Great Alpine Walk holiday in Victoria, Australia
Description of Great Alpine Walk holiday in Victoria, Australia
Spend a week inland from Victoria’s coastline and you’ll experience an authentic side to alpine Australia that’s rarely seen by the day trippers making their way to and from Melbourne.
This is mountain country where you’ll find yourself walking with hardly anyone else around in the shadow of some of the state’s tallest peaks, including the Razorback Ridge and Mount Feathertop (1,922m). The Australian Alps often experience snow from June to September, and hiking in the foothills when the ridges and gullies are filled with the white stuff, is quite a sight.
Not only will you be treated to some sublime panoramic views over snow capped peaks but you’ll also get to find out more about the stories related to the mountain cattlemen’s huts that appear along the trail. These historic huts offer fascinating insight into traditional settler lifestyles in the mountains as well as great place to sit and enjoy your packed lunch. In fact, there’s an additional historic huts circuit trail around Mount Tabletop (1603m) that’s well worth the effort if you’re looking for more of a challenge close to the easy-going 10km track at Dinner Plain.
Wherever you end up, at the end of each day you’ll be staying in cosy lodgings in one of the area’s traditional villages. This is not only a great opportunity to rest your limbs after a good day spent outdoors but also a chance to meet some of the local folk who live up in the mountains.
Trip notes, detailed maps and luggage transfers help to turn this walking holiday into an interactive, historical adventure with everywhere from Harrietville to Hotham offering a warm welcome to ensure your great alpine experience is as unique as it’s going to be enlightening.
PlanetMinimal impact walking: We lead by example and encourage others to follow. We believe that we are doing our job well when our customers leave a tour having had a fabulous, fun filled holiday but also come away with a broader appreciation of and respect for the natural environment. Ideally they come to walk and leave as ambassadors for the environment. We stay on formed tracks, avoid trampling vegetation, insist that all rubbish is carried out, pick up rubbish left by others. Group sizes on self-guided trips are usually only two. On group guided trips the maximum size is 15 but there are two guides so we can split into smaller parties, limiting our impact.
We plan our walks to utilise toilets wherever possible and if not available, we provide clear instruction on burying waste and carrying out any sanitary items. We view wildlife from a distance and never feed native animals. We do not light fires in the bush and we do not allow people to smoke on walks. Our motto is “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos and a piece of someone else’s rubbish”.
The Alpine region is an amazing area with the restoration of the historic cattleman huts, the diversity of food, wine and accommodation in an area that’s purely a natural environment. While walking our Guides take active steps to ensure our group behaves in a responsible manner, and that our clients stick to the established trails minimising any damage to the native vegetation. Our Guides share lots of information about the high country and its culture. Our annual and daily park fees contribute to the maintaining of this area so as we can enjoy the high country with minimal effect.
PeopleOn this walk, we employ local guides and drivers. All guides undergo our comprehensive training program and this is tailored to each individual’s needs. It covers areas such as safety, first aid, group management, minimal impact techniques, environmental interpretation, cultural considerations.
On our trips we stay in comfortable local accommodation properties with lots of character. Each one has been personally selected by the owners. It could be an historic guesthouse, comfortable B&B, cosy home-stay, seaside cottage, alpine ski lodge, resort hotel, a luxurious Ecolodge or country motel. When we use motels, we look for small, family-run places in attractive locations. Occasionally, remote locations mean that the only accommodation available is simple in nature, such as lighthouse keepers’ cottages and outback cattle stations, but the ones we select have character and ambience that more than compensates for star ratings. Good food is an important aspect of all our trips. Meals are plentiful, nutritious, wholesome and wherever possible offer local ingredients or specialties. No matter which holiday you choose, the accommodation and meals will add an interesting local flavour to your experience.
Wherever possible we incorporate quality local tourism experiences into our walking holidays. Examples include bush tucker walks with indigenous people, tours of historic lightstation precincts, lake or river cruises, snorkelling with marine biologists, etc.
We visit the historic alpine huts, have the opportunity to enjoy a rejuvenating day spa in a local facility and experience some of Victoria’s unique alpine accommodations. This trip uses local accommodation, as well as purchasing our food, fuel and equipment from local suppliers.
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