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Walks and Trails

Bush walking is a must when you come to the Alpine Region.  Our Park is surrounded by mountains and National Parks so there is sure to be a trail for you! The walking tracks are picturesque and showcase the beautiful township, rivers, forests and wildlife of the area. There are many short walks which will show you the natural beauty of the Alpine Valleys.

Some of the Short Walks in and around Porepunkah and Bright are listed below:

Porepunkah River Walk

{2.5 km / 45 mins return}

No bushwalking experience required. Formed track with some obstacles and occasional steps. Sign posted. Start at Riverside Park and head east along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Cross at the old Porepunkah Bridge and continue along the track to the suspension bridge crossing the Ovens River. Cross the bridge and return via the track on the north side of the Ovens River before reaching the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail.Along the way enjoy the views of the Ovens river while looking out for evidence left behind from the gold mining era. You can return to Riverside Park via the Rail Trail.

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Murray to Mountains Rail Trail

No bushwalking experience required. Well-formed, flat track with no steps. Clearly sign posted. This popular bike and walking track is ideal for all visitors. The fully sealed track spans 80 kilometres between Bright and Wangaratta with many tributaries along the way into Milawa, Beechworth, Wandiligong and surrounding townships. The Trail is perfect for all, being mainly fl at and allowing visitors to choose their distance. Facilities are located at varying points along the track.

Canyon Walk

{Easy 4 km, 1.5 hours return}

No bushwalking experience required. Formed track with some obstacles, short steep hills and occasional steps. Clearly sign posted. Starting from Howitt Park head towards the Star Road bridge. The track on the northern bank of the Ovens River has steep steps and may be difficult for people with limited mobility. The track on the southern bank from Howitt Park to Canyon Lane is sealed and wheelchair friendly (Grade 1). For an easy loop, continue past the two suspension bridges to the railway bridge and return along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Otherwise, cross either of the suspension bridges to create a short or long loop. The short loop is easy and accessible for prams. Interpretive signs highlight the local history of this area. This walk takes you past a small canyon carved by the Ovens River and water races dug by early miners. Watch for birdlife and wildflowers especially in spring.

Cherry Walk

{ 6 km / 1.5 hours return}

No bushwalking experience required. Formed track with gentle hills and occasional steps. Clearly sign posted. Starting from Howitt Park this walk is named after the Cherry family of which descendants still live in the area. Head east towards the Rotary Waterslide in Centenary Park then follow the southern bank of the Ovens River to the suspension bridge at the end of Hawthorn Lane, and cross the bridge to the northern bank. Continue to the second suspension bridge, cross and return along the southern bank. Interpretive signs have been placed along the track at regular intervals.

Bakers Gully Reservoirs

{0.5 or 1 km / 30 to 45 mins return}

No bushwalking experience required. Formed track with gentle hills and occasional steps. Clearly sign posted. Park at the information shelter approximately 1.3km up Bakers Gully Road. Follow the walking track that leads from the information shelter then follow the signs to circle one or both reservoirs. The fi rst reservoir was built in 1892 and the second in 1916 to provide a permanent supply of water to the township of Bright, the railway station and trains. The reservoirs no longer provide water to Bright but they do offer a peaceful place for walking

Bennetts Walk

No bushwalking experience required. Formed track, some obstacles, short steep hills with occasional steps. Sign posted. Park at Quinn’s Gap 1.5km up Mt Porepunkah Road. Walk a short distance up the gravel vehicle track to the east until meeting the Apex Lookout walking track which is signposted. The steady climb rewards you with views of Mount Feathertop (1922m), Mount Fainter (1833m) and Mount Bogong (1986m), the highest peak in Victoria.

Huggins Lookout Walk

{1.5 km / 1 hour return}

No bushwalking experience required. Formed track, some obstacles, very steep with occasional steps. Sign posted. This walk can be accessed from either McFadyens Lane (off Bakers Gully Road) or from the corner of Deacon Avenue and Zivan Court. The track winds its way steeply up the side of the valley and rewards the walker with beautiful views over Bright and up the Ovens River towards Porepunkah. Return on the same track. Please note there is no access to McFadyens Lane via Zivan Court.

Murray to Mountains Rail Trail

No bushwalking experience required. Well-formed, flat track with no steps. Clearly sign posted. This popular bike and walking track is ideal for all visitors. The fully sealed track spans 80 kilometres between Bright and Wangaratta with many tributaries along the way into Milawa, Beechworth, Wandiligong and surrounding townships. The Trail is perfect for all, being mainly fl at and allowing visitors to choose their distance. Facilities are located at varying points along the track.

Bright to Wandiligong Trail

{10 km / 2 hours return}

No bushwalking experience required. Sealed track with gentle hills and no steps. Clearly sign posted. Start in the centre of Bright and head a short distance down Burke Street along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Turn east down Railway Avenue and then south onto Bakers Gully Road. Walk or cycle along the widened footpath and trail to Alpine Park, Wandiligong. On the way you will pass by the historic Bright Cemetery, the Mystic Flight Park (landing site for paragliders) and travel alongside picturesque Morses Creek.

Bright to Wandiligong Walk

{ 3.1 km / 2 hours return}

No bushwalking experience required. Formed track with gentle hills and occasional steps. Sign posted. Starting at Dougherty’s Bridge on Coronation Avenue, this bush track can be followed all the way to Alpine Park, Wandiligong. The track closely follows the banks of Morses Creek, crossing at a suspension bridge half way along the walk. Along the way you will be able to see evidence of gold mining activity as well as little rocky gorges, rapids and quiet secluded swimming holes.

The Diggings Walk - Wandiligong

{2 km / 1 hour return}

No bushwalking experience required. Formed, flat track with occasional steps. Clearly sign posted. There are many starting points for walks in the Diggings area. The main starting points are the Chinese Bridge car park off Centenary Avenue and at the Royal Bridge on the Royal Bridge Track. The Diggings loops take you through some of the former goldfields of Wandiligong. This area has been subjected to almost every type of mining. The first diggers in the 1860s sluiced for alluvial gold with gold pan, sluice box and cradle. Deep mine shafts were then sunk to locate deep leads of gold bearing rock. Dredging was undertaken in the area between 1905 to 1914.

Alpine National Park Walks

There is also a wide variety of walks in the Alpine National Park and the adjacent Mt Hotham Alpine Resort. The day and overnight walks described in this leaflet are just a selection from many possibilities. The walking season lasts from early November to late May as the area is usually snow covered during the winter and early spring.

Please see click here for details of the High Country walks and maps.

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