Walking Since 1939

Christmas Pack Carry: Mt Nelse Area & Middle Bogong High Plains


Walk Description

Total Distance: 39.5km
Total Walking Time: 15 hours
Walking rate:
3.0 km/hour
Climb rate: Some ups and downs on gentle slopes with climbs no more than 400 m at a rate of 250 m/hr.

Maps: Bogong Alpine Area, Outdoor Recreation Guide, 1: 50000.   Bogong High Plains Forest Activities Map, Rooftops


Most of the walk is on well formed tracks, fwd tracks with only a small section cross country off track.

Note: Side trips are not included in the distance and walking time calculations.


Water: North East Victoria has experienced an extended winter and wet Spring so there should be plenty of drinking water on the Bogong High Plains. Water is available along the way and near the campsites. You will need a minimum water carrying capacity of approximately 2.5 litres. Water may need to be treated using filters, SteriPens, boiling or tablets.

Campfires: Campfires are not permitted in some parts of the Bogong High Plains. You will need to carry liquid fuel or gas stoves.

Type of country and weather conditions: Most of the walk is in an alpine environment and above 1500 m. Snow can be expected any time during the year even in late December so be prepared for these conditions. You are more likely to experience warm sunny days and cold nights.


Proposed Bushwalk:

Day1. Sunday 27th Dec.  Leave Melbourne early in the morning, about 6.00 am to arrive at the Rocky Valley Picnic Area (start of the Heathy Spur Track), to start the bushwalk at 12.30 pm. Allow a minimum of 6 hours to do the journey with appropriate stops on the way. Rocky Valley Picnic Area – follow the ski pole line to Landford Gap  — West Aqueduct – Wallace Hut – Cope Hut. Camp near Cope Hut.

Distance: 8 km, Walking time: 3 hours.


Day 2. Monday 28th Dec. Cope Hut – AAWT – Wallace Hut – Langford West  Aqueduct – Langford East Aqueduct – Fitzgerald Hut. Camp: Fitzgerald Hut area.

Distance: 10 km.  Walking time: 4 hours.


Day 3. Tuesday 29th Dec. Fitzgerald Hut – Kelly Track – The Park – AAWT – Mount Nelse – Mount Nelse North – Warby Corner – Roper Hut. Camp near Roper Hut

Distance: 10 km.  Walking time: 4 hours.


Day 4. Wednesday 30th  Dec. Roper Hut – AAWT – Warby Corner – Heathy Spur – Rocky Valley Picnic Area.

Distance: 11.5 km, Walking time: 4 hours

Depart for Melbourne about 12.30 pm.

Expected arrival time back in Melbourne, before 6.00 pm.


Summary of food requirements

Breakfast On track Lunch Dinner
27 – 12 – 20 Melbourne # Car park #
28 – 12 – 20 # # # #
29 – 12 – 20 # # # #
30 – 12 – 20 # # # Home
Totals 3 4 3 3

# Food required



Should you Participate?

We need to follow all state government guidelines regarding COVID-19, hence if you are required to be in quarantine or isolation, live in a restricted postcode (if and when designated by state government) or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms including the following, you should NOT be doing this walk:

  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.

If you or anyone in your household feels sick in any way, please cancel. If you become unwell during the walk please notify your Leader immediately.

If you are in a high risk category, including being elderly or having a pre-existing medical condition, you should consider carefully whether you participate as the Club will accept no liability if you choose to participate.

Refer also to the Victoria state government Coronavirus page


Social Distancing and Good Hygiene

Before, during and after the walk, please practice social distancing and good hygiene to minimise the risk of infection:

• Carry a mask and wear it when required by the state government.

• Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other walkers.
• Do not share food / water / equipment, or shake hands.
• Use tissues and do not dispose of these in the bush. Carry a plastic bag for disposing of tissues.
• Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
• Wash hands or use sanitiser after contact with shared surfaces, e.g. gates, fences, benches, petrol pumps.

If you are not able to practice good hygiene your Leader will ask you to leave the walk.



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.

Drivers can choose whether they wish to take passengers or not. To maintain physical distancing, it is recommended you take no more than 1 passenger, unless you are taking family members or persons from your household.

For drivers who agree to accept a passenger, the Victorian State Government guidelines during Victoria’s CovidSafe Summer restrictions are:

You can have passengers in your car. Where possible:

  • your passenger should sit in the back seat in order to maintain physical distancing 
  • all passengers should wear a fitted face mask in the car unless you have a lawful exemption
  • increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having air-conditioning on recirculate
  • high touch surfaces in the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.



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 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.
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:

Members $0,  Non-members $10.

To avoid handling cash, non-members are required to pre-pay their booking fee.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances (e.g. you need to cancel because you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms), there will be no refunds.
So please do not book unless you are fully committed to walking.
Payment by Paypal or card is the quickest method, but if you choose to pay by EFT please follow the instruction to email the Treasurer with your payment details.

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)


December 27, 2020 12:30 pm


December 30, 2020 12:30 pm







Bruce M

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