FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER - WEDNESDAY 2 NOVEMBER,
VICTORIAN ALPS - CROSSCUT SAW,
WALK IN BASECAMP
Leader: Phil 0416 650 160
This is a great walk. A 6 day trip to Victoria. 5 days in the Victorian Alps and one day on Phillip Island. The first day is a flight and drive there.
Day 1: Fri 3rd Nov- fly to Melbourne & drive to Macalisters Springs 5 km
Day 2 Sat 4th Nov Mt Speculation via Crosscut Saw 18 km
Day 3 Sun 5th Nov Mt Magdala via Mt Howitt 16 km
Day 4 Mon 6th Nov Bryce’s Gorge walk 8 km then drive to Walhalla
Day 5 Tues 7th Nov Mt Erica walk 9 km then drive to Phillip Is
Day 6 Wed 8th Nov Cape Woolamai - 8 km - drive back to Melbourne fly back to Brisbane and home.
I did this walk back in 2017 and it was a hoot. The Crosscut Saw is a highlight of bushwalking in Australia.# We are camping 3 nights at Macalister’s Springs (height about 1600 m) so you need good warm sleeping gear for the cool nights. Monday night at Walhalla (or Rawson) and Tuesday night on Phillip Island.. Probably stay in motels for those nights. Come along and enjoy one of the best bushwalks in Australia. Yep, it is that good. But I should mention it is basically 2 days of hard walks especially the trip to Mt Speculation.
#The Crosscut Saw is one of the best Daywalks to do in Australia
Robert Rankin in his book Classic Wild Walks of Australia (1989) at page 156 commented as follows “ The area around Mount Howitt and the Crosscut Saw provides the most dramatic landscapes of the Victorian Alps”.
Sven Klinge in his book Classic Walks of Australia (2000) commented as follows at page 195 about the Viking Circuit “given the sheer number of highlights, from dramatic peaks such as Mt Howitt, Mt Speculation, the Razor and The Viking the circuit remains one of the most do walks for the serious bushwalker. (we aren’t doing the full circuit just the best bits.
John Chapman in his book Bushwalking in Australia (2003) commented at page 206 “To many walkers the Viking is the heart of the Victorian Alps. The rocky peaks, sweeping views across deep mountain valleys, challenging walking and varied track conditions make this Victoria’s finest circuit walk. “ (I did the full circuit in 2004 and the highlight of the trip is the Crosscut Saw. )
Glenn van der Knijff in his book Bushwalks of the Victorian Alps commented at page144 as follows :- Arguably, the most popular walking destination in the Howitt region of the Victorian Alps include Mt Howitt and the Crosscut saw. Considering the natural beauty of the area and the good walking tracks, this is not surprising”