It was mid twenties with a bit of a breeze. The weather looks good for the next few days. The apartment also has a mirror, we have all lost a lot off weight! Expected Walking Pace. He and his wife are doing the 7 peaks bike challenge. The Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) goes from Canberra in the ACT to Walhalla in Victoria. Day 41 Really pretty campsite and historic hut. ... On a long solo hike, the only key stakeholder is you. Followed by a big descent to the Thompson River. Overall we are now at 530km and have climbed over 20,400m. The walk is known for good mountain scenery and significant altitude changes. Only a camp site and some historic markers left. Camped at Glen Wills Historic Area. 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. The track crosses the dry Barry Mountains, past Mt Hotham, and then crosses the Bogong High Plains, home to Victoria’s highest peak, Mt Bogong, 1, 986 metres above sea level. Will test it for leaks tonight under water. Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers that promote aboriginal and colonial history discussion on tour. 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. After a successful traverse of the bitumen we left the cars behind at Mt St Bernard and headed west past The Twins and on to our Camp near Mt Murray. Tomorrow night we are meeting Darryl (Jackie’s partner) at Camp Creek which is just below Mt Speculation. He wasn’t having much luck. We are all very food focused at the moment. Camped at the saddle between Big Hill and Mt Magdala tonight. Met lots of other walkers heading to Canberra. All up 19 km for the day. Camping tonight at Oldfield’s hut. I took photos of the three remaining headstones for Lee. Within an hour of starting each morning they are saturated in sweat, so limited results Had a big day 25.4km for the day. For couples and solo travellers interested in learning about Aboriginal history and the colonial explorers across the states. He has all sorts of goodies for us, Day 31 Blue skies and mild breeze, mid 20’s, so the weather couldn’t have been better☺. Passed the 300 km mark today ☺ There are lots of wild horses in the area. Susie, the trip leader, and I, have the last two drops to do. Then dropped down to Red Jacket. Beau Miles laces up for a different kind of world first, running 650+km of the Australian Alpine Walking Track. Half way, in number of days today She must have spent hours getting it all. It will take a while to settle back into “normal” life again. It starts (or finishes) in Walhalla, a quaint ex-goldmining town, about 50kms from Moe in Victoria and finishes (or starts) at the Tharwa Visitor Centre, about 35kms south of the Canberra City Centre. Until next time Coln…. Her dad Bob is joining us for a couple of days. Long gradual descent down Mt Erica to the campsite at the Tyres River. No more showers, flushing toilet, washing machine, padded couch with a back on it. I will have to get it framed Done about 580km so far! The weather was predicted to rain later in the day so we were off to our usual 7.00am start. Stopped at Mackie’s hut for lunch, fully furnished great hut. Day 27 Receive a AUD$350 voucher towards your first small group tour. Spectacular views all the way along here. Ballarat is part of a series of regional towns explored and learnt about on a small group tour for mature and senior travelers into regional Victoria. Started the day with a ford of the Thomson river. Climbed over Mt Sunday, Mt Mckinty and on to Rumpf saddle which is just below Mt Skene. The track is a maelstrom of fallen logs and regrowth, so slow going. She was fantastic, Susie had been texting her with our orders for food and strapping tape etc. The weather forecast was for 100km winds in the afternoon and snow overnight so we stayed in the hut. The trail passes right through my backyard in Kosciuszko National Park, home to our country’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. Also quarter of the way in the number of days. Learn about Benalla, part of a collection of articles about Victoria. We are off to Ropers hut tomorrow to meet up with Pauline and a bunch of other VMTC members. Day 25 The track across from the saddle to the Razor used to be a pleasant stroll through tall forest. The fourth of Australian Traveller’s epic bushwalks, the Australian Alps Walking Track is also the highest. Lots of roos! Beginning in Walhalla, the walk passes across the dense semi-alpine forests of Baw Baw National Park, dominated by snow gum with a forest understorey of Mueller’s bush pea (named for botanist Ferdinand von Meuller of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens), Alpine pepper, and Dusty daisy-bush. They ate all the charcoal out of the fire pit! Susie tells us there are no more climbs over 900m between us and the finish. We have the afternoon off Awaiting for Darryl to arrive with the goodies I hear a car engine… Have to go, Day 32 Difficulty: High. We met Susie’s parents along the way. 