A Day Hike in the Victorian High Country
Choose a hike to suit you from our range of experiences
New for 2020/2021 we are offering a selection of half and full-day hikes in Victoria's beautiful High Country for a minimum of two people. The hikes are available daily depending on availability. As we are a team of two we can only run one tour at a time and, where dates are blocked out, we may be on one of our multiday tours. All the hikes have transfers included and start and finish in Bright or Porepunkah. Let us know if you are staying in another town close by and need help with transport. Level 5 day hikes are our most challenging, and a solid level of fitness is recommended, and the remainder are graded down to Level 2, which are suitable for all levels.
Razorback – Hotham to Harrietville (22km) Level 5, 7hrs $195 per person
One of the most iconic hikes in Australia, and with good reason, but you can do it in style with Hedonistic Hiking! A personal guide will entertain you with stories of the history, flora and fauna of the area whilst looking after you on the trail. The morning hike follows the Razorback Ridge climbing steadily with panoramic views across the Victorian High Country. After 3.5 to 4 hours we reach Federation Hut set amongst the snowgums. If time permits there's the opportunity to climb to the summit of Mount Feathertop, Victoria’s second-highest mountain at 1922m. Enjoy a delicious and nutritious Hedonistic Hiking lunch en route before a long descent to Harrietville where you will be met with a celebratory cold beer, bubbles or soft drink before being returned to your accommodation. We will depart at 07.30 am and return approximately 5.30 pm.
Falls Creek to Hotham Alpine Crossing (23km) Level 5, 7hrs $195 per person
This hike follows one of the most stunning sections of the Australian Alpine Walking track. Set out from Falls Creek over the beautiful Bogong High Plains, which are covered with wild flowers in spring and early summer. A personal guide will talk you through the history, geography and highlights of the area whilst looking after you on the trail. Descend to the Cobungra River and picnic at the charming Dibbins Hut before climbing up past another cattlemen’s hut to reach Mount Hotham. Here you will be met with a celebratory cold beer, bubbles or soft drink before being returned to your accommodation. We will depart at 07.30 am and return approximately 5.30 pm.
Mount Buffalo Hike and alfresco lunch (12km) Level 3 - 4 $165 per person
This is a half-day guided hike taking in some of the most beautiful areas of the Mount Buffalo plateau. Hear the stories of indigenous culture, the early settlers and the gold rush which shaped the history of the Ovens Valley. We walk off the beaten track to explore some of the rocky outcrops which give fabulous views over the surrounding valleys. Enjoy a gourmet Hedonistic Hiking picnic lunch en route and, in the afternoon, there is the chance to continue walking, relax and have a swim in Lake Catani or see the iconic Mount Buffalo Chalet before returning to your accommodation. Departures will be at 08.30, returning at approximately 4 pm.
Buffalo and Brunch (3km) Level 2 $110 per person
Mount Buffalo National Park is one of the oldest in our country and home to some unique plants found nowhere else in Australia. Explore some of the distinctive rock formations on the plateau and enjoy amazing views on a short but spectacular guided hike suitable for all levels of walking. Finish the experience relaxing and enjoying the view with a hot drink and tasty brunch. This is a perfect experience to celebrate a special occasion or for people wanting more hedonism and less hiking! Departures from Bright/Porepunkah will be at approx 7.00 am depending on the time of year. Let us know if you prefer to drive yourself and meet your guide on the mountain.
Buffalo and Bubbles (3km) Level 2 $110 per person
Mount Buffalo National Park is one of the oldest in our country and home to some unique plants found nowhere else in Australia. Explore some of the distinctive rock formations on the plateau and enjoy amazing views on a short but spectacular guided hike suitable for all levels of walking. Finish the experience relaxing and enjoying the view with bubbles and a selection of canapés. This is a perfect experience to celebrate a special occasion or for people wanting more hedonism and less hiking! Departures from Bright/Porepunkah will be at approx. 4.00 pm depending on the time of year. Let us know if you prefer to drive yourself and meet your guide on the mountain.
Secret Trails of Bright (8 km to 18 km) Suitable for all levels $165 per person
When we were under lockdown and our local National Parks were closed we spent many hours hiking in the hills around our home town of Bright. The town sits in the Ovens Valley and is surrounded by pine forests and native bush. In this time we put together a selection of wonderful hikes in the area, some more challenging than others, and tailored to all requirements. Let us guide you on some of our favourite trails and perhaps finish your day with a glass of wine and a tasty platter at a local boutique winery, or with a refreshing beer by the river. Regardless of whether you choose a shorter or longer hike, you will be rewarded with spectacular views, a delicious picnic lunch and some fascinating stories about the region. Walks range from 8km-18km and prices start from $165 per person.
Sunset Dinners on Mount Buffalo (9 km) Level 2 $195 per person - minimum group number required is 4
The event starts with an afternoon transfer from the centre of Bright up to Mount Buffalo. We walk on well-maintained mountain trails, exploring the flora and fauna, before arriving at The Horn, the highest point of the plateau at 1,732 metres, just as the sun is setting. Dinner will include canapés and three courses prepared by us using the best locally-sourced fresh produce, matched with fabulous local wines from the area. The views from the top at sunset are spell-binding. At the end of the evening we will transfer you back to Bright.
Each hike has its own special moments. On all experiences you will enjoy fabulous High Country guided hiking matched with the very best food and wines from the region, freshly prepared for you by Hedonistic Hiking.
We will discuss with you the terrain and the kit you will need before setting off as this is dependent on the experience you choose. For full day hikes we recommend sturdy walking boots, with good ankle support. Walking poles would be an advantage, especially on steeper sections. For the Mount Buffalo hikes, sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. Thongs are not permitted.
The weather in the mountains is prone to sudden changes so be prepared for varied conditions and have suitable warm layers and waterproof clothing. We will check the weather forecast 24-48 hours in advance and contact you if we believe the conditions will not be suitable for your chosen hike. If possible, an alternative will be offered or we will organise a voucher or refund.
If you are interested in these, why not take a look at our Escape to Bright package? For a minimum of two people, the package includes 3 nights in self-catering accommodation, two fabulous guided Hedonistic Hiking walks with award-winning local wines and a voucher towards a treatment or organic beauty products at Botanic Alps or Revive Bright. You can also find out more about our Sunset Dinners on Mount Buffalo.
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