Four Peaks Challenge, VIC

 Australia

Victoria’s mountain regions are unparalleled for their natural beauty, quintessential of the Australian bush.

Trip duration:
4 days

Challenge duration:
4 days

Challenge grade:
3.5/5

Departure months:
October to April

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 3-4 star lodges

Conquering the Four Peaks

On this 4-day adventure, you'll discover some of the state's highest mountain peaks, and undoubtedly have your breath taken away by the panoramic views.

The mountain ash forests of the Black Spur mark the first of many picturesque landscapes you will see, building anticipation to our first trail up Mt Dunn. Towering forests of peppermints and snow gums line the rocky and exposed trails that will lead you to the summit of four of Victoria's highest peaks, Mt Dunn, Mt Feathertop, Mt Stirling and Mt Bogong. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to visit a few of the quaint townships in the area and learn of their rich heritage. As the adventure ends, you’ll depart with a sense of achievement and a newfound appreciation for the beauty of Australia.

Mount Kosciuszko National Park in Australia (near Thredbo village)
Hikers walk on the Kosciuszko walk near the summit of Thredo in Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Challenge yourself to climb the summit of Victoria’s highest peaks, Mt Dunn, Mt Feathertop, Mt Stirling and Mt Bogong
  • Witness some of Australia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery
  • See Craig’s Hut, an iconic symbol in Australia’s settler history and develop an appreciation for the rich heritage of the region
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

Trip notes

Day 1: Depart Melbourne, Summit Mt Dunn (1489m)

Our adventure begins as we meet our guides and the rest of our team at 7:30am outside the National Gallery of Victoria in central Melbourne. From here, we board the bus and head north. Our first day’s drive takes us through stunning Victorian country landscapes, passing the towns of Seymour and Glenrowan, before arriving in Porepunkah. Our first challenge begins here, as we make our way to the summit of Mt Dunn. Set amongst subalpine plains and tall alpine ash forests, and with sublime views of the Mt Buffalo plateau from the summit, this is the perfect start to our adventure in the Victorian Alps. After we descend, we’ll enjoy lunch by Lake Catani, before we make our way to our accommodation for the evening, in Mt Beauty. Dinner tonight is eaten at a local eatery.

Trekking Distance: 6-8km

Transfer Time: 5 ½ hours

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Summit Mt Bogong (1986m)

We’re off to an early start this morning as today we’ll be conquering Mt Bogong. We begin with a short drive to Mountain Creek carpark, and begin the ascent via the Staircase Spur track, climbing through the peppermints, then mountain gums, snow gums, and finally break out above the tree line. From here, it’s not much further until we reach the summit of Victoria’s highest peak, at 1,986m. Filled with a sense of accomplishment, we stop to take in the views whilst we enjoy lunch. This afternoon, we descend via the Eskdale Spur to meet our bus and head back to our accommodation for the evening.

Trekking Distance: 20km

Transfer Time: 1 hour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Summit Mt Feathertop (1922m)

Gear up for our longest and most difficult trekking day today, the summit of Victoria’s second-highest mountain, Mt Feathertop. Along the way, we’ll walk via the historic gold mining township of Harrietville before treading deeper into Victoria’s high country at the head of the Ovens Valley. Our trailhead takes us along the south end of Mt Feathertop and Mt Hotham, meaning the trail is rocky and very exposed in some parts - caution is required especially in windy conditions. Once we finally make it to the summit, at 1922m, we’ll be treated to incredible views and a surge of emotion of what we have achieved. Tonight we’ll be making our way to Myrtleford, our home for the evening.

Trekking Distance: 22km

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Summit Mt Stirling (1747m) & return to Melbourne

We depart our accommodation this morning, ready for our final day together exploring the Victorian high country. Today we’re taking on the Mt Stirling Summit. Along the way, we’ll walk past iconic historic huts and looping past Telephone Box Junction. The Mt Stirling summit is sure to impress, with 360-degree panoramic views over the surrounding mountain ranges. It’s a picture-perfect spot to take one last group photo and to celebrate your achievements over these last few days. After our descent, we board our bus for the return to Melbourne. We aim to be back in Melbourne around 8.00pm. If you are travelling interstate, please do not book a return flight before 10.00pm.

