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  • Length: 25.7km

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Grade: 4-5

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Eight Mile Flat

  • End: Eight Mile Flat

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Mansfield

  • Distance from CBD: 245km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.1983043959

  • Longitude: 146.4285976948

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Camping Area
Campfire Pit

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Public Transport

Bitumen Road

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Drinking Water

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Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

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Trail Features

Gravel Path
Rough Trail
Undefined Trail
Rock Scrambling
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Alpine Region
Steep Terrain
Bush Bashing
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Prams & Strollers

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Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

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Overnight Campsites

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The Bluff via Link Track is a 25.7km, grade 4-5 Circuit hike located in Alpine National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2 days to complete.

Summary

The The Bluff via Link Track hike commences from a pleasant grassy clearing beside the Howqua River. The trail climbs steadily through dry open forest along Eight Mile Spur. The final stages of the ascent to the rugged natural ramparts of the Bluff are quite steep, but the rewards are soon evident. From the treeless 1,725 metre summit a spectacular alpine panorama unfolds, stretching to Mount Buller in the north and faraway Lake Eildon.

The trail continues through alpine meadows, carpeted with brilliant wildflowers in early summer, to Bluff Hut and a sheltered campsite among the nearby snow gums. Next morning, descend along a 4WD road on Sixteen Mile Spur for approximately two kilometres then locate a barely visible foot trail that descends along a steady spur to the Ritchies Hut on Howqua River.

From the hut, follow the river valley in a westerly direction to the start of the trail at Eight Mile Flat.  Along this final section of the hike you will have the option of following either the high or low track. Both are equally as enjoyable so pick the best track for the conditions. Low track requires several wide and often deep river crossings.

Day 1 (13km)

Camp at Bluff Hut. Water should be available at this location.

Day 2 (12.7km)

Return to the trail head. Water will be available at Ritchies Hut and at various points along the Howqua River.

Getting there

Travel to Mansfield from Melbourne (195km) and Take the Mt Buller Road for 20.6km, turn right onto Howqua Track and travel for 16.4 km to Sheepyard Flats. Drive through Sheepyard Flats and continue along Brocks Road for 13km to 8 Mile Flat. Turn left at the junction and continue to the carpark at the end of the track.

Best time

Summer, Autumn

All hikers should realise that weather conditions can change rapidly in alpine areas at any time of year. Snowfalls can be experienced at any time, so please be prepared with:

  • warm clothing
  • windproof and waterproof jacket
  • gloves and hat
  • strong footwear
  • energy food and water
  • compass and relevant topographical map

 

Total distance: 25730 m
Max elevation: 1718 m
Min elevation: 565 m
Total climbing: 1800 m
Total descent: -1800 m
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18 thoughts on “The Bluff via Link Track (25.7km)

  1. Loved this hike! Did the circuit (Nov 17) in 10hrs as part of Hut2Hut training. The Bluff climb is brutal but the views from the top stunning! There are a couple of large trees down across the entrance to 14 mile spur making the trail head pretty obvious, but the rest of the trail is very narrow and difficult to see at times (particularly with rain laden Myrtle closing in on you!)