I think I have officially found my favourite hike in Australia (that I have done so far) – Mount Featherop via the Razorback. This hike has been on my to do list for awhile, but being located in the Victorian High Country it is no short day trip. Thanks to yet another sporting event holiday, Chris and I packed up our car on the Melbourne Cup long weekend and hit the highway in order to explore the mountains.
Mount Feathertop is the second highest peak in Victoria. At 1,922m above sea level, it is pretty pathetic compared to mountains overseas! There are a number of trails that lead to the peak, but the most popular and most picturesque is the Razorback.
Beginning at Diamantina Hut, just outside of Hotham Heights, the track instantly offers panoramic views of the High Country. In the above photo we have barely even left the carpark and I was already getting a bit trigger happy with my camera!
The track is 11km one way, making for a long day walk or a popular overnight hike. We planned for a day walk, which was manageable with a few stops and by setting off early.
In the below photo you can see the ridge of Mount Feathertop in the distance. At least we always knew where we were going!
The Razorback follows a ridgeline the entire way, so we were often treated to views of the trail winding away in the distance.
Even though it was early November (aka well and truly Spring weather in Australia) there was still snow atop Mount Feathertop.
After a quick lunch stop near Federation Hut, it was only a kilometre or so up to the peak. It was a narrow and steep track, and I was struggling due to the higher elevation. How I am ever going to survive the elevation in real mountains is beyond me!
And then we were there! I will let the photos speak for themselves.
We had views over Ovens Valley (where Bright is located), the Kiewa Valley, and the highest mountain, Mount Bogong.
The walk back down was undulating and hard on the knees at places, and the views continued to provide us with entertainment. The weather was absolutely perfect.
It was a sigh of relief to take of our shoes and sit down in the car after 22km. We managed the hike in 6 hours, including a number of short breaks for lunch, snacks, and photos. Rather than drive too far after a long day on the trails, we opted to stay in the nearby ski village of Dinner Plain and explore the area for another day.
Looking back at these photos, I am still so amazed at the beauty of this trail and this part of the world. The High Country has undoubtedly become one of my favourite places to explore in Victoria, and I am glad I have managed to get up there a few times this year.