walk or hike
 
 

The walking track covers a 50 kilometre round trip over Four Peaks Station following the route taken by pioneer farmers and shepherds in the 1850s when sheep were first farmed in the area.


The Track season is from November - April and is limited to 10 walkers or bikers per day.


Limiting the number of walkers or mountain bikers ensures you experience the peace and tranquillity of the Four Peaks high country environment, and prevents disruption to the stock being farmed there.


Usually only your group will be using the huts , and walking or biking each section of the track, at any one time. Although smaller groups of 2’s or 3’s will be required to share the hut facilities if there are other bookings for the same dates, which can occur over public holidays and weekends.


If you have the time, the 4 day/night Walk is the most enjoyable and satisfying way to see this amazing country, and experience the charming shepherds huts along the Track. 

There will be just you, up to 9 friends, endemic and farmed wildlife, and the great outdoors!



 
walking track
"Fantasmagorical high country experience” 
                    ..... Lynne Pellett, 
                        CHRISTCHURCH

Your Itinerary ...

Drive to Four Peaks Station at 126 Clayton Settlement

Road, Fairlie, in the evening before your first day’s walk.

You will check in between 6.00 - 8:00 pm, park your

vehicle and be 'briefed' about the walking Track. 

Your 1st night is at the homestead Station Huts. 


Next morning you will be taken in a four wheel drive vehicle 15 minutes to the beginning of the Track. Your 1st day's walk is a distance of 14 kms (5-7 hours) around the base of Devil’s Peak to Pleasant Gully Hut, for night 2.


Your 2nd day's walk is a distance of 15 kms (5-7 hours) over Fiery Pass

and down to Sutherland’s Hut, for night 3.


3 Day/Night Walk Option:  Your 3rd day's walk is a distance of 17 kms (5-7 hours) over Jumpover Saddle, & past Devil's Creek Hut.  You will be collected from where you were initially dropped off, and returned to the Station Huts at the homestead.


4 Day/Night Walk Option (recommended)Your 3rd day's walk is a distance of 9 kms (3-5 hours) over Jumpover Saddle, & down to Devil's Creek Hut, for night 4.   At "The Jumpover" you have the option to climb Devil's Peak (1587m), the 2nd highest of the Four Peaks, approx. 2 hour return walk.

Your 4th day’s walk is a distance of 12 kms (3-5 hours) around Galwey Hill and back to Station Hut at the homestead.


                                                                         

What you need to bring on your walk ...

A comfortable small day-backpack to carry your lunch, wet weather gear and camera.


Sensible worn-in walking boots or shoes; water proof jacket; woolen hat; sun hat.

The weather can change rapidly in the high country, so it is important to have warm clothes.

There are several small creeks to cross so you may also get wet feet - bring at least one change of clothes!  There are no drying facilities at the huts other than fire places and drying racks.


It is essential to carry a water bottle, and drink regularly whilst walking to avoid dehydration. The streams you cross have pristine water (guaranteed by shepherds over the years!) where you can fill up your bottles. There is clean drinking water at each hut.

Regular water testing is not carried out, however if you are at all concerned you can boil the water for at least 3 minutes first.


A good quality sleeping bag  - comfortable beds, pillows and clean

pillow-slips, are provided.


Personal equipment such as toilet gear (including insect repellent,

sun block, basic first aid kit for blisters and other minor ailments);

torch; sunglasses; camera; towel.

Optional extras could include: walking stick/pole; gaiters; long johns.


You will need to have a reasonable to good level of fitness as the track takes in a variety of grades from easy terrain to uneven ground to steeper up-hill and down-hill sections.


Sufficient food for 3 or 4 days with plenty of nutritional snacks for during the walk. The huts are fully equipped with cooking utensils and gas burners.


Pack Transport ...

Pack transport is included in the walk price.   A ‘pack’ is a standard

tramper’s back-pack as shown in the photo opposite.

Groups of 4 or more are welcome to bring one chilly-bin (esky) for

their food, at no extra cost.

Any extra chilly-bins or bags will incur a charge of $10 per item.