It’s safe to say there’s a pretty common misconception that Victoria’s High Country is an exclusive playground for only the most outdoorsy types. And look, that’s not a lie – there are plenty of tough, multi-day walks that appeal to experienced hikers. But this is a region that also caters to the everyday explorer with a number of shorter, more accessible tracks.
Whether it’s immersing yourself in the natural splendour of this mountainous landscape, finding the ideal picnic spot or skirting around the local townships and maybe popping into a winery or two, the High Country has a self-guided trail for you – all you need to do is put one foot in front of the other and start walking.
So what are the best walks for a burgeoning adventurer to try? One of our absolute favourites is the Horn Track, a short walk that takes you to the highest vantage point on Mount Buffalo. Our tip? Pack a picnic and head up at sunset, the scenic vista will blow you away.
If you love a good sunset sesh, another fab option is the trek to Mount Granya's summit. Reach the top and you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding valley. Listen carefully and you might even hear the distinctive call of the lyrebird.
If you’re in Marysville, no trip is complete without a visit to Keppel Lookout. From the viewing platform (which is nestled among mountain ash and stringybark trees) you’ll be able to see the picturesque township, plus the jagged Cathedral Ranges in the distance.
Morgan’s Lookout on Mount Glenrowan is a lovely spot to sit back and take in the beauty of both the Ovens and King Valleys, but the real drawcard is the nearby Black Dog Brewery. Pop in after your stroll and sample some of the tasty craft beers on tap. Or you could give the Mount Pilot Lookout Walk a go – on a fine day Mount Buffalo is clearly visible on the southern horizon.
And for those keen to hike to the highest drivable point in the Southern Hemisphere, the Mountain and Castle Trail at Falls Creek is for you. A great summer route, it passes some of the resort’s most popular ski runs before reaching the base of Mount McKay. At 1849 metres above sea level, you’ll be able to see right over the Bogong High Plains.
Once you’ve had a taste of one of these remarkable hikes, we predict it won’t be too long before you’re investing in a good pair of hiking boots and planning a weekend adventure. To find out more about these self-guided walks, head to the website.