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. Will see if there are any hungry residents in the morning. 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). The stove still appears ok! Not much water at Viking Saddle. This section of the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) was characterised by monotonous forestry roads, 4WD tracks and plenty of elevation change. We camped at the old Talbot hut site just below Mt Erica. We did a side trip to a view point for Tin Mine Falls. Day 29 Followed the ridge from High Cone across to Mt Macdonald. The bottle of pears in my drop says it serves 5, it lasted me about 2 minutes for the whole bottle Ian’s food drop was auctioned off between the piggies. Don’t think she got much sleep. We have now been walking for four weeks, two to go☺ Had up to 90km winds all night with some rain. We passed the. Did a couple of kilometers up the road, then a long climb up Trig track. The discussion over dinner tonight was about how things will be when we return to civilization. Hot showers, and hopefully a cooked dinner (by someone else) With a bit of luck we can use a washing machine. Since the trail crosses many peaks and exposed high plateaus, the hike is possible in summer only (December-April). Pigged out last night with the food drop. Very well preserved. Of course we need to be able to find them, so we take a gps waypoint and a photo as well as a bearing from a nearby landmark. We saw our first TV in 4 weeks (only foxtel), underwhelming is the nicest I could describe it. Well the weather was forecast as sunny today, we woke up to a dusting of snow. Every summer for thousands of years, Aboriginal people from all over southern New South Wales and Victoria came to the Snowy Mountains to feast upon the bogong moth, smoked out of their hiding places. Day 38 Day 37 Looking forward to seeing Pauline and some different food. This involves a lot of driving, then hiding our buckets of food under logs, far enough into the scrub that they won’t be found. 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. Day 40 Big day tomorrow, 24.4km and 840m climb. Small group tours for mature and senior travellers in the Australian outback to learn and appreciate land management techniques for couples and solo travellers reflecting Aboriginal culture in Kakadu, Tasmania, Arnhem land and the Kimberley. Trails. Lots of great views as we climbed Mt Tate, Mt Anderson, Mt Anton, Mt Twynam, Mt Lee. From here, the track descends through Cotter Gap, snow gums giving way to blackwood, silver wattle, native cherry, and banksia on a last, flat, section of the walk. Day 26 She cooked it up with vegan custard. Camped at …. So bonus chocolate and other goodies all round. Day 9 The Aawt then leaves the track on a footpad. While yellow markers are visible in densely forested areas of Victoria, certain wilderness areas do not have markers. And finally, our outback tour, Broken Hill and ‘Back, passes through some of the most remote areas of New South Wales. Left Black River Camp and crossed the river twice on log bridges. Was an old gold mining town. Somewhere in the Barry Mountains. Met a couple at the hut out for a few days on their honeymoon. Things that don’t matter after a week really start to kick in when the trip is longer. The first part of the AAWT adventure is to finish off the logistics. Forecast was for a sunny day. Lots of thunder, lightning and rain all afternoon. I assume they are getting an early start. The Australian Alps Walking Track is a long distance walking trail through the alpine areas of Victoria, New South Wales and ACT. Bit of a climb out from Oldfield’s hut up to the Cooleman plains. Still has all the old magazines stuck to the wall as wallpaper. Strolled down the 4km to the Thredbo chair lift. Tonight we are camped at Muller Pass just below Kosciusko ready for the assault on the summit tomorrow. Went as far as we could before the big climb tomorrow over Johhnys Top 800m climb, 900m descent. Today we followed the 4×4 track along to Tin Mine on the way to the Pilot. 