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Water requirements for hiking in the Victorian High Country

Please note that all water quantities noted below are a guide only.

The amount of water you will require will depend on what you are planning to eat and how much you drink during the day and night. Everyone is different and consumes different amounts of water. However, you must remember that it’s very important to keep well hydrated on the track and you will most likely find that you are consuming larger amounts of water than you do normally. Weather also makes a big difference. On warm days you will consume larger amounts of water than on cold days, and on hot days, you should allow an extra 1 litre per day.

Here are some guidelines to help you calculate how much water you might need.

  • 2 litres of water for drinking during the day (per person/per day)

  • 500ml of water for drinking during the night (per person/per night)

  • 200 – 250ml of water for 1 cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee or hot chocolate (per person)

  • Approximately 250 – 500ml of water for cooked meals (per person/per cooked meal). This will largely depend on the meals you will be cooking. Please refer to cooking instructions on the packs of dehydrated and other meals for the water quantities. As an example, if you are planning to have cooked oats or a cereal for breakfast, you will need approximately 1 cup (200 – 250ml) of water.

  • 500ml of extra water for unforeseen circumstances (per person)

Ideally, you want to bring as much water as possible from home. This is achievable on 1 day and 2 day hiking tours, but any longer than that, and you will need to collect water along the way.

All water collected on the track, whether from river, creek, puddle, lake, water tank, tap or other sources, must be purified. The best way to do this, is to bring your water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute. However, this is easier to do at the end of the day than it is whilst on the track. If you need to purify water while on the track, consider using either purification tablets, straw filter, filtering pump or a UV filter such as SteriPEN.

Hydration bladders are an invaluable piece of equipment when hiking. They provide easy access to your drinking water, which means you will drink more regularly and keep better hydrated while on the track. You will also find that you are taking smaller, more regular sips rather than the occasional big gulps out of a water bottle. You can access the bladder hose yourself, so no need to ask anyone to pass you the water bottle from a pocket on the side of your pack and it keeps your hands free.

Our backpacks have 2 externally accessible pockets each with a bladder hose access point. Each pocket comfortably fits 2.5 litre hydration bladder.

However, on all multi day hikes, you will need to carry more water than 2.5 litre hydration bladder. But, don’t worry, we have some tips for you. Remember that everything you carry in, you must carry out. This includes bulky empty water bottles. Yes, you can refill and reuse them along the way, but even if they are half empty, they still take the same amount of space in your backpack as if they were full. This is where collapsible plastic bottles come very handy. There are many on the market of various sizes and prices. What I also find very handy, are empty wine cask bladders. They fold to nothing when empty.

Refer to the Water Requirements for the individual hiking tours for further information. 

Bluff Spur Hut has a rain water tank, but it cannot be relied upon. All tank water must be treated before drinking. You must bring sufficient water for the two days.

Day 1

2 litres of water for drinking during the day                                                          500ml of water for drinking during the night                                                        250 – 500ml of water for each cooked meal such as lunch and/or dinner    200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at lunch time and/or at the end of the day                                  500ml of extra water for unforeseen circumstances

Day 2

2 litres of water for drinking during the day                                                            200 – 250ml of water for cooked breakfast or cereal                                          200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at breakfast time and/or at lunch time                                      250 – 500ml of water for each cooked meal such as lunch

There is no water available on this track. Therefore you will need to carry enough water for the entire hike.

Approximately 2 litres of water for drinking should be sufficient

There is no water available on this track. Therefore you will need to carry sufficient amount of water for the two days.

Day 1

2 litres of water for drinking during the day                                                            500ml of water for drinking during the night                                                        250 – 500ml of water for each cooked meal such as lunch and/or dinner      200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at lunch time and/or at the end of the day                            500ml of extra water for unforeseen circumstances

Day 2

2 litres of water for drinking during the day                                                          200 – 250ml of water for cooked breakfast or cereal                                        200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at breakfast time

There is no water available on this track. Therefore you will need to carry enough water for the entire hike.

Approximately 2 litres of water for drinking should be sufficient

There is water available from Delatite River on the morning of the first day.    Bluff Spur Hut on top of Mt Stirling has a rain water tank, but it cannot be relied upon.                                                                                                          There is drinking water available at Mt Buller.

All water collected from rain water tanks and rivers/streams must be treated or boiled before drinking.

Day 1

2 litres of water for drinking during the day                                                  500ml of water for drinking during the night                                                    250 – 500ml of water for each cooked meal such as lunch and/or dinner 200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at lunch time and/or at the end of the day                        500ml of extra water for unforeseen circumstances

Day 2

2 litres of water for drinking during the day                                                      200 – 250ml of water for cooked breakfast or cereal                                      200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at breakfast time and/or at lunch time                                    250 – 500ml of water for cooked lunch                                                        500ml of water for drinking during the night (available at your accommodation on Mt Buller)

Day 3

2 litres of water for drinking during the day (available at your accommodation on Mt Buller)

There are few spots along this track where water is available all year round. A natural spring a short walk from the first overnight campsite, Camp creek on Speculation Road just below Mt Speculation, a creek at Lake Cobbler, Dandongadale River on the way to Mt Cobbler and King River half way between Mt Cobbler and Craig’s Hut.

