Walking Since 1939

Pack Carry: The Bluff and Howqua River


Trip Overview

The Bluff Trail climbs steadily along Eight Mile Spur, although the end section is quite steep. Spectacular views at the time before proceeding to Bluff Hut is a great hike, with a sheltered campsite. We then have a relatively easy walk back to our start point.

A gpx file is available from our friends at trailhiking.com.au – https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hikes/the-bluff-trail/


Itinerary and Walk Descriptions

Distance: 28 km total

Saturday, 8 Mile Flat

It’s a l-o-n-g drive from Melbourne to 8 Mile Flat, where we commence our hike. This road is doable by 2WD (or at least, it is according to my information).

We meet at 5 pm (or whatever time takes your fancy), and camp in style at 8 Mile Flat. Let us hope there are no yobbos at 8 Mile Flat, listening to loud music, drinking and fighting until 4 am. If there are, we may need to relocate.

Sunday, 8 Mile Flat to the Bluff – 13 km

Camp at Bluff Hut, where apparently a steady supply of water is available.

Monday, The Bluff back to 8 Mile Flat via a different route – 15 km

We will stop by Ritchies Hut.

We then return home.



Transport to and from the walk location is by car. Please indicate your transport requirements and preferences on the booking request form when you book in.

If you don’t have a car, we can’t guarantee to provide you with a lift – this will depend on available drivers and their locations.

Drivers can choose whether they wish to take passengers or not.

Passengers must pay the driver their share of car-pooling costs as described on the Car-pooling page. Please discuss the preferred method of payment with your driver.



Booking is required for this walk. Please indicate what similar walks you have done recently (i.e. in the past few months) to give the leader confidence that you are capable of doing this one. Refer to Walking Grades which, in conjunction with the walk description, will help you assess whether you have the required walking fitness and experience to do this walk.

The Leader will confirm your acceptance on the walk, or not, via email.  The leader will provide details of where and when to meet.

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Booking Fee:
Members: free.     Non-members: $10.

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There will be no refunds, so please do not book unless you are fully committed to walking.


What to Bring

• All the equipment, clothing, food and water you will need for the walks and overnight stays (refer Trip details above).

• To help manage the Covid risk, the following is useful: Hand Sanitiser, Face Mask(s), RAT test(s).

Refer to our Gear Checklist page for more details, or discuss with the leader.  If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.


Emergency Club Contact

The emergency club contact for this walk is Ken.  The leader can provide you with the contact’s phone number, if you wish to pass this on to any friend/family member who may be concerned if you return late.


COVID-19 Requirements

  • You should not be attending this event if you are Covid-19 positive and/or are required to be in quarantine or isolation.
  • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms or are a contact of someone with Covid-19, please follow the instructions in the Coronavirus Victoria website.


Safety and Ambulance Insurance

We strongly recommend that you have Ambulance cover. If conditions are hazardous, the walk may be cancelled. If any doubts at all, check your emails the night before and the morning of the event. For more details refer to: Joining a walk and your safety


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Activity Date(s)


March 9, 2024 5:00 pm


March 11, 2024 4:00 pm







Craig B

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