Trekking Distance: 11km

Transfer Time: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: Depart Melbourne, Summit Mt Dunn (1489m)

Our adventure begins as we meet our guides and the rest of our team at 7:30am outside the National Gallery of Victoria in central Melbourne. From here, we board the bus and head north. Our first day’s drive takes us through stunning Victorian country landscapes, passing the towns of Seymour and Glenrowan, before arriving in Porepunkah. Our first challenge begins here, as we make our way to the summit of Mt Dunn. Set amongst subalpine plains and tall alpine ash forests, and with sublime views of the Mt Buffalo plateau from the summit, this is the perfect start to our adventure in the Victorian Alps. After we descend, we’ll enjoy lunch by Lake Catani, before we make our way to our accommodation for the evening, in Mt Beauty. Dinner tonight is eaten at a local eatery.

Trekking Distance: 6-8km

Transfer Time: 5 ½ hours

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Summit Mt Bogong (1986m)

We’re off to an early start this morning as today we’ll be conquering Mt Bogong. We begin with a short drive to Mountain Creek carpark, and begin the ascent via the Staircase Spur track, climbing through the peppermints, then mountain gums, snow gums, and finally break out above the tree line. From here, it’s not much further until we reach the summit of Victoria’s highest peak, at 1,986m. Filled with a sense of accomplishment, we stop to take in the views whilst we enjoy lunch. This afternoon, we descend via the Eskdale Spur to meet our bus and head back to our accommodation for the evening.

Trekking Distance: 20km

Transfer Time: 1 hour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Summit Mt Feathertop (1922m)

Gear up for our longest and most difficult trekking day today, the summit of Victoria’s second-highest mountain, Mt Feathertop. Along the way, we’ll walk via the historic gold mining township of Harrietville before treading deeper into Victoria’s high country at the head of the Ovens Valley. Our trailhead takes us along the south end of Mt Feathertop and Mt Hotham, meaning the trail is rocky and very exposed in some parts - caution is required especially in windy conditions. Once we finally make it to the summit, at 1922m, we’ll be treated to incredible views and a surge of emotion of what we have achieved. Tonight we’ll be making our way to Myrtleford, our home for the evening.

Trekking Distance: 22km

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Summit Mt Stirling (1747m) & return to Melbourne

We depart our accommodation this morning, ready for our final day together exploring the Victorian high country. Today we’re taking on the Mt Stirling Summit. Along the way, we’ll walk past iconic historic huts and looping past Telephone Box Junction. The Mt Stirling summit is sure to impress, with 360-degree panoramic views over the surrounding mountain ranges. It’s a picture-perfect spot to take one last group photo and to celebrate your achievements over these last few days. After our descent, we board our bus for the return to Melbourne. We aim to be back in Melbourne around 8.00pm. If you are travelling interstate, please do not book a return flight before 10.00pm.

Trekking Distance: 11km

Transfer Time: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3.5/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Four Peaks trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team.  

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 5-7 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-4 star lodges. Single rooms are available at an additional cost, subject to availability.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

 

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, toast, spreads and yoghurt. Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. There will also be plenty of snacks available during the day. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert accompanied by pre-dinner nibbles, all prepared by your guides. The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include baked apples, pavlova and fruit salad.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

The mountains tend to experience cooler weather than coastal major cities, though we travel mainly in the warmer months. You can expect high temperatures of around 20-27°C in the day, dropping down to as low as 8°C in the evening. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You will not be able to use your phone while out in the bush – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you're lucky, you might get some coverage at high points of the trail.

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity points are available at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-4 star lodges based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Expenditure of a personal nature including alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $25 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3.5/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Four Peaks trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team.  

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 5-7 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-4 star lodges. Single rooms are available at an additional cost, subject to availability.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, toast, spreads and yoghurt. Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. There will also be plenty of snacks available during the day. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert accompanied by pre-dinner nibbles, all prepared by your guides. The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include baked apples, pavlova and fruit salad.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

The mountains tend to experience cooler weather than coastal major cities, though we travel mainly in the warmer months. You can expect high temperatures of around 20- 27°C in the day, dropping down to as low as 8°C in the evening. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You will not be able to use your phone while out in the bush – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! If you're lucky, you might get some coverage at high points of the trail.

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity points are available at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-4 star lodges based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Expenditure of a personal nature including alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $25 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

Reviews

★★★★★


“We embarked upon this adventure for CDI, but it turned into an incredible weekend that I will always remember.”

Tiff Broughtwood

Childhood Dementia Institute: 3 Peaks Challenge 2021
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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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