Good call to wait it out in the hut. In the hut, he was heading north so he had to endure all our stories for the afternoon, Day 24 We actually saw a Ranger for the first time on the trip. Our plan of starting at Canberra where the hills are smaller and building up our fitness as we head south has paid off. The weather was predicted to rain later in the day so we were off to our usual 7.00am start. 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. It starts at Walhalla, Victoria, passes New South Wales and ends in Tharwa near Canberra. 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? We have decided that 7.00 am is good time to start walking each day. Arrived at Ghost Gully camping area at about 2pm and set up camp just as the storms started. The 670km Australian Alps Walking Track is undoubtedly the toughest long distance walk in Australia! Pig out again! An essential companion for anyone intending to walk the track. The walk is known for good mountain scenery and significant altitude changes. The AAWT starts in Victoria, travels through NSW, and finishes in the ACT, travelling through Australia’s alpine regions. With the oldest dating back to the 1860s, they come from every era of settler history in the Alps, built for shelter by graziers, gold miners, foresters, government workers, skiers and bushwalkers. Day 19 Day 33 pt 2 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. In total, the track takes around eight weeks, but many walkers choose to take on smaller parts in the Baw Baw, Alpine, Kosciuszko and Namadgi national parks. Pigged out last night with the food drop. Colin did this track with some other equally crazy members of the Victorian Mountain Tramping Club (VMTC) in November/December 2016. Long gradual descent down Mt Erica to the campsite at the Tyres River. This is the straight part of the Vic/ Nsw border, the other end of it is near Gabo island. So lots of climbing under and over. 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. See attached photo. 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. Don’t think she got much sleep. I took photos of the three remaining headstones for Lee. 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. Day 35 The rest of the day across the Crosscut Saw and Mt Howitt was Pan-O-Ramic. The Australian Alps are home to Australia’s most iconic collection of brumbies, the wild horses – descended from escaped or lost horses from the early years of settlement – immortalised by Banjo Patterson in The Man From Snowy River. 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. Passed the 150km mark today . 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. Will test it for leaks tonight under water. Quite beautiful (and poisonous). The rain cleared by the time we got to Mt Sunday so it turned out a pleasant day after all. Camping tonight at Oldfield’s hut. Day 27 The weather forecast was for 100km winds in the afternoon and snow overnight so we stayed in the hut. Ian deserves a special mention as he bought in salads! It did a lap of the tents then headed off into the scrub again. The Aawt then leaves the track on a footpad. No more showers, flushing toilet, washing machine, padded couch with a back on it. Started the day with a ford of the Thomson river. This is the highest peak in ACT. We were at Lock car park by 1.00pm, which is just as well because Susie’s uncle was there with a 5 seater van. The crew had bought in lots of yummy food which was appreciated by us all. Mid 20s and blue skies again. Did a couple of kilometers up the road, then a long climb up Trig track. 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. 22km all up for the day. Great 360 deg views. While yellow markers are visible in densely forested areas of Victoria, certain wilderness areas do not have markers. 800m climb, 490 descent including 5 km off track across The Rolling Plains. We ate all his fresh fruit and dumped our rubbish in the car. These are all joined by high passes. Apparently she could pat them. 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. So bonus chocolate and other goodies all round. Day 23 Bit of a climb out from Oldfield’s hut up to the Cooleman plains. Had a big day 25.4km for the day. Off to the usual 7.00am start. Left Black River Camp and crossed the river twice on log bridges. Im walking on Australias toughest and most beautiful mainland hiking trail the 660km Australian Alps Walking Track. Explore learn and consider what is the outback in this article. Should be fun Day 20 Historians suggest that the melancholic names given to many places here likely come from early stockmen and drovers battling terrible weather and wild, inhospitable country. Day 41 Went as far as we could before the big climb tomorrow over Johhnys Top 800m climb, 900m descent. This website documents their assault on the Australian Alps Walking Track. Hike Summary. The first part of the AAWT adventure is to finish off the logistics. Which of course means there is at least one that is just under 900m to go. Day 1 They would meet up every 4 or 5 days. Susie tells us there are no more climbs over 900m between us and the finish. Lots of Brumbies! I don’t expect much phone coverage on this area. 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. Camped at Pond Creek Flats. Met a couple at the hut out for a few days on their honeymoon. Caught the chair lift down and went to the Thredbo bakery for lunch . Lots of the locals were interested in our trip. 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. Providing adventure and…. It is 655 km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and running through to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra. The track is 655 km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and heads north to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra. The trudge on bitumen for 7 km down the Great Alpine Road. 