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This is a very pleasant hike of 18km with only 200m of ascent and a well defined track. It varies along the way, from the pleasant aqueduct walk to a section of high open plains. All the time you have views down over the valleys of the Alpine Nat Park. You are more likely than not to see wild brumbies.
From the carpark cross the bridge and turn left along Langfords East Aqueduct. After 2.5km there is a covered bridge, cross it and follow the track up a gentle slope thru scrub and low trees. After it opens up to very low bushes the track briefly merges with the Big River firetrail. At this point the track splits. You follow the one to the right, Marm Point Track. The track again splits after about 800m. This time take the less well defined one on the left, following the line of poles towards Fitzgeralds Hut. Eventually you reach the 2 high country huts. Fitzgeralds hut is along the line of the path, Kellys hut is 300m down the slope and is a good camp site.
After the huts follow the track as it winds its way down a gentle slope. When it reaches a split take the right hand track - the left is Kellys Track, leading down to Fitzgeralds Rd. The path again picks up the aqueduct. Immediately after you reach a stream that crosses the path there is a choice of tracks, take the lower one. Eventually you pass the covered bridge, with the carpark still about 30mins walk.
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.
From Falls Creek follow the road for 5km, over the dam and round the lake. There is a carpark at Watchbed Creek, but continue past it a short distance till you see an unsealed track leading down off the left. There is a very rough 20m of road to the carpark, or you can park at the top.
- Due to the altitude and open nature of the track, you should be wary of walking it in winter. If heavy snow falls the track would be impassable.
- In summer you should carry insect repellent and face netting is desirable - the flies are numerous!
Max elevation: 1751 m
Min elevation: 1601 m
Total climbing: 1061 m
Total descent: -1063 m