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Walking the Bogong High Plains

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Mount Bogong is Victoria’s Highest Mountain skimming just under 2000ms, but it’s not such a slog to scale it considering this whole region is ‘high plains’. Forests of towering ash, snowgums and the haunting ghost gums grow here is pockets but there are expansive alpine meadows with unusual Australian alpine native flowers and on the lower slopes and gullies forests of ferns. Snow and cloud covers the plains in winter and the air feels cold to breathe, but in the summer the snow melts into pretty alpine streams. Huts pock mark the map providing walkers with shelter. These are of a range of standards and conditions so it’s best to talk to the Parks guys before you start out to get an idea of which huts are workable. The oldest is a cattleman’s hut built in 1889, or so we think, called Wallace’s Hut. Or course you can rely solely on tents but conditions are changeable so sometimes it’s nice to have the security of a hut to look forward to. If you’re serious about a tour of the Bogong High Plains I would recommend you get a copy of the book “Bushwalking and Touring in the Bogong High Plains National Park” by John Siseman and John Browlie. Alternatively there are many day walks out of the Ski lodges at Falls Creek. A lot of people fish here as well. If you were to pin me down on my favourite walk in the region I would have to say the six to eight day Bogong Alpine Traverse, which follows a ridge that summits Victoria’s three highest peaks, Mount Feathertop with it’s distinctive razor ridge, Mount Hotham, skiers wonderland and Mount Bogong. The second part of the trail joins up with the Australian Alps Walking Track but this route is more gentle to start allowing for mid route civilisation stops.

Written by  Toby Hallston.

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