Why slog up Victoria’s highest mountain and immediately head down again when you can camp up top? Granted, spending a night on Mt Bogong (1986m), in Alpine National Park, involves walking beyond the summit to pitch a tent and carrying more than a day pack. When you can sleep among snow gums and dine under crystalline stars, however, doing it as a 26km two-day hike is a bushwalking Victoria no-brainer.
The most popular Bogong approach is from Mountain Creek to the north (it’s three or more days from the south on the long-distance Australian Alps Walking Track), with two alternate ridge routes. Given the strain on your knees, it’s probably marginally easier to ascend Staircase Spur (1-in-5 slope) and descend Eskdale Spur.
Whichever way you go you’re up for hours of steady climbing and a summit view that rewards all the effort. You’ll likely gape slack-jawed at the good-weather panorama of the Great Dividing Range flattening into snow grass plains and plunging into valleys before rising again to ridgelines in multiple blue hues.