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Australian Alps Walking Track

Listed under Walking in Victoria, Australia.

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At 655kms it’s unlikely you’re going to walk all the way from Walhalla in Victoria to Canberra (or vice versa), but technically you could. Australia doesn’t have the same kind of alps as what the word alp suggests to me (chocolate box Switzerland if we’re not on the same wavelength.), but it has a string of mountain ranges that are high enough and cold enough to be called alpine so I guess they’re alps al right. This isn’t a walk along the top of the range though, it dips and dives all over, so you see a lot of this beautiful grey green countryside. Plenty of yellow plains, rivers and creeks, small towns and ruined old stone buildings, wildlife, wildflowers (if it’s the right time of year.)…

The light here is pale, it’s not that it’s grey or dull, it’s just really white and there is mist in the valleys most mornings. This country is also still, protected by the mountain ranges from the wind. It’s different to any other country I’ve walked in, but I can’t describe it any better than saying it’s pale, grey, still, misty and isolating, even with space all around you it can feel close, but then I guess that the bush for you.

Practically the route passes though Victoria’s Alpine National Park, Kosciusko National Park, Namadgi, Bogong High Plains and the Brindabellas.

A couple of people have done the whole trip and say it takes about 60 days, mostly camping. They say bring plenty of water ‘cause you can easily hit a dry bed where you’re expecting a healthy flow. I’ve done portions of it and stayed over night, but you can also break it up into one day trips.

Written by  paul.birss.

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