All water collected from rain water tanks and rivers/streams must be treated or boiled before drinking.

Day 1

2 litres of water for drinking during the day                                                  500ml of water for drinking during the night (can be collected from a spring near the campsite at the end of day 1)                                                              250 – 500ml of water for each cooked meal such as lunch and/or dinner (water for dinner can be collected from a spring near the campsite at the end of day 1)                                                                                                            200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at lunch time and/or at the end of the day (water for after dinner drinks can be collected from a spring near the campsite at the end of day 1)                                                                                                                            1 litre of extra water for unforeseen circumstances

Day 2

2 litres of water for drinking during the day (can be collected in the morning on day 2 from a spring near the campsite)                                                    500ml of water for drinking during the night (can be collected in the morning on day 2 from a spring near the campsite)                                                        200 – 250ml of water for cooked breakfast or cereal (can be collected at the end of day 1 or in the morning on day 2 from a spring near the campsite) 200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at breakfast time (can be collected at the end of day 1 or in the morning on day 2 from a spring near the campsite)                                  250 – 500ml of water for each cooked meal such as lunch and/or dinner (can be collected in the morning on day 2 from a spring near the campsite) 200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at lunch time and/or at the end of the day (can be collected in the morning on day 2 from a spring near the campsite)                        500ml of extra water for unforeseen circumstances (can be collected in the morning on day 2 from a spring near the campsite)

Day 3

2 litres of water for drinking during the day (can be collected in the morning on day 3 from Camp Creek)                                                                              500ml of water for drinking during the night (can be collected in the afternoon on day 3 from Dandongadale River)                                                200 – 250ml of water for cooked breakfast or cereal (can be collected in the morning on day 2 from a spring near the campsite)                                        200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at breakfast time on day 3 (can be collected in the morning on day 2 from a spring near the campsite)                                                        250 – 500ml of water for cooked lunch (can be collected at lunch time on day 3 from a creek at Lake Cobbler)                                                                        200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at lunch time (can be collected at lunch time on day 3 from a creek at Lake Cobbler)                                                                                          250 – 500ml of water for cooked dinner (can be collected in the afternoon on day 3 from Dandongadale River)                                                                    200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at the end of the day (can be collected in the afternoon on day 3 from Dandongadale River)                                                                      500ml of extra water for unforeseen circumstances (can be collected in the morning on day 3 from Camp Creek)

Day 4

2 litres of water for drinking during the day (can be collected in the afternoon on day 3 from Dandongadale River)                                            500ml of water for drinking during the night (can be collected in the afternoon on day 4 from King River)                                                                  200 – 250ml of water for cooked breakfast or cereal (can be collected in the afternoon on day 3 from Dandongadale River)                                                200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at breakfast time on day 3 (can be collected in the afternoon on day 3 from Dandongadale River)                                                                    250 – 500ml of water for each cooked meal such as lunch and/or dinner (can be collected at lunch time on day 4 from King River)                              200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at lunch time and/or at the end of the day (can be collected at lunch time on day 4 from King River)                                                        500ml of extra water for unforeseen circumstances (can be collected in the afternoon from Dandongadale River)

Day 5

1 litre of water for drinking during the day (can be collected on day 4 from King River)                                                                                                                  200 – 250ml of water for cooked breakfast or cereal (can be collected in the afternoon on day 4 from King River)                                                                      200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at breakfast time on day 3 (can be collected in the afternoon on day 4 from King River)

There is water available from Howqua River and some creeks along this track. However, this water must be treated or boiled before consumption.

Make sure you bring sufficient water for drinking for the first day’s walk.

Day 1

2 litres of water for drinking during the day                                                  500ml of water for drinking during the night (you can collect this water from the Howqua River at Ritchie’s Hut)                                                                      250 – 500ml of water for each cooked meal such as lunch and/or dinner (you can collect this water from the Howqua River at Ritchie’s Hut)            200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at lunch time and/or the end of the day (you can collect this water from the Howqua River at Ritchie’s Hut)

Day 2

2 litres of water for drinking during the day (you can collect this water from the Howqua River at Ritchie’s Hut)                                                                      200 – 250ml of water for cooked breakfast or cereal (you can collect this water from the Howqua River at Ritchie’s Hut)                                                  200 – 250ml of water for each cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. at breakfast time (you can collect this water from the Howqua River at Ritchie’s Hut)

There is no water available on this track. Therefore you will need to carry enough water for the entire hike.

Approximately 2 litres of water for drinking should be sufficient

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