Geelong Football Club altitude hiking Bogong High Plains - Pic by Chris Hocking
Situated high in the Australian Alps, Falls Creek has become a hot spot for athletes from around the world who seek to train AND stay at altitude.
The diverse features of the resort provide a myriad of cross-training opportunities from running and cycling the resort's trails and into the nearby National Park, a number of water training options at Rocky Valley and Pretty Valley lakes, a well-equipped gymnasium plus accommodation options that include spa, sauna and pool facilities.
Elite athletes, cyclists, rowers, skiers, triathletes, professional sports teams and more are making Falls Creek an integral part of their training routine.
In addition to its mile-high elevation, Falls Creek offers an extensive network of flat and hilly trails with a cooler climate and the benefit of the pristine waters of Rocky Valley Lake.
From November to March, elite athletes from around the world travel to Falls Creek to use this increasingly popular high-altitude training region. Long time aficionados include Steve Moneghetti, Craig Mottram, Nic Bideau and Benita Johnson, plus professional sporting teams the Geelong Cats (AFL) and Melbourne Rebels (Rugby Super 15's) have recently used the resort for altitude training camps.
Melbourne Rebels set play drills in Village Bowl - Pic by Chris Hocking
Starting from Frueauf Villagefollow Ory's Trail to the aqueduct (100m), turning left onto the aqueduct trail to the Bogong High Plains (BHP) Road (1.3km).
From the end of the aqueduct, follow BHP Rd to Rocky Valley Lake and cross the dam wall then turn left onto Roper’s Lookout track (2.8km).
1. Continue to the base of Roper’s lookout (4.2km). Retracing the route on return. This is a flat and fairly easy run.
2. Continue beyond the base of Roper’s lookout, to the lookout point, this is a steep path with great views. Retrace the route to return.
Run along the BHP Rd for about 300m then follow the signs to Mt McKay. Turn left onto Pretty Valley Road and continue to Pretty Valley Hut. Turn left after the creek and follow the dirt trail past Mt Cope untill you rejoin the BHP Rd.
1. Go left running along BHP Rd to Langford’s gap (21km).
2. Turn right onto BHP Rd down to Langford’s Right Aqueduct, turn right to Langford’s gap (30km).
3. Continue on BHP Rd back to Fall’s Creek village (about 36km).
Langford's Gap is approximately 6km from Falls Creek Village. There are two aqueducts that emanate from this point:
1. An easy flat run past the scout hut (4km) to the BHP Road (17km).
2. 3km from the start of the aqueduct, turn right towards Wallace Hut and the BHP Road, turn right again back to Langford’s Gap (8km).
3. Run past the scout hut to the top of the hill, turn right and continue past Cope Hut to BHP Rd, turn right again and follow the BHP Rd back to Langford’s Gap (11km).
1. The left aqueduct is a flat trail with two minor creek crossings, follow the channel to its end (7km).
2. At the top of a small hill (4km), prior to a creek crossing, turn left climbing for 3km to run the BHP track/Spion Kopje trail, take the rocky downhill path through a gate, to BHP Rd. Turn left returning to Langford’s Gap (12km).
3. At the end of the aqueduct go to the top of the hill and turn left along a grass track to Fitzgerald’sHut. Rejoin the path and cross the Bogong High Plains, veering left onto Marm’s Point trail/Spion Kopje trail. Run down the hill and turn left onto BHP Road and back along the road to Langford’s Gap 16+km).