Went hiking last weekend. It was fun. Starting near Howqua (past Mansfield) at 8 mile flat, we did the bluff trail circuit (details here).
This starts off as a moderate climb over some mountain along 8 mile spur and then down again.
8 Mile Spur views
Then the fun came when we had to climb The Bluff itself which is a huge mountain (1726m). Well worth it though as the views were fantastic - especially Mt Eadley Stoney to the east:
Mt Eadley Stoney
Climbing the bluff was quite difficult, there was some pretty serious rocks to climb up to get to the summit. Difficult with an 18kg pack on your back.
Slept the first night at the Bluff Hut which is a few k's from the summit of The Bluff. Handily, there were already some people there with a fire going for us. It then was massively windy and rainy ALL night - had to get a good nights sleep.
The Bluff Hut - early morning
The next day we travelled along the 16 mile jeep track (not for 16 miles) which was mostly down hill to the Howqua River. We missed the turnoff to the west to go along the river and ended up about a half k out of our way at Pikes Flat (no big deal, I always wanted to see Pikes Flat anyway).
Walked along the river to Ritchies hut for lunch (no pre-made fire this time).
Then along the 'high track' back to 8 mile flat (the start/finish point of this circuit). There was the option of taking the 'low track' but there were some pretty serious river crossings (like up to my waist serious) that would have sucked.