600km mark today . For extra information for basic planning … Met A.J. Section 3 - Mt Speculation to Mt Hotham – 54.2 kilometres In April 2015 we returned to Mt Speculation to finish off from where we left off in November 2014 - the unfinished business of going over the Viking and… The food was great, even if it was only pizza. So for Xmas day we traversed the Baw-Baw plateau. You have to take packs off and scramble down the chimney. We also have a number of articles about walking, including tips on preparing for a walking holiday, a guide to our walking tours, and suggestions for selecting walking shoes and socks, and women’s walking shoes. An Antipodean travel company serving world travellers since 1983, Australia, Clusters, Hiking & Walking, New South Wales, Victoria. Much more specy off track. We actually saw a Ranger for the first time on the trip. Arrived at Camp Creek just after lunch. So light packs and younger legs than us so much faster. Camped at Pond Creek Flats. Should get reception via Hotham, Bulla and Baw Baw. Day 33 pt 2 Small group tour of New South Wales, Queensland & South Australia deserts, from Broken Hill. Bucketed rain most of the night but cleared before we had to pack up . The dads were the support crew. We are now at 462.4km. If you like bushwalking, the challenging 650-kilometre (403-mile) Australian Alps Walking Track should be top of the list. No water so we had to walk about a km along the Omeo highway to find a creek. Hugh put on a fireworks display with his stove tonight. Day 17 This is more obvious along this piece of track than ever as we can now see All of our objectives – The Viking, The Razor, Mt Speculation, The Crosscut saw, Mt Howitt. And just as Susie ordered, the rain cleared at 7.00am. All a bit smelly, Day 13 We camped at Blue Waterholes for the night. The crew had bought in lots of yummy food which was appreciated by us all. The longest we have been apart. In November of this year, 206 days away to be exact, I am planning to commence my solo hike on the 680(ish) km Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT). My dreams are filled with a long traverse across a sharp ridgeline, a final summit push onto a rugged snow-capped peak. Susie ordered some rain overnight which cleared before we left this morning. Saw lots more horses today. It is 655 km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and running through to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra. It is 655km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and running through to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra. Day 10 Met a solo walker going to Thredbo, she was giving herself four weeks to get there. A lot of them came into the camp after dark. More good weather for the day. This is the straight part of the Vic/ Nsw border, the other end of it is near Gabo island. From Mount Kosciuszko to Canberra, the walk passes 245 kilometres, through the Main Range and over Mount Jagungal. The old town was burnt out in the 39 fires so no buildings to see. Didn’t see any horses, and only one pile of phoo. Before them, the area was inhabited by a number of Aboriginal language groups, the Kurnai/Gunai people in the southern Victorian Alps, the Walgal people in what is know Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, and the Ngarigo people in the highlands. Suzie’s mum and dad met up with us. It includes full track notes to the 660km route. Lots of the locals were interested in our trip. The incredible, inspiring story of a solo journey through Australia's toughest and most beautiful hiking trail - the Australian Alps Walking Track - for fans of INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer or Cheryl Strayed's WILD and anyone who dreams of iconic wilderness walks. Took an hour longer than expected as there is a lot of regrowth in the area so lots of scrub bashing. Her husband who can’t hike any more was the support crew. Great 360 deg views. The loggers had left a lot of fallen timber over the track. The horses were back again in the night. Lots of horses. There is over 27,000 metres of climbing and descending. Plus a 1.5 km round trip with 250m climb to get water at the campsite. Another big climb over Mt Sunday, Mt Mckintey and on to the camp at Rumpf saddle which is just below Mt Skene. Built far away from any hardware stores, hut architecture is a masterwork in ‘getting by’, with structures built out of corrugated iron, bark and shingles, using fencing wire in place of nails. Questions About Australia for senior travellers Odyssey Traveller specialises in crafting unforgettable experiences for senior and mature-aged travellers interested in learning as a couple or as a solo traveller when they travel. Woke up to light snow and sunshine. During winter and spring, snow can cover long sections of the