“Breathe in the High Country, Exhale the Experience” is much more than a motto, it’s a mantra for Romana and Kevin, partners in life and co-founders of High Country Hiking Tours.
From the summits of Mt Stirling and Mt Buller, through valleys where mountain rivers flow, across the ridges of Eagles Peaks and The Crosscut Saw they hike, visiting high country huts, knocking off summits along the way, laying their heads down for a good night’s rest in some of the most spectacular locations the High Country has to offer.
On the hikes you will visit places with the most amazing sunsets you’ll ever see and sunrises that take your breath away. You will walk amongst wildflower covered hillsides and breathe the freshest air.
They offer affordable adventures that range from easy, half days to challenging five-day treks in remote wilderness that can be tailored to suit anyone from an enthusiastic beginners to small groups of friends keen for a fun weekend in the great outdoors.
Whether you’re a newcomer to hiking or you’re a veteran of the Overland Track, they will ensure your High Country Hiking Adventure is a fun and memorable experience in a truly spectacular part of the world. They will supply meals and all the hiking and camping equipment of the highest quality.
Mt Timbertop is located in the Victorian High Country on the way from Mansfield to Mt Buller. Its flat top is unmistakable and easily visible from Mt Buller Road. Mt Timbertop provides tranquillity with unforgettable views just a short distance from a major road.
It’s a great half a day guided hike along a well-defined track with a small rock scramble near the summit that is suitable to any level of fitness. Wildlife such as wombats, wallabies and parrots can be spotted along the way. There are small lizards sunning themselves on logs and rocks that line the side of the trail and you will also enjoy a colourful array of flowers during the warmer months.
Come along and let High Country Hiking Tours show you one of the many beautiful parts of the Victorian High Country.Carpark
From $245 to $260
Stirling Experience is a fantastic overnight hike for families with children nine years and older. It is a great introduction for children to overnight hiking and a wonderful opportunity to spend quality family time in the beautiful Victorian High Country.
Enjoy two days of guided hiking around Mt Stirling Alpine Resort under a canopy of towering Alpine Ash in the lower parts of the mountain and beautiful Snow Gums on the higher sections of the mountain. Enjoy the wildflowers that line the path, keep an eye out for animals such as wallabies, deer and lyrebirds and various parrots such as Cockatoos, Rosellas and Galahs. Look out for bugs and beetles and butterflies and just simply enjoy your surroundings. At the end of the day, from the summit of Mt Stirling, watch the sunset beyond the horizon.
You don’t need to go out purchasing expensive hiking equipment, we will provide everything, but your personal items and food. It is a fully supported hike where you will get the experience of carrying an overnight backpack, but all bulky items and additional water will be dropped off at the campsite for you.Carpark Family Friendly
Eagle Peaks are located in the Victorian High Country just out of Howqua Hills Historic Area. It is a peaceful place away from the often busy camping areas of Sheepyard Flat with amazing views of Mt Buller’s Southern slopes and surrounding peaks.
The track to Eagle Peaks is a combination of easy and challenging sections. The last section is scrambling up a steep scree slope and is sure to get your heart racing, but carrying only a day pack, anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will be able to complete this track and have a lot of fun doing it. Taking short rest stops along the way is a must so that you can soak up the breathtaking views.
This is an amazing hike and you really need to see it to believe it.
Enjoy one day of guided hiking through the Alpine National Park. Watch out for wildlife such as wombats and wallabies and hear the Kookaburras laugh as they follow you up the track.Carpark
Explore Mt Buller’s West Ridge with its rugged terrain and sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. This side of Mt Buller is very different to the better known North and South sides with its ski runs and mountain bike trails. This is a remote part of the mountain with very different hiking experience.
The West Ridge is a challenging track and requires a good level of fitness, however, you do not need to be an experienced hiker to joins this tour. It is uphill most of the way with some very steep climbs and rocky sections to tackle. These sections definitely add to the adventure and make this hike even more exciting. After completing the West Ridge Adventure hike, you will never look at Mt Buller in the same way.
After reaching the summit, you will hopefully be rewarded with one of High Country’s stunning sunsets.
If you do plenty of walking and keep your fitness at a good level, you will most definitely enjoy taking on the West Ridge.Carpark
Mt Stirling and Mt Buller are popular winter holiday destinations for many Victorians, but they are also great to visit any other time of the year.
This three-day hike has it all. Log river crossings where you can spot trout swimming in the cool waters of the Delatite River, steep ascents and descents through beautiful forests of the Alpine National Park and at the end of each day be rewarded by stunning views from Mt Stirling and Mt Buller summits.
The scenery is ever-changing with lush ferns edging the Delatite River and tall Alpine Ash forests to twisted Snow Gums and treeless mountain tops. Look out for wildlife such as wallabies, wombats, deer and many beautiful birds.
With a challenging first and second day, your fitness level will definitely be tested, so you want to make sure that you are well prepared to make the most of this experience.
One night in a tent and one night in a lodge, this hike gives an opportunity to ruff it out first and enjoy a comfy bed and a shower on the second night.Carpark
Craig’s Hut is one of Victoria’s most iconic places to visit. The Hut was a movie set built especially for the film The Man from Snowy River in 1982 and was named after the family that lived there. The hut standing today is the 4th version. Version three burnt down by wildfire on 11 December 2006 and the hut was again rebuilt in 2007.
Experience two days of guided hiking around Mt Stirling with stunning views of Mt Buller and surrounding peaks. Watch the vegetation change from tall Alpine Ash to beautiful Snow Gums and keep an eye out for deer, wallabies and lyrebirds, and various parrots like Cockatoos, Rosellas and Galahs. The sunrise and sunset at Craig’s Hut are the perfect opportunities to put your camera to work and capture the beauty of this area.
