5.8km (challenging – hard)
Time on track – approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes including stops and breaks
Depart from Merrijig Motor Inn car park. The time of departure depends on time of year. We will confirm the exact time closer to the tour date. (be at departure point 15 minutes prior).
Travel approximately 20 minutes to our hike’s starting point. Part of the drive is on an unsealed road.
Run through a briefing session.
Get ready and start walking.
Starting at around 1050 meters above sea level, this walk starts with approximately 45 minutes of steep climbing through dense bush and tall trees before it eases off at the top of the first hill. The bush thins out a little, but the tall trees remain, providing a bit of shade of warm days. Continuing along the ridge, the track is undulating and even though the ascents are longer than the descents, it is a pleasant walk as you are heading towards the end of the tree line where the views start to open up.
The next section offers a variety of terrain with a mix of easy sections, some steep climbs and some rock scrambles. It is along this section that you will be stopping every few steps to take in the views in all directions. Up ahead sprawls the massif of the West Ridge, the South offers stunning views across the peaks of the Victorian High Country, to the North is the view of the Delatite River valley where Mt Buller Road winds its way up towards the ski village, and behind you, the West offers a view of Mt Timbertop. With regular short breaks along the way, you will have plenty of time to take in the beauty that surrounds you.
The last section of this magnificent walk is even more remote and peaceful and is truly challenging. It is steep with some rocky parts to scramble along and there is a narrow ridge to cross. It’s exciting and it’s fun. The summit is in sight and you know that you are not far from reaching the highest point on this hike and your final destination at 1805 meters above sea level, Mt Buller’s summit.
The feeling when you reach the fire tower on the summit is wonderful. You can look back along the ridge you just walked and be amazed at your achievement. It’s time to unpack your sandwich or whatever snack you brought along, relax and watch the colours change as the sun goes down. From the summit it is just a short walk down hill to the car park where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Merrijig.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 1805m ASL
Total ascent: approx. 865m
Total descent: approx. 195m