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  • Length: 13.9km

  • Duration: 6hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: West Kiewa Road

  • End: West Kiewa Road

  • Closest Town: Hotham Heights

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 375km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.9049246600

  • Longitude: 147.1708077200

Mount Feathertop – Diamantina Spur is a 13.9km, grade 4 Return hike located in Alpine National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 6hrs to complete.

Summary

The Mount Feathertop – Diamantina Spur track climbs from the Kiewa River West Branch for 4 kilometres before joining the South Razorback track about 3 kilometres from Mount Feathertop’s summit. It offers great views of Mount Feathertop but climbs steeply (very in places) and involves some scrambling over loose shale.

Mount Feathertop is the second-highest mountain in the Australian state of Victoria and is a member of the Australian Alps located entirely within the Alpine National Park. It rises to 1,922 metres (6,306 ft) and is usually covered in snow from June to September. Unlike many other Victorian mountains, Mount Feathertop has steep summit slopes instead of a rounded summit dome.

Getting there

The Diamantina Spur Track commences along the West Kiewa Logging Road, 14km from Hotham Heights. Access is via the 4WD only Machinery Spur Track which commences at Loch Car Park, 1km north of Hotham Heights on the Great Alpine Road.

Tips

There is no water on Diamantina Spur, and the only good camp site is right at the top. A small party could camp at the bottom, beside the bridge over the Diamantina River.

The most useful and accurate map is Mt Feathertop – Hotham 1:30,000. 2nd edition. Rooftop, 2009.

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Total distance: 13963 m
Max elevation: 1897 m
Min elevation: 1089 m
Total climbing: 1055 m
Total descent: -1056 m
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