Explore the mountain and enjoy the cool alpine air at Hotham and Dinner Plain
The Bushwalking Season for the alpine resort area is from the November Melbourne Cup Weekend until mid May.
Outside the Bushwalking Season walking tracks & trails can be covered in snow and conditions not suited to bushwalking.
Summer is a great time to explore Hotham Alpine Resort and the surrounding Alpine National Park. A variety of tracks & trails access some of
The walking season lasts from early November until late May as the area is usually snow covered during the winter and early spring.
With two new walking trails to explore this summer, there is no better time than now to experience the very best alpine scenery, and learn about the secrets to Hotham’s unique gold mining and pioneering history dating back over 125 years.
The Cobungra Ditch Walk
Formerly known as the Aqueduct Trail, The Cobungra Ditch Walk can be done as a one way 12.5km walk or completed as an 18 km circuit (via the Great Alpine Road). The walk is accessible from the Great Alpine Road from the Davenport Access Track, Hotham Village, or the halfway between Brandy Creek and Dinner Plain from the Brandy Creek Fire Track.
The Cobungra Ditch Walk will take visitors on a journey on how this water race was constructed and used. This is not just an ordinary water race, this was an engineering wonder that had to be surveyed and cut through one of the harshest and rugged landscapes in Australia. This walk is a must-do for all visitors.
Witness what Hotham would have been like in the 1880s by watching our Cobungra Ditch Walk - Discover the History video. This fantastic reinactment highlights one of the major historical events that happened during this time - The Cobungra Ditch Riot in 1883 when the Cobungra GMCo suddenly dismissed the 120 workers on the ditch without warning. These workers banded together and held a protest march along the Great Alpine Road.
The Huts Walk
The Huts Walk links three of Hotham's significant historic huts, each which represent an important role which led to the development of Hotham Alpine Resort. These iconic huts include Spargo's (gold mining), Derrick Hut (ski touring), and Silver Brumby Hut (representative of cattle grazing and as used in the film Silver Brumby).
The Huts Walk offers bushwalkers a unique opportunity to experience some of the high country’s rarely seen significant natural and historic landscapes. Interpretive signs highlighting some of the remarkable history of this feature have been installed along the route. The walk also takes you through a range of natural landscapes, from shady and sparsely open forest to damp gullies and impressive waterfalls.
The Huts Walk can be done as a complete circuit or as individual sections suited to personal fitness levels or interests.
Mt Feathertop via The Razorback Walk
This is a popular walk for along day trip or overnight camp. Beginning at Diamantina Hut 2.5km from Hotham, the walk along the Razorback Ridge is generally exposed above the tree line making for great panoramic views.
Self Guided Eco Walk to Mt Loch
A great walk for families, the Self Guided Eco Walk visits areas of environmental significance for flora and fauna within the resort. Starting off from the Big D and heading along Higgi Drive, you will travel past the “Tunnel of Love” (a special tunnel constructed to allow the male pygmy-possums to assist reaching the female pygmy possums), The Basin ski run, Mother Johnson’s track and up to the top at Heavenly Valley Chairlift. You can continue along from the Orchard Chairlift where you can connect to the Australian Alps Walking Track.
Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT)
The long distance Australian Alps Walking Track passes through the area on its 650km journey between Walhalla (Gippsland) and Namadgi National Park (near Canberra). This AAWT track varies from a four wheel drive track along the Barry Mountains to a foot pad across the snow grass plains of the high country from Hotham to Mt Bogong. This walk is recommended for fit, experienced, self-reliant walkers only.
For further information and maps, click here.
Alpine Wild Walk
For the true adventurer! Take on two peaks by walking from Falls Creek to Hotham over the Bogong High Plains.
Hotham has plenty of lodges open over summer who offer the perfect accommodation options for families, couples and walking clubs. Click here to book.
For more information and helpful contact details:
Pick up a brochure from the Mt Hotham Resort Management Board office within office hours (Monday-Friday 8am – 4:00pm), the Transit Lounge (open 7 days), or The General Store (open 7 days).
We recommend visiting the Parks Victoria website which has all the information you need to plan for your walk. Check out www.parks.vic.gov.au or phone 13 19 63.
To view their Park Notes for the Alpine National Park "The High Country - Walks Around Feathertop, Hotham and Dinner Plain" click here.
If you would like to do a guided walk, try Gippsland High Country Tours on (03) 5157 5556 or visit their website.
To download and print your own copies of our track notes, please click here.