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. The program examines the history of the gold rush and the wealth created that enabled the grand houses to her built that we visit. Four times as many people as we have seen from the start. An easy walk across the high plains past Mt Jim then down to Dibbins hut and back up via Derrick hut to Mt Hotham. 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. Ate the last of our food for lunch. The horses were back again in the night. Day 8 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. We also met up with Hugh and Pauline who had a picnic of fruit and ice cream waiting for us. This is a list of published trails in Australia, suitable for walking in three days or longer. Small group tour of New South Wales, Queensland & South Australia deserts, from Broken Hill. It takes 50-60 days to complete. Hugh put on a fireworks display with his stove tonight. For comparison Everest is only about 8200m above sea level. All up 17 km for the day, total of 1200m climb. The book says that Mt Macdonald which we crossed yesterday is the last mountain without trees on top. Then to everyone’s surprise Darryl arrived with some tape for Jackie that was missing in the drop at Camp creek. Day 5 Jackie slept in the hut. Looking forward to our next food drop tomorrow at Stronarchs Camp. Walked all morning till we got to Kiandra where we met up with Susie’s mum with our next food drop. Very well preserved. 600km mark today . Lots of climbs, about 1000m all up and 19.5km for the day. Here, in Australia, the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) was just that. Every summer for thousands of years, Aboriginal people from all over southern New South Wales and Victoria came to the Snowy Mountains to feast upon the bogong moth, smoked out of their hiding places. So we are up with the sun now at 5.30am each day. Met A.J. Day 15 Our team has shrunk by one today. However, she forgot to order lifting the cloud so no views from Mt Speculation, just white out . Off to an early start today 7.00am, to beat the heat. An easy stroll past Cotter hut. Camped at the saddle between Big Hill and Mt Magdala tonight. Koalas, wombats and kangaroos can be seen in Baw Baw National Park. I guess they are managing them better in Vic. Staying in the Thredbo YHA for the night. Ballarat is part of a series of regional towns explored and learnt about on a small group tour for mature and senior travelers into regional Victoria. 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. Woke up to blue skies and 80km winds. So after a counter lunch we decided to stay the night in an apartment. Bit of a road bash from then on to our Camp at Fiddlers Green. We are heading to the source of the Murray river and the start of the Black- Allan line. Hot showers, and hopefully a cooked dinner (by someone else) With a bit of luck we can use a washing machine. The Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) goes from Canberra in the ACT to Walhalla in Victoria. We had perfect walking weather for our hike, however the Australian Alps can have extreme weather changes. Glad to see Pauline again after 27 days. © Odyssey Travel 2020 All Rights Reserved. One of the grey nomads camped near us sat up with them and watched. Passed the 200km mark today. Happily it cleared by about 7.30am to a mostly sunny day. Tonight we are camped at Muller Pass just below Kosciusko ready for the assault on the summit tomorrow. Scrub bashed to the top of Mt Jagungal 500m climb took 3 hrs. We all had a final lunch together in the Walhalla Pub before heading off home. Photos are Darryl preparing dinner (yes we are food obsessed now) and looking towards the Razor and Viking from about half way across the Crosscut Saw. We are not following the standard Aawt route as it just follows the road through Perisher and Guthega. For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link. Odyssey Traveller is now offering a number of tours of Southeastern Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Headed off on a side trip to …. Not much water at Viking Saddle. We spent the rest of the day at the hut while it rained and hailed out side. Should get reception via Hotham, Bulla and Baw Baw. We met a school group from Canberra grammar. The resident mouse spent all night trying to steal her food. Susie must have bumped the controls on her weather machine last night. Then 15 km stroll to Greymare hut for the night. The Razor and Mt Despair tracks are about the same so we made better progress. Day 16 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). Day 38 Your online guide to the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT), Australia’s premier long distance walking trail through the alpine areas of Victoria, NSW and the ACT. It’s mostly downhill from here to our food drop (750m descent). Getting to be the norm for each day. Three medium climbs today (250m), 18km all up. The General Store in Walhalla issued us all certificates and a real “Alps Walking Track” metal sign for completing the walk! We had it a day early so she didn’t have to carry it Trails. Built far away from any hardware stores, hut architecture is a masterwork in ‘getting by’, with structures built out of corrugated iron, bark and shingles, using fencing wire in place of nails. The trail passes right through my backyard in Kosciuszko National Park, home to our country’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. Another hot day coming up, 30 deg and late storms. Stu, Pete, Steve. Forded the Murrambidgi river today. While yellow markers are visible in densely forested areas of Victoria, certain wilderness areas do not have markers. Suzie’s mum and dad met up with us. The attached photo is The Razor taken from the Viking. Chances of being run down were higher than all the other stuff we had done! Her dad Bob is joining us for a couple of days. Although we had completed the trip twice previously (including a prior winter traverse) this would be our hardest journey. 