Walk Category: Short
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Falls Creek
Walk Area: North East Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 398km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but coverage varies by provider
Walk Details Collated: January 2012
Walk Details Provided By: CAEX Bushwalking Club
The walk starts at the Wallace Hut car parking area where in 2011 Parks Victoria constructed a new visitors information area with information boards, viewing platform and seating. The trail has also been repaired and upgraded with some information boards along the route.
Walk down the path to Wallace's Hut - about 750m. This section of the trail is wheelchair accessible along a dirt track. It is gently downhill to the Hut so if you are in a wheelchair be warned that the return journey will be uphill! Wallace Hut is the oldest surviving cattlemen's hut which fortunately survived the extensive 2003 Alpine bush fires. As you look around this area you can see how close the fires came to the Hut which was built in 1889 by the three Wallace brothers - Arthur, William and Stewart. The Hut has been extensively restored to ensure its long term preservation. It is set in a lovely shaded area which is a good spot for a picnic or a rest stop. There is a pit toilet in this area.
After checking out Wallace's Hut (it's never locked but please treat it with care and respect) continue further along the track until you reach the junction with the Langford Aqueduct track and turn right. This track takes you past Rover's Hut (operated by the Scouts). This hut has a wonderful and very large wood stove which was originally brought in on wooden rollers using considerable manpower! A few hundred metres past the hut on a bend turn right off the aqueduct onto a signposted walking trail to Cope Hut. The route is gently uphill until you intersect with a track leading to Cope Hut. Turn right and follow this track until you reach Cope Hut.
Cope Hut was built by the Ski Club of Victoria in 1929 as a 'ski lodge' for cross country skiers - the first of its type in alpine areas. Cope Hut also survived the 2003 bushfires. There is another pit toilet here and it's another good spot for a rest break or lunch.
Continue on past the Hut until you reach the Cope Hut car parking area. Just before reaching the Bogong High Plains Rd you will see a track going off on your right. This parallel's the road for a while before gradually moving away from the road and through areas of alpine grass and snow gum. The snow gums burnt in the 2003 fire are regenerating from their base, while the tree trunks that were burnt are now bleached to a stark white colour making for dramatic scenery all around the Falls Creek area.
Continue to follow the track as it gradually makes it way back towards Wallace's Hut. This track eventually connects with the path you followed into Wallace's Hut. Turn left onto the Wallace Hut pathway (going right takes you to Wallace's Hut) and follow it as it gently climbs uphill and back to the cars.