The-Cobungra-Ditch
  • Length: 22.6km

  • Duration: 8hrs

  • Grade: 3-4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Davenport Access Track

  • End: Davenport Access Track

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Mount Hotham

  • Distance from CBD: 378km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.994789

  • Longitude: 147.149811

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Cobungra Ditch is a 22.6km, grade 3-4 circuit hike, located in Alpine National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 8hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

One of the few interpreted historic walking tracks in the area, the Cobungra Ditch follows the course of an abandoned water race which supplied water for the hydraulic sluicing operations at the Brandy Creek mines. The ditch was cut by the Cobungra Gold Mining Company in 1884 at the cost of £11,000, and employed upwards of 120 men in its construction. Today interpretation signs along the course of the Ditch describe the history of the water race and its construction. The feature is retained for much of it length by ancient looking dry-stone walls and passes through snow gum and mountain ash forests.

Option

If walking back to Mount Hotham (the 18km option), it is a 5.5km walk along the Hotham - Dinner Plain Trail which parallels the Great Alpine Road.  This is an undulating but generally uphill climb back to Mount Hotham.

Getting to Mount Hotham

Option 1

Follow the Hume Freeway north past Benalla, turning off onto the B500 exit to 'Beechworth/Bright'. Follow signs to Bright and continue through Bright To Harrietville and eventually Mount Hotham on the Great Alpine Road.

Option 2

Follow the M1/CityLink/Monash Freeway east towards Gippsland and continue on this road to Bairnsdale. In Bairnsdale follow signs to Omeo or Great Alpine Road which will take you north to Mount Hotham.

Getting to start of walk from Mount Hotham village
Walk or drive to the Davenport Access Track. This is at the Dinner Plain end of Mount Hotham opposite the Tanderra Ski Club Lodge and is well signposted. There is space for a number of vehicles to park here.

About the region

The Alpine National Park is a national park located in the Central Highlands and Alpine regions of Victoria, Australia. The 646,000-hectare national park is located northeast of Melbourne. It is the largest National Park in Victoria, and covers much of the higher areas of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria, including Victoria's highest point, Mount Bogong at 1,986 metres and the associated subalpine woodland and grassland of the Bogong High Plains. The park's north-eastern boundary is along the border with New South Wales, where it abuts the Kosciuszko National Park.

GPX File

Total distance: 22652 m
Max elevation: 1716 m
Min elevation: 1516 m
Total climbing: 894 m
Total descent: -902 m
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5 thoughts on “Cobungra Ditch (22.6km)

  1. This is a great walk and isn’t to strenuous. It is a bit of a hill coming back up to the Great Alpine Rd at Mt Hotham village. An extension to this can be a quick walk up to a couple of the mountain huts that are close by.

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