Mount Feathertop via Bungalow Spur

9 h, 13 h to 2 days

21.1 km
return

↑ 1750 m
↓ -1750 m

Hard track
Starting near the carpark on Feathertop Track, Harrietville, this walk takes you to Mount Feathertop and back via the Bungalow Spur Track. This scenic hike has a gradual ascent to The Razorback, then one steep part to the summit of Mount Feathertop, the second highest peak in Victoria. Rising to 1922 metres, it has incredible panoramic views over the surrounding mountains of the Alpine National Park. In winter, from about 1500 metres the track is usually covered in snow, and the summit region becomes a venue for extreme skiing. Due to the high elevation, the scenery changes all the way, featuring blanched gums and a granite summit. The Bungalow Spur was originally created for horses and has a manageable gradient. A popular option for climbing Mount Feathertop is to make it a two day walk, camping at Federation Hut. Weather conditions can change quickly, with very strong winds and blizzards. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Feathertop Track & Bungalow Spur Track (-36.891904,147.0732665)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Hume Freeway, M31
  • Turn on to Great Alpine Road Offramp then drive for 620 m
  • Keep right onto Great Alpine Road Offramp and drive for another 120 m
  • Turn right onto Great Alpine Road, B500 and drive for another 41.4 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Myrtle Street, B500 and drive for another 390 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Myrtle Street, B500 and drive for another 23.9 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Great Alpine Road, B500 and drive for another 6.2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Gavan Street, B500 and drive for another 24 km
  • Turn left onto Feathertop Track and drive for another 1.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Feathertop Track & Bungalow Spur Track Start heading along Bungalow Spur Track (a walking track).
Find the car park at the start.
Find the sign at the start.
After another 220 m cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 1.9 km come to the "Picture Point" (6 m on your right).
After another 2.2 km come to the "Tobias Gap" (15 m on your right).
After another 3.3 km continue straight, to head along Bungalow Spur Track.
After another 1.1 km pass the water tap (10 m on your right).
Then pass the "Federation Hut" (5 m on your right).
Then pass the toilet (35 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Bungalow Spur Track.
After another 15 m come to the camp site (on your right).
After another 410 m continue straight, to head along Bungalow Spur Track.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Razorback Track & Bungalow Spur Track) veer left, to head along Razorback Track.
After another 350 m (at the intersection of Razorback Track & Tom Kneen Track) continue straight.
After another 990 m come to "Mount Feathertop".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 10.6 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Mount Feathertop via Bungalow Spur


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 21.1 km
Time 9 h, 13 h to 2 days
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 8.8 km from the start.

Shelter: There is one 8.8 km from the start.

Toilet: There is one 8.8 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
8.8 kmFederation Hut
Toilet
8.8 km[toilet]
Camp site
8.8 km[camp site]
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