Great Walhalla Alpine Trail

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Located 3 hours east of Melbourne lies the magnificent Baw Baw national park. This park is home to part of the great 680km Australian Alps Walking Track, starting from Walhalla and finishing in Canberra. In addition to this giant hike, there is also an alternative hike that spans a 41.4km, 2 day hike from Walhalla to Mt Baw Baw (or vice versa); I decided to do this version and start this hike from Mt Baw Baw and descend to Walhalla. This hike was also undertaken during winter and consisted of trails covered in large amounts of snow.

map for snow hikeDay 1: The hike began around 9:00am at the Mt Baw Baw car park, climbing up besides skiers made it an interesting start to the hike... I eventually made it to the top of the trail in which I would officially start the hike. From there, I spent the first hour and a half getting lost by not reading my map properly, to find out that I had missed a turn off that would lead me in the right direction; I only saw two people on the entire trip and they looked like they were just doing day walks.

The trail itself was challenging as I had to use a compass to assist with directions as snow had completely covered the trail. However the knee - thigh height levels of snow did not bother me and I found it quite peaceful to be trekking in new conditions. Throughout the first day I had to walk through frozen creeks, adjust my clothing to prevent myself from overheating and then from getting too cold, cross narrow bridges and stay focused. 


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Towards the end of my first day I had been told that there was a strong possibility that there was going to be a storm coming through and that I should be all tented up around 6:00-7:00. Well it was past 7:00 and it was just about dark when I decided to pitch up tent at the nearest sight of flat ground, I had thought I would have made the 20km mark to the overnight camp site but I was wrong. I think that night was the quickest I had ever set up my tent ever, the weather turned violent and branches around me were falling everywhere; I waited for the morning. 

Day 2: The next day I woke up at around 6:00am, I got out of my tent and was amazed with where I was. A beautiful orange and yellow sunrise that surrounded me through the trees was present (video on instagram) and there was the slightest breeze.The birds were chirping and there was not one person around me; I felt ready for the day.
DCIM100GOPROI ate breakfast, packed my tent and continued the hike while also wondering how much further I would have had to walk to make it to the camp site; seven minutes later and I was walking through the campsite... After passing through the campsite there were these enormous rocks that were called 'Mushroom Rocks', they were these massive rocks that looked like mushrooms; unfortunately I didn't take any photos of them but you can find them on the internet. 

As the day went on I started my decent to Walhalla, which meant I could take my snow pants and jacket off as there was now dirt on the trail. This part of the hike was absolutely beautiful as I was surrounded by tall lush trees, ferns and patches of snow.      DCIM100GOPROAround 5:00pm I reached the historical Tramway bridge which extends over Thompson river, this was a major milestone as I knew the end of the hike was near. The remainder of the hike took me through a steady but windy track along the side of the mountains which lead me to the great town of Walhalla. 
DCIM100GOPROThis hike would have to be my most challenging but favorite adventure that I have endured (so far). An extremely rewarding hike to do and full of history, it is definitely one that I would recommend but to those who feel comfortable with extreme conditions. I enjoyed hiking in the snow for the first time as it provided a brand new challenge, the scenery was amazing and I loved the tranquility it brought to me. 

                                Harrison.
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You Yangs Regional Park – Flinders Peak Lookout


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Located west of Melbourne and only an hours drive away lies the You Yang's Regional Park. This national park provides great scenery and adventure for all hikers; regardless of level. Screen Shot 2018-09-25 at 8.42.32 pm

One of the more popular (and rewarding) hikes is the Flinders Peak Lookout, which stands at 670 meters above sea level; this is a 3.2km hike that will take you about 1-1.5 hours (return) to complete. Those who choose to combat this hike will start off from the Turntable car park and finish at the top; from the summit you will be able to view the outlines of north Brisbane also.

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Top of Flinders Peak Lookout

This is a great hike to do over a weekend with friends or family and very safe too, there is much to see and enjoy whilst tackling the Flinders Peak Lookout; keep in mind there is quite a steep elevation so take your time!

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Top of Flinders Peak Lookout

                             Harrison.

Alpine National Park – Licola

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Halfway between the border of New South Wales and Melbourne lies the Alpine National Park; but more specifically for this post, Licola. Approximately a 3.5 hour drive from Melbourne, you will be led into a dense and lush location.There are many areas that provide an adequate location to camp on and for this trip I decided to set up along the Wellington River, which consists of 13 different sites.   

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Once set up, there are a variety of hikes that surround the area that you can undertake ranging from all day hikes to just a couple of hours. For this trip however I planned on tackling the Crinoline trail from the Wellington river, the full duration of this hike is 2-3 days; however there is also an alternative 5 hour hike (return) that will get you to the top and back without having to do the full 2-3 days.
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I feel this is a good place to step up your hiking game as there a few more challenging trails throughout the area in comparison to my last hike (Link: https://millennialhiker601259025.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/wilsons-promontory-southern-circuit/).

Furthermore, across the bridge into Licola holds a small convenience shop and fuel station; there is only the basic essentials in this store however about an hour drive away is Heyfield which has a wider variety of shops and supplies.blog 1 

                             Harrison.

 

Wilsons Promontory – Southern Circuit

 

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My first 'official' hike, located at the very very bottom of Victoria (2.5 hour drive from Melbourne)  
reveals Wilsons Promontory. I undertook the southern circuit which consisted of a 3 day 59km loop, starting and finishing at Tidal River.  
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Day 1 consisted of hiking from Tidal River to Halfway Hut (12.3km), the large majority of this section was sand based and included crossing an extremely vast beach (Oberon Bay) until a narrow track took me through the shrubbery towards halfway hut.

Day 2 led me from Halfway Hut to Refuge Cove (28.8km), this was a pretty intense day with the majority of the hike consisting of walking uphill. However also most rewarding, as I was able to visit the most southern lighthouse in Australia and discover the deserted beach of Little Waterloo Bay. Furthermore, from Little Waterloo Bay I hiked the remaining hours of daylight to Refuge Cove in which I set up camp for the night. 
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Day 3 brought the journey's end but also the most tranquil sights I had seen throughout the hike. From Refuge Cove to Mt Oberon and back to Tidal River (18.6km), I would have to say this was my favorite part of the hike due to the crystal blue waters and other empty beaches. 
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I would recommend this hike to anyone who is just starting off, as you can choose sections of the hike to do and still return within the day or two. Below is a link to the actual site which can provide you with extra info.
http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/wilsons-promontory-national-park/things-to-do/southern-prom-overnight-hikes
                                 Harrison. 

	

Introduction

20, Based in Melbourne, Australia.


I created this site to post and share some of the hikes and travels I’ve been on since the act of deeply exploring my home state (Victoria). Beginning in late 2016, I have made greater efforts to explore my surroundings above the ordinary suburban life; through disembarking towards contrasting areas across the state.

 Furthermore, my posts will date back to the starting point (late 2016) of my travels until current times. As for the capturing, all photos are original and are simply taken on my GoPro 3+.

                 Harrison.                               

 

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* December 2016, Wilsons Promontory National Park (Refuge Cove)