Walking Since 1939

Alpine Walking Track: Benambra to Mt Hotham


Walk Description

Having only two days separate the Easter and Anzac Day long weekends in 2019, provides an opportunity for an extended autumn walk.   Commencing on the Benambra – Corryong Rd, this 8-day / 100km section of the Alpine Walking Track initially follows the Mitta Mitta Valley before rising to Mt Wills for a view of the Bogong High Plains and Mt Bogong.   From there the route approaches Mt Bogong via the “back way” of Long Spur then crosses over to the Bogong High Plains via Big River and heads towards Mt Hotham passing several historic huts along the way.

Mt Bogong from Mt Wills

Brief Itinerary

19 April (Good Friday):  Depart Melbourne, travel through to Benambra via Mt Hotham (in order to drop off a vehicle and Omeo.     Afternoon walk   Benambra – Corryong Rd to Taylors Crossing : 9km/3.5 hours

Sat 20 April: Taylors Crossing to Gill Creek (14km/6-7 hours)

Sun 21 April: Gill Creek to Mt Wills (12.5km/8 hours)

Mon 22 April: Mt Wills to Cleve Cole Hut (17km/8-9 hours)

Tue 23 April: Cleve Cole Hut – Big River – Ropers Hut (10km/5 hours)

Wed 24 April: Ropers Hut – Cope Hut (16km/6 hours)

Thu 25 April: Cope Hut – Dibbins Hut (15km/ 5 hours)

Fri 26 April: Dibbins Hut – Mt Loch car park (8km/3.5 hours), undo car-shuffle from Benambra Rd, overnight lodge accommodation in Mt Hotham.

Sat 27 April:  optional extra AAWT section with day packs, Mt Hotham – Mt St Bernard (9km/2.5 hours), then drive home.

The grading is medium-hard; the first few days involve ascents and descents of several hundred metres before becoming easier once on the Bogong High Plains.   Participants must have recent pack-carrying experience, preferably over at least 3-4 days.  The leader has the right not to accept bookings from anyone they consider is not sufficiently fit or experienced to undertake this walk, so please provide as much relevant information as you can when booking.

More detailed notes about the walk will be sent to participants when their booking is confirmed.

The deadline for booking on this walk is Wednesday 10th April.

If you are not a member of YHA Bushwalking, the cost is $10 plus any share of car-pooling as described on the Joining a Walk page.   The fee can be paid to the leader at the start of the walk.


Activity Date(s)


April 19, 2019 12:00 pm


April 27, 2019 9:00 am







Stephen S

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