Hedonistic Hiking is a small company, owned and operated by Jackie and Mick Parsons, offering gourmet guided walking holidays in Australia, Italy, Slovenia, France and Austria. Hedonistic Hiking specialises in tours in the Victorian High Country, the Grampians, the Goldfields Track and along the Great Ocean Walk, and offers a mix of scheduled and tailor-made itineraries.
The tour groups are small and friendly and the walking is enjoyably challenging, while the support vehicle enables you to walk as much or as little as you please. A mixture of fine dining experiences and gourmet picnic lunches ensures that you sample the very best food and wine that the region has to offer, and the emphasis is always on premium quality, locally sourced produce.
Hedonistic Hiking is committed to sustainability, so through the tours, you contribute directly to supporting small businesses in the area.
Jackie and Mick spend half the year in Victoria and are passionate about the food, the wine and the walking of this region. Perhaps more importantly they offer unsurpassed personal service on each and every tour, and it is this above all which brings people back to Hedonistic Hiking year after year.
This is a great weekend of hiking exploring one of the most historic towns in North East Victoria. Beechworth is the area’s best-preserved gold rush town and this itinerary has two hikes which take us to the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park and through the area’s prestigious Nebbiolo vineyards. We dine in two of the town’s most popular restaurants, including the multi award-winning Provenance, and have the opportunity to taste some of the finest wines of the region.
Beechworth is an easy drive from Albury airport and around three and a half hours from Melbourne. Choose where to stay from an amazing selection of local accommodation in this historic town.
This new Level 5 tour explores the rugged mountains of the Grampians National Park and cherry picks some of the best walks of the new long-distance Grampians Peaks Trail. The park is one of Victoria’s great natural wonders, known as Gariwerd, and is registered on Australia’s National Heritage List for its Aboriginal cultural heritage. The craggy granite and sandstone mountains rise out of the flat Wimmera plains affording outstanding views of central Victoria, and the spectacular rocky ridges are home to some 900 different species of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.
You’ll stay three nights in the bustling town of Halls Gap, in the heart of the National Park, followed by three nights in Mount Sturgeon Homestead in Dunkeld at the southern tip of the mountains. The final evening is at the renowned Wickens Restaurant at the Royal Mail in Dunkeld, which not only has one of Australia’s finest working kitchen gardens but also an award-winning wine cellar.
Hedonistic Hiking’s Great Ocean Walk is an exclusive tailor made tour for private groups of minimum eight people. A bespoke itinerary is designed to suit individual requirements and owner-operators Jackie and Mick Parsons offer outstanding personal service with over 30 years’ experience of guiding hikes around the world.
Choose to hike the complete 100 kilometre Great Ocean Walk or let Hedonistic Hiking select the highlights for you.
Immerse yourself in nature and savour the dramatic, ever-changing views of the stunning coastline of the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks. The trail takes you through a wide-ranging variety of coastal environments with a diverse array of flora and fauna, towering gum trees, deserted beaches and fertile farmland.
Stay in delightful accommodation close to the trail. Fabulous food and wine prepared by your personal chef. Minimum group size eight people.
A fabulous High Country weekend of alpine walking with delicious food and wine at both lunchtimes and dinners.
Hotham is best-known as a snow village but it is equally beautiful in the summer months with spectacular unbroken views across the surrounding landscape. Make your way to Hotham on Friday for dinner and on Saturday and Sunday there will be fully-guided hikes with famous Hedonistic Hiking picnics en route. The tour will finish after breakfast on Monday.
Evenings will be a combination of dinners prepared by Mick, who will act as your private chef, and one of the area’s best-loved restaurants.
This seven-day tour hikes the stunning 100 kilometres Great Ocean Walk trail, from the quaint town of Apollo Bay to the iconic Twelve Apostles. It is the ultimate guided tour with a relaxed pace, luxury accommodation and fabulous food and wine. The hiking is wonderfully varied and includes an amazing variety of coastal environments with a diverse array of flora and fauna – towering gum trees, deserted beaches and fertile farmland. The fabulous hiking is enhanced by the compelling history of Victoria’s Shipwreck Coast.
This tour starts and ends in the charming High Country town of Bright and explores the magnificent mountain scenery surrounding the ski villages of Falls Creek, Hotham and Dinner Plain. This alpine region offers incredible views and the tour blends our well-known passions for great hiking with the fabulous food and wine of north east Victoria. This is a challenging hike, the longest day being 23 kilometres, and we do not always have vehicle access at lunchtimes.
