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Old Mount Ned Overlook Track Rediscovered!
Super cool 1 and a quarter hour hike up from the Anglers Rest Campground to one of the best viewpoints in Victoria. Directions below and on the FriendsoftheMitta.org website:
From Anglers Rest Camp, walk towards the Blue Duck Inn Hotel, but don't cross the wooden bridge over the Cobungra river. There's a track that heads upstream along the river-left bank just off the bridge abutment (your right-hand side as you're walking).
Head up that horse track. It meanders uphill, then hits an old cart/car track and angles right. Follow it rightwards, watching for pink tape in the trees uphill, to your left. The horse track angles up and left off the old dirt road, take it. Just as the green poly water tanks (private property) become visible ahead, you'll see some pink tape directly to your left/ uphill more steeply. Follow those, heading due south by the compass, staying just left of a pile of broken rocks.
It's hard to follow for a while, due to the more open country. GPS coordinates can be obtained from the Friends of the Mitta. Just keep going up the steep hill, staying more or less left. There will always be pink tape, and always some cut brush to help find your way. If you're crawling through brush, you're off track. Very soon the track angles back right along the ridge, from which point the track is obvious for the rest of the hike up the ridge to the summit of Mount Ned.
It takes from between an hour to about an hour and a half to the summit. If you don't want to go all the way, there are a couple of rock outcrops along the way on your right that also provide great views over the Bundara river valley. Watch for snakes. After the first steep ascent, it meanders between gentle angles and steep ones. Once at the top there is a rope with knots that accesses a short climb into a crack in the granite, then through the crack and across a narrow cleft to a wonderful view from the summit rocks. (Another way is to go around that boulder, angle right, and crawl through a small hole in the rocks.) You'll figure it out. Fantastic views of Mt. Wills, Benambra, the Bundara River Valley, and the ridgeline that the Falls Creek road follows to the Bogong High Plains. Views are nice enough even without the final scramble.
Something cool to do with students, family or friends when in Anglers Rest. Cheers!
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.
4.5 hour drive from Melbourne through Bairnsdale up the Great Alpine Road through Omeo to Anglers Rest and the Mitta Mitta river. Awesome drive!
- Take first aid kit, water, sunscreen, snacks and a great attitude!
Contributed by Jeffe Aronson
Max elevation: 915 m
Min elevation: 915 m
Total climbing: 0 m
Total descent: 0 m