Brief – Day 1
The day prior to the start of the tour – briefing session at 6:00pm at Merrijig Motor Inn.
Day 1 – 13.9km (moderate – challenging)
Time on track – approximately 9 hours including stops and breaks
Depart Merrijig at 7:00am from our meeting point at Merrijig Motor Inn car park (be at departure point 15 minutes prior).
Travel approximately 15 minutes to the start of the track.
Get ready to start walking at 8:00am.
This morning will see you hiking along a track that follows the Delatite River into the mountains. There are numerous river crossings, but don’t worry, the single log bridges will keep your feet dry. This is a very enjoyable section where the track is surrounded by lush ferns and tall trees. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as deer and wallabies that come to drink from the river. If you are lucky, you might even spot a trout. After a short break at the last river crossing you will start a climb towards Circuit Road through beautiful forest of tall trees that provide welcome shade on warm days. The ascent is not steep or difficult, but it is continuous.
By the time we reach Circuit Road, you will work out quite an appetite, so we will stop for lunch in a lovely clearing away from the road.
The afternoon might be the tougher part of the day, but hiking amongst snow gums on a cross country ski trail in this remote part of Mt Stirling is nothing short of spectacular. Some steeper sections will get your heart pumping as you rise towards Mt Stirling’s summit. After we set up camp by the Bluff Spur Memorial Hut and enjoy our dinner, we will head up to the summit for some well deserved 360 degree views and a sunset to end the day with.
The first day is quiet challenging as you will gain approximately 900m in elevation, but at the same time it’s extremely rewarding. Be ready for a long day.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 1764m ASL
Total ascent: approx. 910m
Total descent: approx. 15m