohol or soft drinks that you may want.