Distance: 22 Km | Duration: 9 Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
Best Season: Summer, Autumn, Spring
About the Walk
This is a hard, long walk beginning high up with good views and descending to the Cobungra River and Dibbins Hut, which is set in a beautiful flat by the river. The return route goes past the Red Robin Mine. Involves a 650m height gain (and descent). Alternatively complete the walk as a 2 day backpack (Medium to Hard depending on fitness). It is essential that you check the Parks Victoria website prior to visiting this area.
The Walk in Detail
It is essential that you check the Parks Victoria website for the latest information and details on park and track closures prior to visiting this area.
This walk can be done as a long hard day walk or as a Medium to Hard 2 day backpack. If backpacking the best spot for an overnight campsite is at Dibbins Hut.
The walk begins at the Mt Loch car-park and follows a 4WD road along a ridge towards Mt Loch. There are few trees in this area so the views are excellent. Just short of Mt Loch, turn right on to the Australian Alpine Walking Track, reaching Derrick Hut about 1 ½ km after the turn-off.
The flowers in this area are usually very prolific. After Derrick Hut continue to follow the ridge with good views out through the burnt snow gums. The last kilometre before Dibbins Hut drops quite steeply and those with wonky knees will find a walking pole an advantage. Dibbins Hut is set in a delightful river flat beside the Cobungra River and it is a good spot for lunch. (There is a pit toilet there). The Hut was built in 1987 to replace the original Dibbins Hut, built in 1920, which was beyond repair. Similar log construction and design was used for the 'new' hut.
The return route first crosses the Cobungra River on a small bridge, climbs a few metres and then crosses Cobungra Gap into the watershed of the East Kiewa River. Travel north-east to the Red Robin Battery and then swing southerly along a 4WD track that climbs steadily to the Red Robin Mine and then follows a fairly level ridge back to Mt Loch and then to the start at the car-park.
Getting ThereDrive to Mt Hotham via the Hume Highway, Wangaratta, Myrtleford and Harrietville. Stop at the Mt Loch car-park about 2km before the Hotham Heights village.
The descent to Dibbins Hut requires reasonable care. This is an alpine walk and a waterproof jacket and warm clothes need to be carried in case of a change in the weather.