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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bungalow Spur Walking Track to Picture Point, Harrietville

The Bungalow Spur walking track is a well known and used walking track within the Alpine National Park. It starts in Harrietville, 370 km NE of Melbourne, and is the most popular route to the spectacular and popular destinations of Mount Feathertop and Federation Hut. The track is well graded and sheltered most of the way.

The information board at the beginning of the track indicates the following destinations and distance from Harrietville: Federation Hut (10.2km), Mount Feathertop (11.8km), and MUMC Hut (14.1km).

The track is reputed to provide one of the easiest routes to Mount Feathertop, and provides good views of Harrietville and the Upper Ovens Valley. The track goes through alpine ash forest, and snow gums at higher altitudes. The last kilometre of the ascent of Mount Feathertop is more exposed, and provides excellent 360 degree views of the Bogong area.

There is little sign remaining from the Bungalow Hut, and there are some ruins of the Old Feathertop Hut.

The Bungalow Spur Track follows an old bridle track constructed early in the 1900s. It has been used since the 1920s for ski touring and bushwalking. Federation Hut was built by the Federation of Bushwalking Clubs in 1969 as an emergency refuge. The sites of two other huts are located along the track. Bungalow Hut was built in 1924 for skiers, it had 30 beds and was located alongside a ski run. The only access to the hut was by horse on the Bungalow Spur Track. It was managed by the Victorian Railways, but was destroyed by fire in 1939. The 'Old Feathertop Hut' was built in 1912. It survived the 1939 fires, but fell into disuse and deteriorated after that time.

On October 20, 2008, we hiked about 4 km (return) up the Track from Harrietville, to our turnaround at the scenic Picture Point. This was represented by a change in altitude of about 130 m. There were nice views down to Harrietville, and to the distant Alps.

See the full set of Photos of our trip

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:31 PM

    Hey Bob,
    Would you say this was an 'easy' walk? what difficulty would you have rated it 1 being very easy 10 being bloody hard yakka