Includes a long descent along a narrow trail down 4 Mile Spur with a crossing of the Howqua river at the foot of the Spur. The river can be fast flowing and deep following heavy rain or snow melt.
The Buller Huts Trail commences on Mount Buller, high in the Victorian Alps, at an altitude of just over 1660m and traverses some of Victoria’s most spectacular mountain summits. These include Mount Buller, The Bluff, Mount Eadley Stoney, Mount Lovick, Mount Magdala, Mount Howitt, Mount Buggery, Mount Speculation, Mount Koonika, The Monument and Mount Stirling.
Commencing on Athletes Walk, near the junction of Mount Buller and Summit Roads. Follow the walks until you reach the junction of Summit Road. Turn left and walk along Summit Road to the carpark. The Summit Nature Trail starts here. Follow the trail initially north west as it twists and turns to the summit of Mount Buller (1805m). Some walkers may prefer to commence the hike at the summit car park. Your preferred start point in the Mount Buller Alpine Resort is completely up to you really, where you start, you will end.
From the summit, retrace your steps to the first junction. Turn left at this point to continue along the Summit Nature Trail. Turning south west at the junction follow the Family ski run before turning off the Family ski run into Zwiers Zigzag (signed) for the start of 4 Mile Spur. The trail now descends along this often narrow spur for approximately 6.5km to the Hoqwua River below. At the bottom of 4 Mile Spur, you cross the river, as there is also a trail continuing on without crossing.
A short distance east from the Howqua river you will enter a large flat grassy area where you will locate Gardiners Hut (also known as Four Mile Hut). I have not included this hut on the huts overview page as this is a private hut which can be used for accommodation provided you obtain the key from the owners first. The hut is commonly used when search and rescue or other emergencies drive a need for accommodation in the area.
Turning east, follow the Howqua River a further 6.5km as it winds its way along the valley to Eight Mile Flat. An excellent camp site on the banks of the Howqua River.