If there’s one thing that is a constant with the outdoors, it’s that it’s constantly surprising me.
And this was certainly the case with the Mount Beauty Gorge Walk in the Victorian Alpine National Park.
I’m definitely one of those people who will enjoy the hike regardless of the kilometres awaiting me.
However, this 5.9km hike absolutely blew me away what with the terrain and the way we had to make our way through the gorge.
Starting at the Big Hill Mountain Bike Park car park, the Mount Beauty Gorge Walk begins on a wide, well-formed path that is easy to follow.
Better yet, it is incredibly well-signed so you’d be hard-pressed to find yourself lost.
The first attraction of this walk is the suspension bridge that crosses the Kiewa River; the same river that you’ll be required to walk through very shortly
The track after the bridge continues on for about 100m through the gorge until you come to the first section where you have to get in ‘the drink’.
Now, to give you an idea of how deep this first section was, I’m roughly 6″3 and the water was halfway up my abdomen.
And basically, this is what you are in for every so often for the next couple of kilometres.
It’s a combination of rock hopping and wading through deep, green pools of water.
The water, while I’d imagine would be icy cold in the winter months, was at the perfect temperature for my friends and me.
There are two other spots where the rock formations are such that you are basically swimming in a pool built by Mother Nature herself.
And, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, the pool is deep enough for you to jump off the rocks into.
It’s hard to put my finger on my favourite day hike in Victoria, but the Mount Beauty Gorge Walk would have to be right up there.
It’s only a short walk, but it’s what you get to do along the way that really makes this walk.
You’ll almost certainly be bringing a day pack with you for this hike, but also bring a pack cover too.
It’d probably be worth bringing a dry sack to keep your valuables in, as well as a quick drying top and shorts/pants.
It might also be worth bringing some river walking shoes too if you’re not keen on wearing your hiking boots.
Trust me, some of those rocks can make your feet incredibly uncomfortable.
In short, the Mount Beauty Gorge Walk was absolutely amazing and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone who has a good level of fitness.
If you’re a little unsure about swimming in rivers, perhaps go with someone who is just to be sure.
We did roughly 6kms, however, the gorge looked like it went on for quite some way, so there’s plenty more to explore if you feel up to it.
If you’d like to follow this track, you can do so here via my Wikiloc trail.
The Stats – Mount Beauty Gorge Walk
Length (km): 5.9kms (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 2hrs 58mins
Moving Time: 1hr 11mins
Maximum Elevation: 469m
Accum. elev. uphill: 211m
Accum. elev. downhill: 211m
Return/Circuit/One Way: Return