So we traveled to Falls Creek for the opening of the Victorian snow season.
We did not ski but hiked in snow and on ice.
We got vaguely “off track”
We discovered the delights of the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) and are keen to return.
In reality, the main purpose of the 10 hr return trip was for our son, Tom , to try out as a “dishy” at Astra Lodge. Getting a job above the snow line , with accommodation provided, is his goal for part of this year. For anyone who is interested, he did really well but they have another person to try out next weekend (yep, there is that much demand for jobs, you have to do a work trial to wash dishes)
We had fantastic weather, blue skies and little wind so made the most of it!
On Saturday the summit chair lift was free so we headed up and explored the “green” run (Wombats Ramble) where we usually very slowly (snow plow….) ski.
It was interesting checking out the trees covered with man made “snow”. We walked down to Rocky Valley Storage which was at the end of the run. A very pleasant afternoon.
On Sunday we explored further afield and headed off at around 11:30am with no particular destination in mind, other than a good walk. We’d packed some lunch and gear just in case the weather turned.
From Falls Creek we walked around Rocky Valley Dam to the Big River Fire Track and headed uphill on a snow covered track to the junction with the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT)
The AAWT passes across the Bogong High Plains on its mountainous 650 km (10 week) journey through the Australian Alps from Walhalla (Gippsland, Victoria) to Tharwa (near Canberra, ACT). You can read full details about this iconic (but liitle known outside Australian bushwalking circles) journey at the official site.
We did come across some cross country skiers who were searching for enough snow but think they were disappointed as it was quite patchy.
In addition, we ran into a young couple who had hiked out to one of the remote huts for an overnighter. It looked like fun!
Following a short section on the AAWT we turned left back towards Falls Creek via the Heathy Spur Track. It is 4.5 km from here to the Rocky Valley Dam. This is the section where the track was a “bit unclear” and after a while we just “bush (snow) bashed” across country until rejoining the road.
You will see from the map below, the red lines are our route. The green lines are the AAWT.
We returned to the Lodge just on dark at 5pm having completed an estimated 16km for the day. Not bad for an afternoon’s work!
Have you walked in this area or to nearby My Bogong?
Would you consider doing the whole AAWT? Do you know anyone who has?
What is the best part about walking in the Australian Alps?