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. 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. © Odyssey Travel 2020 All Rights Reserved. We start and end in Adelaide, stopping in Broken Hill, Mungo National Park and other significant locations. The stove still appears ok! 600km mark today . Mid 20s and blue skies again. 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. The book says that Mt Macdonald which we crossed yesterday is the last mountain without trees on top. So lots of goodies for dinner. Hugh put on a fireworks display with his stove tonight. And finally, our outback tour, Broken Hill and ‘Back, passes through some of the most remote areas of New South Wales. The Australian Alps Walking Track is a 650km long route that passes through the mountains of Victoria and New South Wales. We are now over the 100km mark . We camped at Blue Waterholes for the night. Had to be careful packing up the tent so it wasn’t blown away Until next time Coln…. Big day tomorrow, 24.4km and 840m climb. The long climb over Johhnys Top and down to our next food drop took from 7am till 5.30pm. Looking forward to our next food drop tomorrow at Stronarchs Camp. 17 km all up today. I can remember driving to within 100m of the summit and just walking the last bit as a child. With the ability to destroy native habitats, brumbies are variously regarded as a dangerous pest – or an important part of our national heritage. Total length including side trips – 720km This website documents their assault on the Australian Alps Walking Track. Day 14 Cold morning, with lots of cloud around. 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. Heavy frost as well. This stretch of mountains are some of the best views in Australia! Day 27 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. Another hot day coming up, 30 deg and late storms. 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. Forded the Murrambidgi river today. Met lots of other walkers heading to Canberra. These are all joined by high passes. Not many sleeps to go till the end. All up 19 km for the day. 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. They all left just after sunrise. We did another side trip to Old Cooleman homestead. I think there was about 20 of them in camp. Met a couple at the hut out for a few days on their honeymoon. Did a couple of kilometers up the road, then a long climb up Trig track. See attached photo. The descent to the campsite at Viking saddle is always interesting, it goes through a chimney in the cliff face. Blue skies and mild breeze, mid 20’s, so the weather couldn’t have been better☺. Discover the World Heritage Sites of the southern states of Australia travelling in a small group tour. 22km all up for the day. And just as Susie ordered, the rain cleared at 7.00am. Another great day. Will we still get up at 5.30am and start walking by 7.00am. No water so we had to walk about a km along the Omeo highway to find a creek. 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. Camped at the saddle between Big Hill and Mt Magdala tonight. It is 655km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and running through to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra. Only a camp site and some historic markers left. Should be fun Chances of being run down were higher than all the other stuff we had done! 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). Colin did this track with some other equally crazy members of the Victorian Mountain Tramping Club (VMTC) in November/December 2016. Apparently you aren’t allowed to camp in this spot unless your doing the AAWT, and only for one night. We are averaging over 20km per day. Still has all the old magazines stuck to the wall as wallpaper. Had a big day 25.4km for the day. There are lots of wild horses in the area. Quite a bit of snow still around, much slower to traverse as you have to kick in steps all the time. Then dropped down to Red Jacket. Camped at …. After we loaded up with 8 days food we headed up a big climb to Four Mile hut where we spent the night. Most of the afternoon was spent exploring the gorge at Blue Water Holes, which is pretty spectacular. This morning was a long climb followed by an easy road bash to the campsite at Four Mile creek. 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. Good call to wait it out in the hut. Turned out to be a hot day. As Hugh says – if we look back we can see the horizon where we have come from, if we look forward to the horizon we can see where we are going. 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. Followed by an equally big climb back up to Ropers hut. Things that don’t matter after a week really start to kick in when the trip is longer. 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. Day 25 ... On a long solo hike, the only key stakeholder is you. Only two more sleeps to go (and 45 km). Tomorrow we climb the Viking then the Razor which we have had glimpses of for the past two days. Another fine day. Blue skies and no wind so far☺ Hope to be in Thredbo day after tomorrow, two days ahead of schedule. Left Black River Camp and crossed the river twice on log bridges. Day 26 We ate all his fresh fruit and dumped our rubbish in the car. 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. Somewhere in the Barry Mountains. 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