track. It’s luxury to sit in a chair with a back on it. An easy stroll past Cotter hut. Also crossed the Mitta Mitta river which is the lowest point on the whole trip. We are not following the standard Aawt route as it just follows the road through Perisher and Guthega. Not going to be many panoramas from here on. Rain hail and snow overnight. The camp site had lots of other campers. Had to be careful packing up the tent so it wasn’t blown away Travellers with an interest in long distance hiking may be interested in our walking tours, including our Walking Tour of New Zealand and our Wainwright Walking Trail. The rain cleared by the time we got to Mt Sunday so it turned out a pleasant day after all. Three huge climbs today. Then headed off to bag our third summit for the trip. Winding through the High Country of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, the track starts in the old gold mining town of Walhalla in Victoria. We had a late start at 8.00 this morning. I just dumped my pack and walked straight in for a swim☺ Fortunately for us our neighbour had guitar and could sing quite well, so we went to sleep to a few Paul Kelly songs. Day 28, Another sunny day. The alpine hiking trails cover some of the most spectacular sections of the 700km Alpine Walking Track from Walhalla to ... surely one of the most dramatic walking routes in Australia. Cold night on the pass. 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. 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. For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link. Some stats: Easy day for us, only 21 km. Showers, washing machines, beds. The cemetery has been restored. It starts at Walhalla, Victoria, passes New South Wales and ends in Tharwa near Canberra. We can also see on the southern horizon Mt Baw Baw and Mt Erica, which is just above the end of our trip at Walhalla It was delicious. With the ability to destroy native habitats, brumbies are variously regarded as a dangerous pest – or an important part of our national heritage. It takes 50-60 days to complete. Track was not well marked so spent an hour looking for it. Day 4 A bit past halfway through, the track passes from the Victorian high country into New South Wales, reaching the ski fields of the Main Range. A 650km hike that links the alpine areas of three states: Victoria, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory. We had it a day early so she didn’t have to carry it Your online guide to the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT), Australia’s premier long distance walking trail through the alpine areas of Victoria, NSW and the ACT. On each of the tours for couples and the single traveler you learn something different but fascinating, from Outback Queensland, the Flinders, Broken Hill and the Kimberley and the wildflowers all contribute to this question, what is the outback? Total descend – 30,820m 17km all up for the day. Im walking on Australias toughest and most beautiful mainland hiking trail the 660km Australian Alps Walking Track. Mt Selwyn had good views otherwise in the trees most of the day. Getting to be the norm for each day. Another fine day. Trials of Miles – Running 650+km of the Australian Alps. Learn about the history of the people who explored the deserts, from indigenous communities to Europeans, as well as Burke and Wills, visit White Cliffs, Birdsville, Maree. Looking out for one another among harsh territories, the mountain code of etiquette provided that huts were always left unlocked and stocked with matches and a small amount of dry firewood and kindling. Even in summer, weather conditions in the mountains can be unpredictable – thunderstorms are common, and snow may fall in the higher reaches of the track. Off to the usual 7.00am start. After we loaded up with 8 days food we headed up a big climb to Four Mile hut where we spent the night. 800m climb, 490 descent including 5 km off track across The Rolling Plains. No more Wi-Fi and power points to charge from . Top of 30 today. It’s interesting to see the difference between a week long walk and four weeks. Lots of river crossings on four wheel drive tracks today. We haven’t seen anyone doing the Aawt the other way since Ropers hut. The day started out with thunder and lots of cloud. Historians suggest that the melancholic names given to many places here likely come from early stockmen and drovers battling terrible weather and wild, inhospitable country. We woke to thunder storms. Here, in Australia, the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) was just that. The descent to the campsite at Viking saddle is always interesting, it goes through a chimney in the cliff face. Scrub bashed to the top of Mt Jagungal 500m climb took 3 hrs. Did a bit of a road bash till we got to the Thompson dam catchment. This is the highest peak in ACT. 