There are some nice walks to be had in the Victorian Alps High Plains joining up various historic huts. Some of these huts were originally used by cattlemen who would bring their livestock up onto the plains in search of summer pastures. Access to the Alpine National Park by drovers remains a political issue. Cattle have been banned from the park for many years but now their are changes mooted to re-open some parts of the park to cattle again.
Other huts have been used by the development of hydro-power, such a central part of Australia’s post-World War II development path. Still others have been used by ski-tourers.
This short walk takes you to two huts – an original cattleman’s hut (Wallace’s hut), and one which has been used for ski touring (Cope hut). There is an easy track to follow.
You can begin this along the Bogong High Plains road – the track to Wallace’s hut is signposted at around 7.5 kms along the road from Rocky Valley. Wallace’s is one of the original huts of the Victorian high plains.
After Wallace’s hut you can continue to Cope hut – one of the original ski-touring huts built in the 1920′s
The whole circuit will take around about 2-3 hours or so return. You can find further information on the circuit here. It’s a nice and easy introduction to some of the history that has shaped, and continues to shape, the landscapes of the high plains.