It takes approximately 4.5 hours from Melbourne (via Bright) and¬†8 hours from Sydney to drive Hotham Alpine Resort.
Hotham is located at the crest of the Great Alpine Road, the highest bitumen road in Australia. By road the resort is 357km from Melbourne, 746km from Sydney and 882km from Adelaide.¬†
Diamond pattern snow chains (ladder chains, spider chains and snow socks are not permitted) are now mandatory for all vehicles at all times during the declared snow season and must be fitted where directed. 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 Harrietville from Hotham Sports or Hoys 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.
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Firstly before you leave home,¬†check that you have organised your resort entry permit which has to be pre-purchased before your arrival. We¬†have an exciting¬†new resort entry system that was launched this season¬†called¬†Alpine Easy Access. It's a simple process that allows you to organise your resort entry conveniently online¬†or over the phone with no more stopping required at the resort entry points. Click here¬†to go the resort entry information page and payment gateway for prices and further details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Route 1. Take the Sydney Newcastle Freeway, connecting with the M7/South Western Freeway and Hume Highway to Goulburn and Albury-Wodonga. Then 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 10 hours.
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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.
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.
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.
For overnight visitors, carparking is available below Bus Stop 8 towards the Wire Plain cross country area, depending on demand. Look for the large red sign indicating the start of overnight parking. 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 with the Resort Management Office or ask a parking attendant.
On Friday night parking attendants are on duty until 3am to assist and direct arrivals to overnight carparking areas.¬†
The Daily Snow Report on this website includes a road report.
For any further information about road conditions please phone Resort Management on 03 5759 3550.¬†
For more information about driving to Hotham Alpine Resort contact:
Mt Hotham Resort Management Board on¬†(03) 5759 3550 or head to www.mthotham.alpineeasyaccess.com.au