Victorian High Country Loop Trek

Trek and wild-camp the Victorian High Country. 2 days, 1 night.

Immerse yourself in a mini-adventure in the Victorian High Country. Hike into the wilderness via the Bluff, a 1725m-high ridge with endless views, then return to civilization along a different trail. You’ll meander through alpine meadows, camp in a stand of snow gums, enjoy remarkable stargazing, and watch a high country sunrise. Your alpine adventure includes:

  • 2-days of guided hiking
  • 2 nights of camping
  • Professional, local, experienced hiking guide
  • All hiking and camping equipment
  • All meals
  • Transfer from Mansfield information centre

Perfect for:
This is great opportunity to get out of the city and into Australia’s beautiful alpine wilderness. Good fitness level is required, no previous hiking experience necessary.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Melbourne
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 5.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

No previous experience or skill is needed. If you can put one foot in front of the other for several hours, you’ll be fine!

You will be carrying about 12kg of gear in a very comfortable, well-fitting pack. If you are concerned and want to prepare, try walking around your neighbourhood with a weighted (water bottles, books, bags of rice) pack in the days leading up to the trip.

Your guide will prepare delicious backcountry food made from local ingredients as much as possible. Breakfasts and dinners are dehydrated versions of home-cooked meals, and are filling, nutritious and warming. Lunches are simple and tasty, and you’ll have more snacks than you know what to do with.

Absolutely, just let us know at booking.

Spring and fall temperatures in the Victorian High Country range from 11 – 17 °C during the day, and cool off to 4 – 7 °C at night. It’s sunny more than half the days each month.

In summer the temperatures increase to 18 – 22 °C during the day, and 9 – 11 °C at night, and it’s sunny most days.

Note that you’ll be hiking in the alpine, so weather conditions can change suddenly. Snow persists in the high country for 4 – 6 months of the year, and frost is possible year round.

Your host will provide a backpack as well as all camping equipment:

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Cooking equipment and eating utensils
  • Navigation equipment
  • Head torch
  • Gaiters

Pack all your own personal hiking clothing and gear, including:

  • Sturdy, broken in hiking boots
  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic, not cotton)
  • Light-weight shirt and trousers (1 of each, not cotton)
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Warm sweater or jacket (fleece, wool or down)
  • Waterproof jacket (required) and trousers (recommended)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Water bottles or bladders for a minimum capacity of 3L

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Centered on the Great Dividing Range, the Victorian High Country is home to a variety of beautiful landscapes and ecosystems. The area is composed of ancient weathered plateaus crisscrossed by narrow ridges and punctuated with mountain ranges. You’ll hike in forests of gum trees, along rushing rivers, and through alpine meadows alive with herbs and butterflies.

Numerous famous high peaks are found in the region, including Victoria’s highest peak, Mount Bogong (1986m), and Mount Buller (1804m), a peak you’ll get excellent views of along you hike.

From the Bluff you’ll enjoy an endless vista of plains, peaks, and sky. There’s nothing but space and nature, birds and wind, peace and tranquility, in the High Country. You’ll find it easy to reconnect with nature there.

Start point?
If you are driving your own car your host will meet you at 8 Mile Flat, alternatively, you can arrange a transfer departing from the information center in Mansfield.

Finish point?
The trek will finish at 8 Mile Flat. If needed a transfer to the information center in Mansfield can be arranged.

What to Expect

Day 1 : Arrival and camping

Meet your guide at the campsite in the Eight Mile Flat. You should aim to get to the campsite no later than 6 pm. Your campsite has already been set up for you.

Enjoy a freshly prepared meal, check out the map to see where you’re going tomorrow, and gaze at the stars before heading to bed.

Day 2: Hike the Bluff

Wake up early for a hearty breakfast, then hit the trail.

You’ll hike the steep and steady Eight Mile Spur, climbing out of the forest and into the alpine ecosystem.

The trail gets rocky and challenging at times, but there’s no rush and your guide is always there to help.

Finish the ascent around midday, perfect timing for lunch atop the Bluff. Enjoy endless views over the high country. You’ll hear nothing but bird song and wind—it is truly wild up there.

After lunch, hike along the ridgeline, then descend to Bluff Hut. Set up camp in a grove of snow gums and relax while your guide cooks a filling meal.

After sunset enjoy incredible stargazing while sipping on a hot drink, then head to bed for a well-deserved night of sleep.

12.5km of walking, 1100m of ascent

Day 3: Return hike and departure

Wake up early to catch a colourful sunrise, then eat breakfast and pack up.

You’ll hike back to Eight Mile Flat following a different trail, Sixteen Mile Spur. It’s a lovely walk, and somewhat gentler than yesterday’s adventure.

Stop at Ritchies Hut for lunch, then follow the rushing Howqua River to Eight Mile Flat to finish the tour.

12km of walking, 850m of descent

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.


You’ll be camping at established camp sites adjacent to rustic huts. There are basic facilities (water, pit toilets), but otherwise the sites are quite wild. You have the option of a 1-, 2-, or 3-person tent depending on your group size.

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