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The Mount Buller via Kingsporn Bridle Track is a good introductory hike to Victoria's Alpine Area and represents one of the less intense approaches to the summit of Mount Buller.
The hike commences from a carpark on Loch Street near the Toll Gate to the Mount Buller Alpine Resort, opposite the Mirimbah Picnic Ground. Locate the Kingsporn Bridle Track to the east and commence the gradual ascent along the norther side of the steep Mirimbah spur.
After approximately 4km you will arrive at 'Thank Christ Corner' on McLaughlan Shoulder Spur. You should be able to locate a track running south on the eastern side of the spur as well as one ascending the spur itself. Remain on the low track and follow it across several gullies onto Burnt Hut Spur. Ascend this spur towards tie microwave tower then pass to the east of the Buller reservoir.
From this point, locate the start of the Summit Nature Walk and follow it west towards the prominent summit of Mount Buller. Ascend the trail to the summit.
After taking some time to appreciate the rewarding views, retrace your steps approximately 100m and locate a trail on your left which follows the ridge line of McLaughlan Shoulder. Descend along the steep ridge for approximately 2km to a trail junction. Here you will find that the spur splits to the north east and north west along the high point of Mirimbah Spur. Ignore the trail to your left and head right (north east) for 900m down the spur to Thank Christ Corner.
Turn west when you reach the Kingsporn Bridle Track and retrace your earlier steps back to your vehicle.
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 Melbourne, take the Hume Fwy/National Highway M31, C382, Goulburn Valley Hwy/B340, B300 and Mount Buller Rd/C320 to Summit Rd in Mount Buller. Continue along Summit Road Drive to the Mirimbah Picnic Ground. The hike commences from a carpark on Loch Street near the Toll Gate to the Mount Buller Alpine Resort, opposite the Mirimbah Picnic Ground.
- Only for the very fit, this involves close to 1300m of accumulated vertical ascent.
- This is a challenging hike that should not be underestimated. Do not attempt this hike during Summer or Winter unless you are experienced in Alpine conditions and have the necessary equipment for snow hiking (crampons/ice axe/snow shoes)
- This hike requires that you have a sufficient level of equipment (in good working order), fitness and self-reliance. It is vital that you take personal responsibility for ensuring you are prepared!
Max elevation: 1772 m
Min elevation: 674 m
Total climbing: 1265 m
Total descent: -1266 m