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. The radar looks like it will pass in an hour or so. Lots of grubbing around in the fire and licking. Water can be scarce along some parts of the track, so bring at least two days supply. Lots of fish. It includes full track notes to the 660km route. Day 12 Heavy frost as well. Mt Bogong, the highest peak in Victoria. Hopefully Darryl will have some extra goodies for us. We convinced one of them to drive us to Dead Horse Gap and back to pick up our food drop. Learn about Benalla, part of a collection of articles about Victoria. All a bit smelly, Day 13 We are sad to see him leave. It will take us a couple of days. 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). Susie ordered some rain overnight which cleared before we left this morning. Day 22 Walkers have the option of a short journey to Thredbo ski resort for hotel accommodation and a cooked dinner, or can continue down the path to Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak, named in honour of the Polish democrat and nationalist, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, by its first (European) climber, the Polish nobleman explorer, Paul Edmund de Strzelecki. He was coming on the trip but had to pull out at the last minute. From Mt McDonald, walk across the ridge to the Crosscut Saw, Razor, and Viking peaks, passing twisted snow gums. Then dropped down to Red Jacket. Passed the 400km mark today Looking forward to raiding Ian’s food drop in a couple of days Thanks Ian, we will reimburse you for the goodies We did another side trip to Old Cooleman homestead. Camped tonight at Consett Stephen Pass which is notorious for bad weather. Total length including side trips – 720km The long climb over Johhnys Top and down to our next food drop took from 7am till 5.30pm. This is the guide for the Australian Alps Walking Track which runs from Walhalla near Melbourne to Canberra. Over the past three years I have pretty much worked out my average walking pace. Blue skies and mild breeze, mid 20’s, so the weather couldn’t have been better☺. She must have spent hours getting it all. Day 3 The day started out with thunder and lots of cloud. Beginning in Walhalla, the walk passes across the dense semi-alpine forests of Baw Baw National Park, dominated by snow gum with a forest understorey of Mueller’s bush pea (named for botanist Ferdinand von Meuller of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens), Alpine pepper, and Dusty daisy-bush. Went for a swim/wash in the river, then napped the afternoon away till the rains came. Lucky for us the rain didn’t start till after we packed up. Discover the World Heritage Sites of the southern states of Australia travelling in a small group tour. 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. Just another 1200m of climbing for the day. It is 655km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and running through to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra. Most of it down hill and on good track. Another sunny day. Colin did this track with some other equally crazy members of the Victorian Mountain Tramping Club (VMTC) in November/December 2016. I also have to sort out the 1200 photos I have. Will see if there are any hungry residents in the morning. Also crossed the Mitta Mitta river which is the lowest point on the whole trip. He is always positive and has an endless supply of funny and informative stories. Ps Darryl had folding Camp chairs with him. 17km all up for the day. Camped at O’Keefe’s hut for the night, just below Mt Jagungal. It’s the kind of walk where you might go days without seeing a fellow traveller, allowing you to truly immerse yourself within nature. Followed by an equally big climb back up to Ropers hut. Lots of roos! Tomorrow we are off into the wild Don’t know what phone coverage we will get or how I will go with charging the phone from my solar panel so you may not hear from me for a while. Total descend – 30,820m Things that don’t matter after a week really start to kick in when the trip is longer. We set up camp by 2.00pm. Much more specy off track. Bucketed rain most of the night but cleared before we had to pack up . We camped at Blue Waterholes for the night. It will take a while to settle back into “normal” life again. Great sunset. Several archaeological sites speak to the ancient occupation of the area, including Cloggs Cave, Victoria, where 8500-year-old stone tools have been found, and Birrigai, near Namadgi National Park, where archaeologists have found a rock shelter used by Aboriginal people 21 000 years ago. The Australian Alps Walking Track is suitable for experienced walkers, used to being self-reliant in remote areas, and with strong navigational skills, including the ability to use a map and compass. Pig out tonight. Off into to the dry Barry mountains, so not much water for a couple of days. We met Susie’s parents along the way. The first drop was at Dead Horse Gap (near Threadbo). Since 1983 we have been offering educational style touring to seniors. 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! Camped at …. The winds were shaking the hut. Darryl arrived about 3.00pm with the food drops. The walk is a selection of stunning tracks across the Vic Alps. I will have to get it framed Some stats: The moths were cooked over coals, or ground into a paste, and have been described has having a pleasantly nutty taste. A War Over Australia’s Wild Horses, Escorted small group tour of World Heritage sites and more in the Southern States, Small group tour of Victoria for Senior travellers, Questions about Australia for senior travellers, Flinders Ranges National Parks, South Australia. The climbs get bigger as we go further south into Victoria. 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