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Wondering what's happened to Mother Johnson’s old ticket box?

Wondering what's happened to Mother Johnson’s old ticket box?

For many years, the Mother Johnson’s ticket box has been the entrance to Mount Hotham Resort from the Omeo side during the winter period.

The old ticket box has recently been removed from its spot as it no longer serves its purpose. A newly installed sensor camera system allows for better traffic management by reducing traffic build-up on busy days and encourages visitors to purchase their resort entry online.

The ticket box has been an integral part of the resort since its introduction in the winter of 1977, as the original Buckland Gap ticket box.

Geoff Sherwood and Richard Shaw were the first Control Office attendants to work in the box before it’s relocation to Mother Johnsons about seven years later. The hut was too small for the dense traffic moving through the North-East side, and so a larger ticket box was created for Buckland Gap.

The Mother Johnsons ticket box was named after Mother Johnson, an entrepreneurial woman who managed a roadside hostel somewhere between the Brandy Creek Picnic area and where the Mother Johnson’s ticket box was located.

The hostel provided accommodation, meals and sly-grog for passing mining traffic, businessman and early tourists along the route during the goldrush era of early 1880s.

For information on how to purchase your resort entry online, visit

29 June 2017