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Travel to Hotham

Whether you are driving yourself on the Great Alpine Road, enjoying being driven by coach or landing from above... Hotham is Australia's most accessible resort.

 

 
 
 
 
Important Note for all guests about snow chains and driving to Hotham Alpine Resort:

 All vehicles travelling The Great Alpine Road must carry Diamond Pattern Chains at all times during the declared snow season and must be fitted where directed.

Diamond pattern snow chains (ladder chains, spider chains and snow socks are not permitted) are now mandatory for all vehicles travelling on The Great Alpine Road and entering the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort.  It is a legal requirement for all vehicles entering the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort, and it is also a safety measure. 

You can hire chains at the base of the mountain, in Myrtleford from Rays Ski Centre or in Harrietville from Hoys Harrietville Ski Centre or in Omeo from various Service Stations. Hoys Chain Fitting Service operates on the Harrietville approach of the Great Alpine Road when vehicles are required to fit them. This is a free service for Hoys chain customers. 

Please note, if the weather is producing snowfalls or low visibility, there may be delays on the Great Alpine Road. If guests are coming from Melbourne during these times we recommend using the Great Alpine Road via Omeo as an alternative route to getting here.

 

Travel By Road

 

Getting Here

From Melbourne
Route 1. Take the Hume Hwy to Wangaratta then the Great Alpine Road direct to Hotham, or the Snow Road via Milawa & Oxley to Myrtleford, Bright, Harrietville & Hotham. Travel time around 4.25 hours with a distance of 380km.. 

Route 2. Take the Monash Freeway (which turns into the Princes Hwy) to Bairnsdale, then Omeo, then the Great Alpine Road to Hotham past the Hotham Airport and Dinner Plain. Travel time around 5.5 hours with a distance of 460km.

From Sydney
Route 1. Take the Hume Hwy to Albury-Wodonga and follow the snow signs to Yackandandah then turn off to Myrtleford. At Myrtleford turn onto the Great Alpine Road to Bright then Harrietville and Hotham. Travel time around 8 hours.

From Adelaide
Route 1. Take the Mallee Highway to Ouyen, connect to the Murray Valley Highway to Swan Hill, the Midland Highway to Shepparton, then take the Hume Highway to Wangaratta, followed by the Great Alpine Road direct to Hotham. Travel time around 12 hours.

From Brisbane
Route 1. From Brisbane drive south along the Newell Highway across NSW via Tocumwal and Cobram then across to Wangaratta. Take the Great Alpine Road direct to Hotham via Bright and Harrietville. Travel time around 15 hours.

 

Resort Entry

Alpine Easy Access is smart phone compatible allowing you to purchase your Resort Entry as you travel to Mount Hotham giving you more time on the snow with no Resort Entry queues.

Remember all vehicles stopping in a Victorian Alpine Resort must have a valid authorised Resort Entry Permit.

Day, Multi-day and Season Resort Enrty Permits are available through the online system of alpineeasyaccess.com.au, allowing guests to purchase prior to or immediately upon arrival, alleviating the need to queue at an entry booth to purchase an Entry Permit. 

Alternatively drive direct to Hotham located at the crest of the Great Alpine Road. Ensure you make plenty of stops along the way and enjoy all the gourmet produce and wine the North East of Victoria has to offer.  

If it's your first time to Hotham please read all the information provided on this site thoroughly and if you have any questions before you head on your way please call Mt Hotham Resort Management Board on 03 5759 3550 or Mt Hotham Skiing Company on 03 5759 4444.

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes at Hotham Alpine Resort this winter.

Winter 2014 Resort Entry Prices - Day Permits

Transport   Price  
Cars & 4WD Private Vehicles
Vehicles with a carrying capacity of less than 12 persons including driver
Includes the dropping off and picking up of passengers
  $45.00 Per vehicle per day if purchased online
($50 if purchased in RMB office)
4WD Taxis/Taxis/RHV   $18.00 Per adult per day
    $9.00 Per child* per day
Bus & Coaches (excludes bus fare)*
Vehicles with a carrying capacity of 12 or more persons including driver 
Also applies to airport bus service.
  $18.00 Per adult per entry
  $9.00 Per child per entry
School Groups
(Primary/Secondary Only)**
  $7.00 Per student /teacher per entry
(travelling on buses only)
School Group
(Tertiary Only)**
  $18.00 Per student per entry
(travelling on buses only)

 

 

Great Alpine Road Guide

Snow Chains for your tyres

  • All vecicles entering Mt Hotham must carry Wheel Chains and fit them as directed.
  • Fit chains at bays where you see the "Fit Chains Here" sign.
  • Always fit chains to driving wheels only. When required, 4WD vehicles should fit chains to manufacturers recommendation. 
  • Diamond pattern chains are now mandatory for all vehicles entering the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort.  Ladder chains, spider chains and snow socks are not permitted to be used at any time. 
  • Chain fitting bays are safe, designated areas. They are level and make fitting easier.
  • At all Victorian resorts, you can be fined for not carrying and fitting chains as directed. This is a state law.
  • If it has not been necessary to fit chains when travelling to the resort, it is advisable to fit them upon arrival in preparation for the return trip.
  • It is quite difficult to fit them to cars covered by snow.
  • Do not drive faster than 40kph.

