Mount Feathertop (via the Bon Accord spur)

“So to put this in perspective, we’ve got to do what we just did… all over again?”

Dash’s quip amused me. We had been walking a couple of hours up the Bon Accord Spur. It was hot, and we were sweating more than a Finn in a sauna. What’s worse was we had another 600m to go – upwards.

We had set off from Harrietville at about 8:20am, after I’d picked up a coffee at the general store and failed to find much else open. After driving around the town a bit, we decided to park at the entrance/exit to the other spur track that leaves from town – the Bungalow Spur.

From there, we walked the 1km or so through the town to the start of the Bon Accord Spur. Signed the book, and off we went.

We had decided to walk the Bon Accord Spur and the Razorback on the first day, and staying the night at Federation Hut. We planned to walk down Bungalow the next day. We knew it was going to be a big walk on day 1, but hadn’t really realised that there was a lot of uphill to go.

The first 5km was easy. It’s only about 170m rise. We came across a small campsite at the 5km mark. It’s right near a river and would be a great place to spend the night. It wasn’t marked on our map, so if you’re interested in finding where it is, download the GPS GPX file with its coordinates.

The river at an alternative Bon Accord Spur camp site
The river at an alternative Bon Accord Spur camp site

It’s not a huge campsite (probably room for 2 or maybe 3 tents max), and it was also the last place we could pick up water until Federation Hut.

The camp site alongside the river on the Bon Accord Spur
The camp site alongside the river on the Bon Accord Spur

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