Walking Since 1939

The Bluff, Howqua River Circuit via 8 and 16 Mile Spurs


Distance: 27km

Walk Description

Camp at Sheepyard Flat on Friday night.

Sat – Short drive to the start of the walk at the bottom of Eight Mile Spur.  Top up with water from the Howqua River, then start the ascent of The Bluff which is a steep 1200m gain in elevation.  Expect some views from Rocky Ridge before dropping down into Refrigerator Gap, followed by the last steep ascent with some rock scrambling before reaching The Bluff summit.  Head to camp near Bluff Hut (water and toilets) via Mt Eadley Stoney.

Sun – Descend to the Howqua River via Bluff Track and Sixteen Mile Rd.  Follow the river back to the cars visiting Ritchies Hut on the way.


Booking is  required for this walk.  The Leader will confirm your acceptance onto the walk via an email.  A few days before the walk, the leader will organise car-pooling and provide details of where and when to meet.

It is expected that anyone undertaking an overnight walk has at least the experience and equipment necessary to comfortably complete a “medium” graded day walk.   If you are new to overnight camping, please refer to our Gear Checklist page or discuss with the leader.   Some equipment (eg tents, stoves) can be borrowed or shared provided you advise the leader of this when booking.  For harder-graded walks, the leader has the right not to accept bookings from anyone they consider is not sufficiently fit or experienced to undertake it, so please provide as much relevant information as you can when booking.

Booking Fee:

Please pay the leader CASH at the start of the walk, NO credit cards.

Passengers must pay the driver their share of car-pooling costs as described on the Car-pooling page. Please bring cash for this purpose.

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Activity Date(s)


November 15, 2019 8:00 pm


November 17, 2019 3:00 pm







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