High Country Hikes

Regular contributor Craig Sheather recently released his first guide book: “Best Walks of Victoria’s High Country”.

Out of all the wonderful places I’ve explored overseas and within Australia I can honestly say that the High Country is one of my all-time favourites. It’s my ‘happy place’, my paradise and the best backyard anyone could dream of! And here’s why!

The region features stunning national parks, Victoria’s highest mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and picturesque valleys. There are historic villages, vineyards and the vibrant snow resorts of Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Hotham. It has a rich history of Aboriginal culture, gold discovery, cattlemen and bushrangers. And best of all it has some seriously amazing restaurants, wineries, breweries and welcoming country pubs. Combine all this with a variety of tracks and what you have is the ultimate walking destination.

About the book

The book features: 40 different bush, mountain, river, waterfall, rail trail and village walks, varying in length from 30 minutes to three days; accurate, full colour maps and step-by-step directions; detailed walk statistics including distance, total ascent/descent, grade and estimated time; side trip options and alternate routes, plentiful information on High Country history and its natural environment; walking ideas for families with children, safety tips; and over 150 full colour photographs.

This book is suitable for every type of walker no matter what your experience level is. Beginners can start with the easy options and work their way through the grades to the more challenging mountain trails. Experienced hikers may focus on the more moderate/difficult routes but will also enjoy exploring the easier village and food and wine trails to better appreciate and understand the region.

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