Heathy Spur to Mt Nelse - Bushwalking Victoria

Heathy Spur to Mt Nelse Alpine National Park

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  • Walk Length: 15 km
  • Walk duration: 5 hours
  • Walk Grade: Medium
  • Walk Style: Return
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Heathy Spur to Mt Nelse

Walk Summary

Walk Category: Day

Getting There: Car

Nearest Town: Falls Creek, Mount Beauty

Walk Area: North East Victoria

Distance from Melbourne GPO:  370 km

Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes

Walk Details Collated: February 2010

Walk Details Provided By:  Waverley Bushwalking Club

Walk Description

This walk features alpine vegetation and flowers and great views across Rocky Valley Dam and the Bogong High Plains.

Follow the well marked marked Heathy Spur walking track up a gentle ascent through varied vegetation with lovely flowers until it joins the main Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT)/Big River Fire Trail.

Turn left and follow the AAWT until you reach the Alpine Walking Track pole 817 or the sign to Mt Nelse. Leave the track and turning to the right, walk directly to the cairn on Mt Nelse. There is no track but aim for the highest point and the cairn will become visible.  

Return by the same route.


On reaching the AAWT/Big River Fire Trail, there are several options available for this walk including:

  • Continuing to Mt Nelse as described above, with side trips to either Edmondsons Hut or Johnsons Hut, or both.
  • Instead of walking out to Mt Nelse and return, visit the above huts and return.
  • With a car left at Watchbed Creek/Big River Fire Trail, a further 2kms further along the High Plains Road, the return walk can be considerably shortened.

Walk Map

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Getting There

To reach Falls Creek from Melbourne, take the Hume Highway (M3) north of Melbourne to north of Glenrowan.  Take the Snow Road exit (C522) and continue through Myrtleford, Bright, Mount Beauty and on to Falls Creek village.Falls Creek is 386kms from Melbourne.

From Falls Creek Village continue by car on the Bogong High Plains Road to the far end of Rocky Valley Storage Dam wall where there is a small car park and information board.





Further Information

The bushwalking season in alpine areas is usually from November to May but can vary according to weather conditions.

Parks VictoriaAlpine National Park

Parks Victoria:  Alpine NP – High Country Bogong High Plains Park Note

Alpine Shire visitor information

In summer, there is accommodation and food available at Falls Creek but no petrol.  Refer Falls Creek website for more information.

Mobile phone coverage information  


1.  VicMap 1:50,000 Bogong Alpine Area and Bogong Alpine Area Outdoor Recreation Guide, Spatial Vision Innovations, 2011

2. VicMap: Online access to 1:30,000 topographic maps

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