Walk Category: Day or Backpack
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Mt Hotham village or Harrietville
Walk Area: North East Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 380 km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but coverage varies by provider
Walk Details Collated: October 2006
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.
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Drive 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.
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Parks Victoria: Alpine National Park
Parks Victoria: Park Note - Walks around Feathertop
There are seasonal road closures in the Alpine National Park. Please check Parks Victoria website for latest information.