Bushwalking and trails
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.
Summer is a great time to explore Hotham Alpine Resort and the surrounding Alpine National Park, with a range of truly iconic alpine tracks and trails to choose from. A variety of tracks & trails access some of Australia’s best views, unique flora and fauna and some of the region's richest history. The Hotham region has something for suited to all fitness levels, age groups and interests everyone to discover. Outside the Bushwalking Season walking tracks & trails can be covered in snow and conditions not suited to bushwalking.
The Cobungra Ditch (12.5km one way) – One of the few interpreted historic walking tracks in the area, the Cobungra Ditch follows the course of an abandoned water race which supplied water for the hydraulic sluicing operations at the Brandy Creek mines. The ditch was cut by the Cobungra Gold Mining Company in 1884 at the cost of £11,000, and employed upwards of 120 men in its construction. Today interpretation signs along the course of the Ditch describe the history of the water race and its construction. The feature is retained for much of it length by ancient looking dry-stone walls and passes through snow gum and mountain ash forests.
The Huts Walk (21km circuit) – 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.
Hotham to Dinner Plain Trail (24km return) - Walk or ride this wonderful trail that runs through the Alpine National Park linking the Hotham Resort to Dinner Plain. Lookout for the native fauna and flora (spot the resident emus at JB Plain). This trail will take you through woodland to open scenic plain that gives the high country its unique scenic vista views.
Please Note – final upgrades on this trail are being made during late 2013. Please observe advisory signage along route. Trail will remain open for the season.
Mt Feathertop and the Razorback. Described as “Queen of the Victorian Alps” Mount Feathertop (1922m) has been the region’s most popular alpine hiking destination for well over 100 years. In 1854, on the heels of the miners, Government Botanist Ferdinand von Mueller ascended Mt Feathertop. After von Mueller, the Bright Alpine Club formalised the destination with a winter ascent in 1889. The second highest peak in Victoria (after Mt Bogong), this track provides walkers with the most spectacular views in the State.
Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing. This overnight walk offers bushwalkers a true alpine experience, from high plains to deep mountain valleys. Trekkers experience the range of natural wonders of flora, fauna and geology, to the human stories of interaction within this wild and beautiful landscape.
Commencing at Heathy Spur, Rocky Valley Dam at Falls Creek, several varying routes through the Alpine National Park take you to Mt Loch car Park on the Great Alpine Road at Mt Hotham.
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).
Hotham has plenty of lodges open over summer who offer the perfect accommodation options for families, couples and walking clubs. Click here to book.
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 download and print your own copies of our track notes, please click here.
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