On this hike, you have the option of either carrying an overnight backpack with all your gear or just a daypack with the bare essentials.
This is not a difficult track, but the steady ascent of Mt Stirling and few short, steep sections will get your heart rate up. A medium level of fitness is required to enjoy this hike.Carpark
Eagle Peaks are located in the Victorian High Country just out of Howqua Hills Historic Area. It’s a peaceful place away from the busy camping areas of Sheepyard Flat with amazing views of Mt Buller’s Southern slopes and surrounding peaks.
This is a challenging hike with a continuous uphill climb on the first day. The hike starts up a very steep track, which later eases off to a more manageable gradient. At the end of the day, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views.
The next day, a narrow track will guide you along a ridge over Eagle Peaks. It’s a rough track with some rock scrambling and more magnificent views.
Eagle Peaks hike is very challenging, therefore you need to be fit to complete it, carrying an overnight backpack. It’s also extremely rewarding. The views and the remoteness of the area are something to be appreciated.
The number of tours to Eagle Peaks are restricted to two per season with a maximum group of six including the guide. It’s important to book early to secure a place on one of the Eagle Peaks Traverse hiking tours.Carpark
Nestled amongst the mountains on the banks of the Howqua River, Ritchie’s Hut is located at Fourteen Mile Creek and was built in late 1947 as a fishing hut. It burnt down in January 2007 in bushfires and was rebuilt in May 2009.
Enjoy two days of guided walking along the Howqua River in the beautiful Victorian High Country where the smell of eucalyptus and earth is so strong, it takes over your senses.
Whether you are a day hiker wanting to try multi-day hiking or you have never hiked before, this track is for you. It is an easy undulating walk high up on the banks of the Howqua River. A creek crossing just before you reach the hut is easy to cross stepping on rocks or if you would like to wet your feet, wading through the water. The next day, you will follow the same track back.
This hike does not require a great deal of fitness and as long as you are prepared to carry an overnight backpack, you will have no problem completing this hike with a smile on your face.Carpark
From $55 to $60
The track winds along a creek surrounded by lush ferns and a beautiful forest of tall trees with pretty bridges crossing the creek. The water in the creek is crystal clear and at times you can spot fish swimming, enjoying the quiet waters. There are beautiful wildflowers and interesting fungi to look out for, plus birds, bugs, lizards, butterflies and many other living creatures that keep popping up along the way. The highlight of this hike is a beautiful gem hidden deep in the lush forest, the Plain Creek Falls.
This trail is slightly undulating with some steeper ascents and descents, but only very short sections that any person of any fitness level can easily tackle. It is a great hike for families with children from about eight years old, however, if your child is younger and you believe they can walk the distance, we are happy to have them along. There is a nice break at the waterfalls, so it breaks up the hike and gives their little legs some rest.Carpark Family Friendly
From $55 to $60
Enjoy a guided walk along nice trails that wind through the beautiful Mt Stirling Alpine Resort.
During late spring, summer and autumn, these trails are great for hiking and in winter they transform into snow-covered cross country ski trails.
On this hike, you will make a slow ascent to the Razorback Hut, which was, until recent times, still used by local mountain cattlemen. Nowadays, it is a popular destination for hikers, horse riders, four-wheel drivers and cross country skiers. You will get to explore this beautiful hut at your leisure before ambling back towards Telephone Box Junction passing a pretty billabong, perfect for practising your landscape photography and along a trail surrounded by towering Alpine Ash and lush ferns.
This hike is suitable for families with children, recommended from nine years and up. Bring some of their favourite snacks to charge them up during the hike. It is not a difficult hike, but too long for children younger than nine years.Carpark Family Friendly
From $95 to $110
Craig’s Hut is a must to see for anyone visiting the Victorian High Country.
This tour starts at Telephone Box Junction at Mt Stirling. From there you will be transported in one of High Country Hiking Tours’ vehicles to the start of a walking track that winds its way through a beautiful forest of towering Alpine Ash towards the iconic Craig’s Hut. Once out of the forest, breathtaking views across the Victorian High Country will start opening up in front of you. Have your camera ready to start capturing the beauty that surrounds you.
At Craig’s Hut, you will have time to explore and discover the hut and its surroundings at your own leisure. On your return journey, you will retrace your steps along a section of the walking track before being picked up by our Base Camp Manager and transported back to Telephone Box Junction via Howqua Gap, completing the full Circuit Road circle.
This hike is suitable for families with children age six and above. Child safety seats (please bring your own if your child requires one).
Note: The drive is on an unsealed road and a short part is on a four-wheel-drive track.Carpark Family Friendly
The Crosscut Saw is located in the Victorian High Country and stands out amongst other peaks due to its serrated ridge. This track offers steep climbs and rock scrambles, incredible views, river crossings, high country huts and much more.
This hike is an amazing experience. It’s tough, challenging, gorgeous, rewarding and it’s fun. It’s about new experience, new challenges, it’s about testing yourself physically and mentally. This track will give you all of that and more. The experience you will take away from this hike will stay with you forever. This is Victorian High Country at its best, with endless views and the most incredible sunrises and sunsets you will ever see.
This is not an easy track and every day has its challenges, but it’s rewarding in many ways and you need to experience it yourself to appreciate it. Living out of your backpack for five days, tackling rock scrambles and steep ascents and descents is not an easy task, but anyone who wants this amazing experience can do it.
Don’t hesitate and book today to secure a place. Get fit, get ready and come on a hiking adventure of a lifetime.Carpark
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