Hedonistic Hiking offers a series of Sunset Dinners on Mount Buffalo, on selected evenings during the summer months. Close to Bright in north east Victoria, this beautiful granite mountain is home to a number of unique plants and wildlife and gives shelter to lyrebirds, wombats and possums amongst many other species.
The highest point on Mount Buffalo is known as The Horn which sits at 1,723 metres above sea level. It offers a cool haven in summer with phenomenal views over the surrounding landscape.
The event starts with an afternoon transfer from the centre of Bright up to the mountain. You will walk on well-maintained mountain trails before arriving at The Horn as the sun is setting. Dinner will include canapés and three courses prepared by us using the best locally-sourced fresh produce, matched with fabulous wines from the area. At the end of the evening guests will be transferred back to Bright.
This unique event could be booked by private groups and a minimum of four people would be required.
From $1850 to $2450
Hedonistic Hiking have put together this Escape to Bright package for a minimum of two people, to include three nights in luxury self-catering accommodation, two fabulous guided Hedonistic Hiking walks with food and award-winning local wines and a voucher towards a treatment or organic beauty products at Botanic Alps or Revive Bright.
Bright is one of the most charming country towns in Victoria’s High Country and is equally beautiful in winter and summer. It sits on the banks of the Ovens River and the area is rich in gold-rush history. It is also home to some fabulous restaurants and cafés, a host of wellness and outdoor activities, enticing local produce markets and some truly wonderful winemakers. Just to the west of Bright lies magnificent Mount Buffalo National Park, with its distinctive granite formations and unique flora and fauna.
From $110 to $195
A selection of half and full-day hikes in Victoria’s beautiful High Country for a minimum of two people. All the hikes have transfers included and start and finish in Bright or Porepunkah. Let the team know if you are staying in another town close by and need help with transport.
Razorback – Hotham to Harrietville (22km) Level 5, 7hrs. $195 per person.
Falls Creek to Hotham Alpine Crossing (23km) Level 5, 7hrs. $195 per person.
Mount Buffalo Hike and Picnic (12km) Level 3 – 4. $165 per person.
Buffalo and Brunch or Buffalo and Bubbles (3km) Level 2. $110 per person.
The Goldfields Track offers some of the most stunning hiking trails in Central Victoria. The tour here follows 92 kilometres of the trail’s true highlights, starting in the beautiful landscape of the Great Dividing Range north of Castlemaine, and exploring native bushland, deep gorges and fern-lined creeks.
The tour head in a southerly direction, winding through open farmland and ironbark and stringybark forests, to unearth many vestiges of the rich gold rush history for which the area is famous. Visit the mineral springs at Hepburn and follow a spectacular gorge to arrive at the lake in the charming town of Daylesford. Here we stay in a luxurious 19th century private house in the centre of the town, and Mick assumes his role as chef on the first two evenings. Dinner on the final day is at the celebrated two Chef’s Hats Lake House restaurant, with its beautiful setting overlooking the water.
Known as “the birthplace of Victoria”, the far south west coastal region of Hedonistic Hiking’s home state is wonderfully wild and remote. This new tour here explores this fascinating landscape before heading north across the plains to the spectacular mountains of the Southern Grampians. Traditional owners have been occupying these ranges for thousands of years and refer to them as Gariwerd. With three nights in each location you get to enjoy a fantastic variety of hikes, seeing seal colonies, volcanoes, petrified forests, unique rock formations and a rich diversity of flora and fauna.
As with all tours they focus on the very best local produce along the way and the final evening is at the renowned Royal Mail in Dunkeld, where you’ll enjoy the inspirational cuisine of chef Robin Wickens. Not only does The Royal Mail have one of Australia’s finest working kitchen gardens but also an award-winning wine cellar. You’ll stay in two accommodations, a charming guesthouse in Portland by the coast and Mount Sturgeon Homestead in Dunkeld at the southern tip of the Grampians mountain range.
This tour in Victoria explores the wild mountain scenery of the famous ski village at Falls Creek and the charming country town of Bright on the banks of the Ovens River.
In May this region is at its most spectacular with the changing colours of the autumn leaves and, as usual, we blend our great passion for hiking with the very best food and wine of north east Victoria.
The tour combines spectacular hiking on well-graded mountain trails with more leisurely walking in the hills around beautiful Bright. In addition we have a unique and fantastic foraging day and cooking class with one of the region’s best-loved Italian chefs, Patrizia Simone.
First-time travellers to the area could extend their trip by exploring some of the High Country’s historic towns, gourmet regions or wineries.