Brief – 1 Day
The day prior to the start of the tour – briefing session at 6:00pm at Merrijig Motor Inn.
Day 1 – 5.5km (easy – moderate)
Time on track – approximately 3 hours including stops and breaks
Depart Merrijig at 9:30am from our meeting point at Merrijig Motor Inn car park (be at departure point 15 minutes prior).
Travel approximately 1 hour to Eight Mile Flat passing through the famous Sheepyard Flat in the Howqua Hills Historic Area. Most of the drive is on an unsealed road with a very short section on a 4WD track crossing a small creek.
Get ready and start hiking at 11:00am.
Today’s walk is along a narrow walking track that runs along the Howqua River all the way to Ritchie’s Hut. This track is gently undulating and runs through beautiful bushland higher up the South bank of Howqua River. After about 3.5km the track will gently lead you down into a forest and right on to the riverbank. In no time at all, you will cross a creek and find yourself standing in front of one of the more beautiful huts of the Victorian High Country. We will either stop for lunch along the way or have it once we arrive at the hut. After setting up camp, the rest of the afternoon will be yours to explore the hut, take a dip in the Howqua River, read a book or just simply relax.
This is an easy, beautiful walk that any hiker will enjoy.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 660m ASL
Total ascent: approx. 170m
Total descent: approx. 100m