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. This is a list of published trails in Australia, suitable for walking in three days or longer. Day 7 All up for the day 15.3km, 1350m climb. Tomorrow we climb the Viking then the Razor which we have had glimpses of for the past two days. Each night we have a chux wash in the creek and wash and dry our clothes to try and keep the smell under control. Today we climbed the Viking. The Viking is one of my favourite mountains , Day 30 Camped near the new Barry Saddle water tank. For mature and senior travelers considering joining a small group package tours into the outback to see, learn and explore about this unique place, not only the landscape but the Aboriginal approach to living. We all now eat a lot more than we did at the start to try and keep up the carbs required each day. Has a fantastic view across the valley. The book I ordered before I left about hiking the Te-Araroa trail in NZ (3000km) has arrived, looks like a great trip, maybe at the end of 2017 after Pauline finishes her contract??? 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). All a stroke of luck for us as we got a lift down to The General, the pub at Hotham where our food drop was. Woke up to blue skies and 80km winds. We had a visit from an 80cm Highland Copperhead snake during dinner last night. In the hut, he was heading north so he had to endure all our stories for the afternoon, Day 24 This is the guide for the Australian Alps Walking Track which runs from Walhalla near Melbourne to Canberra. So lots of goodies for dinner. As you walk ... My mum, sister and I did the self guided Great Alpine Walk just before Easter. It has all been burnt out and the dead trees are now falling. Did I mention how much i hate carrying water Susie has gone off to check out the water source, it’s nice to have but not vital. We spent the rest of the day at the hut while it rained and hailed out side. Then on to the next food drop at Benambra-Corryong road. Four times as many people as we have seen from the start. A steady climb in the morning got us to Mt Wills and the hut at the top by lunch time. Quite a bit of snow still around, much slower to traverse as you have to kick in steps all the time. Went for a swim/wash in the river, then napped the afternoon away till the rains came. Pig out tonight. Another hot day coming up, 30 deg and late storms. Then the mother of all climbs, up the Casper Creek track and over Mt Easton. The track is 655 km long, starting at Walhalla, Victoria and heads north to Tharwa, ACT near Canberra. He picked up the empty bins and headed back to Melb. This morning was a long climb followed by an easy road bash to the campsite at Four Mile creek. Then to everyone’s surprise Darryl arrived with some tape for Jackie that was missing in the drop at Camp creek. The inside of the tent was frozen this morning. This would have been nice if it wasn’t next to a logging coup. The Australian Alps are home to Australia’s most iconic collection of brumbies, the wild horses – descended from escaped or lost horses from the early years of settlement – immortalised by Banjo Patterson in The Man From Snowy River. The trudge on bitumen for 7 km down the Great Alpine Road. The resident mouse spent all night trying to steal her food. Met two guys and their sons at the campsite. 17 km all up today. Colin did this track with some other equally crazy members of the Victorian Mountain Tramping Club (VMTC) in November/December 2016. Odyssey Traveller is now offering a number of tours of Southeastern Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. We were at Lock car park by 1.00pm, which is just as well because Susie’s uncle was there with a 5 seater van. We did another side trip to Old Cooleman homestead. Total climb – 29,580m ( that’s 3.5 times from the ocean to the top of Mt Everest) The first part of the AAWT adventure is to finish off the logistics. Although we had completed the trip twice previously (including a prior winter traverse) this would be our hardest journey. Day 34 Day 14 We ate all his fresh fruit and dumped our rubbish in the car. Not many sleeps to go till the end. The book says that Mt Macdonald which we crossed yesterday is the last mountain without trees on top. We all lost a lot of weight during the trip, despite eating everything in sight I lost 7kg. 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