“The best weekend out is taking your time on a hike along the Razorback from Mount Hotham to Feathertop in the alpine region of Northeast Victoria. Camping overnight on the mountain around a campfire then leisurely trekking back down into Harrietville the next day is a must for every adventurer. While most refer to Hotham as a winter destination, during summer the Razorback walk is breathtaking, with views of the Ovens Valley and beyond. With ever-changing scenery and an abundance of flora and fauna, each visit provides a new and lasting highlight.” – AT reader Damian Arsenis, Burwood Vic
Even when water supplies run dry, ankles roll on rocky surfaces, tired kids beg for breaks and your partner insists on leading the pack from miles ahead, tranquility still prevails, somehow, as you absorb the surrounds of Victoria’s Alpine National Park.
With panoramic views and fields of wildflowers, this classic High Country walking trail is the gem of Victoria’s high plains. Showcasing the state’s highest peaks, sweeping scenery presents range upon sparkling range. Patches of emerald green marsh lace the mountainside and in summer, keen walkers can be seen dotting the slopes. It’s one way to escape the heat and throng of Australia’s perpetual coastline.
At 1922m and way beyond the tree line, the craggy ridge of Razorback is, quite literally, a sharp edge making its way up to the summit. And reaching the peak isn’t just an achievement, it’s a spectacle. If you’re an avid photographer, this is your opportunity to capture 360-degree images from the roof of the country.
AT’s advice is to escape the sizzling coastal temperatures and join the seasonal trekkers trudging towards the crisp alpine air and clear blue skies. Warmth envelopes the ranges and calm conditions entice you to set up camp. From rocky clusters to lethal escarpments and from ravines to deep forests, this family friendly playground is a weekend you just can’t miss.
Other things to do:
- Explore the fascinating town of Dinner Plain
- Horse ride through the High Country, www.highcountryhorses.com.au
- Mountain bike through snow gums and alpine grass
- Visit charming Bright for a latte and a homemade pie
Details: Hotham to Feathertop
Where: 400km northeast of Melbourne.
Contact: Alpine National Parks www.parkweb.vic.gov.au, Parks Victoria Info Centre 13 19 63.
Stay: Set up camp in the shade of snow gums. Camping in the Park is permitted, check www.parkweb.vic.gov.au, or try the Snowline Hotel on (03) 57 592 524.
What to take: A torch, always handy for camping and to finding your way at dusk.
Did you know: Snow that runs off the summit and remains in the gullies over spring looks like feathers, hence the name Feathertop.