Chain Fitting Checklist

  • Fit chains to driving wheels only.
  • Always test fit chains before a trip.
  • Fit at fitting bays on level ground.
  • If chains fall off or loosen when a vehicle is in motion stop and check brake lines for damage, before retensioning.
  • Carry a torch, plastic garbage bag (or tarp) and gloves to make fitting easier.
  • Use correct fitting diamond pattern chains. Ladder chains, spider chains and snow socks are not permitted to be used at any time in the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort.
  • Tyres must be in good condition with minimal wear.
  • Chains alter your car's handling, take time to readjust your driving and take care!

For more information visit the Wheel Chains page.

The Great Alpine Road Chain Fitting Service

Hoy's Chain Service operates whenever chains are required to be fitted on the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and the Mt Hotham village.

This Mobile Service is located in the designated roadside chain fitting bays of the day between Harrietville and the Mt Hotham Village. Look for the big white van with flashing orange lights on the way up the Great Alpine road where the boys in the orange jackets will be.

This service can also fit your own chains, for a fee.

For more information visit Chain Fitting Service Page or visit http://www.hoysskis.com.au/chains/ 

 

Chain Bay Map

Parking at Hotham

If you are driving to Hotham you will need to park your car in an appropriate car park depending on whether you are visiting for the day or for an overnight period.

Its easy just follow the signs, Blue for Day Parking, 7am till 11pm leaving the car park clear for overnight snow clearing and Green for 24hr.

A Resort Entry fee is applicable to all motor vehicles stopping in a Victorian Ski Resorts during the declared snow season.

Day permits can be purchased via Alpine Easy Access prior to arriving at Hotham . Season Entry Permits are also available and provide great value if you are planning to visit the resort for an extended period of time. Please take the time to consider which option offers the best value for you.

Day Parking

  For day visitors, parking is available in the Corral Day Carpark in the heart of the Village and along the Great Alpine Road towards the Davenport end of the village, until 11pm. Parking attendants are often on hand to direct you and you are asked to observe all parking directives and signs.

If you have kids then you should head to the Big D Centre, that is located half way along the village and park in the day car parking area adjacent to the Centre.

24 Hour Long Term Parking

 For overnight visitors, carparking is available below Bus Stop 8 towards the Wire Plain cross country area, depending on demand. Look for the large green signs indicating the start of overnight parking areas. Getting back to the village is easy with the free village transport service that will collect you from within the overnight carparking zone. If in doubt with where to park , please check the map below or with the Resort Management Office or ask a parking attendant.

On Friday night parking attendants and Guest Service Staff are on duty until 3am to assist and direct arrivals to overnight carparking areas. 

Parking Guide

 

Travel By Coach or Taxi

If you're in need of a lift to the mountain there are a number of coach services that can help you out. These services offer a comfortable and convenient way to hit the slopes.

Find out more here

 

Alpine Spirit Coaches

BOOK NOW! – daily coach travel services to the Victorian Snowfields with the most competitive prices and value for money available. We can also provide bus fares from Melbourne to Mt Hotham starting at $60pp & from Harrietville at $10pp

Hotham Bus

HothamBus offers daily express coach services from Melbourne, Tullamarine Airport, Sydney & Adelaide to Hotham Alpine Resort.

Hoys Mt Hotham Bus and Taxi Bookings

Hoys at Harrietville - bus transfers, taxi bookings and security carparking. 

O'Connell's Omeo Bus Service

Bus charter and small group transfers from Omeo to Dinner Plain and Mt Hotham. 

Omeo to Bright Alps Bus Link

Visitors to Victoria’s north east can take advantage of this public bus link operating between Wangaratta and Bairnsdale along the Great Alpine Road.

Snowball Express

Daily scheduled coach service from Melbourne, Airport, Myrtleford, Bright and Harrietville.

See more here

Travel By Air

Fly straight into Albury airport, an convenient and easy alternative to get to Hotham this Winter. Hotham also has it's own airport which is serviced by private charter operators which offer trips from Melbourne, Moorabbin and Albury.

Albury Airport to Hotham Return

If you're flying in to Albury Airport from Sydney and beyond, enjoy a comfortable, hassle-free coach journey up and down the mountain.

Book online at www.snowballexpress.com.au 

See more here

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