The Victorian Alps are of special natural value, and the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort provides an excellent base for visitors wishing to experience this beautiful region. Several walking tracks exist within the resort to explore the area and provide excellent opportunities to view the native flora and fauna. Several books are available at the Resort Management office can help you identify species you encounter and a self guide eco-walk identifies several areas of significance. Alpine vegetation is particularly vulnerable to disturbance; please stay on designated tracks to avoid damage to the environment. The Mount Hotham Bushwalker Code outlines details to minimise damage and increase safety.
Mount Hotham also has stunning waterfalls and streams, and on the 17th March 2011, the resort was proud to announce that a waterfall located below the Australia Drift Poma at the head of Avalanche Gully was officially gazetted as "Ice Flower Falls". The falls can be seen from the Corral Car Park looking towards the Mount Hotham summit and 500m below the bottom of the Australia Drift Poma. During late spring and after heavy rainfall events the waterfalls are at their most spectacular. The falls derive their name from a proliferation of an Alpine flora species, Psychrophila introloba, commonly known as the Alpine Marsh Marigold or the Austral Ice Flower.
Further information on the climate, flora and fauna as well as aspects of environmental management within the resort can be found by navigating the tabs to the left of the page.