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Hit the Hills this Autumn

It’s always the right time of year to visit stunning Falls Creek in the Victorian High Country. Whether you’re a skier or snowboarder, enjoy hiking or cycling, Falls Creek is an outdoor lover’s playground while the weather is still warm.

For the traveller who is new on the hiking scene, make sure to hit these trails to see the best of Falls Creek from the vantage point of some of Australia’s highest hiking paths.

Roper’s Lookout – 5km return

Roper’s Lookout is the perfect trail for beginners, or those looking for an easy hike with ample panoramic reward. To begin, make your way towards Rocky Valley Dam and stop just after the bridge in the car park, before following a grassy trail to the left.

You will start with a low gradient, running parallel with the aqueduct for 1.5km before climbing a small gully among the snow gums up to the lookout situated on a small basalt knoll. Take a picnic and bask in the beautiful panoramic view of the village in the valley below.

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Wallace’s Hut – 1.5km return

A great one for the kids, drive around Rocky Valley Lake for 8km before reaching a car park with signposts to Wallace’s Hut. This well-graded track will lead you deep into the forest of silvered snow gums before reaching a rich, green clearing where the hut is situated.

Mt Cope – 3.5km return

Driving around the lake, turn off and continue for another 10 minutes before signage for the Mt Cope walking trail emerges. The track starts on the right hand side of the road and takes you across grassy snow plains, up through snow gums and small boulders to the rocky summit. Enjoy mountain views, grassy snow plains and wildflowers on your journey.

Tawonga Huts – 8km return

Once you’ve mastered the shorter trails and are ready for that next step, hit up the 8km Tawonga Huts hike. After driving toward Pretty Valley Lake via Mt McKay Rd, make your way along the Mt Fainter Fire Track, a steady climb with exceptional views before dropping down into a nestled gully at Tawonga Huts. About 1km from the hut, a short diversion takes you to a saddle with magnificent views of Mt Feathertop and Mt Hotham.

Healthy Spur Circuit – 10 km return

Driving along the Rocky Valley Lake, there is signage and car parking for Heathy Spur – Mount Nelse. Follow along the Australian Alps Walking Track, and you will soon hit a pole line for the rest of the way.

An easier climb starting at the foot of the Nelse, you have the choice of diverting off to see two huts along your journey. With views of Mount Kosciusko and the Main Range ahead, this is a sight you simply can’t miss.

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