If a bold plan by Parks Victoria comes to fruition, the Bogong High Plains will be the setting for an iconic fiveday trek that would be a “must do” for international hikers. The project would cost more than $20 million, and Parks Victoria is keen to hear from investors who can see the huge potential. Stuart Hughes is the Director of Planning and Policy at Parks Victoria. He explains the rationale behind the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing. “We already get many international visitors to our snowfields in winter and if we can offer the only alpine trek product in Australia, I believe it will be a winner,” Stuart said.
The proposal is for a 56km walk taking in the magnificent high country scenery, passing by the heritage huts and walking to the summits of some of Victoria’s most spectacular peaks. Accommodation huts would be strategically placed for overnights with catering and bedding provided, guides would support the walkers who would only need carry day packs. “The plan will make the traverse from Falls to Hotham far more accessible to a wider range of walkers. Similar walks overseas include New Zealand’s hugely popular Milford Sound walk, and in the USA the Appellation Trail and the Grand Canyon.