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Free guided bushwalks over summer at Mt Hotham

The snow is disappearing but Mt Hotham's beautiful landscape is ready to be explored on foot.

You can walk one of our many tracks independently, with some help from our maps and track notes, or you can get a special insight into this beautiful location with Mt Hotham's free guided bushwalks, which are running over the next few months. A Mt Hotham guide will lead you on the walk, pointing out noteworthy features and points of interest, and also providing information about the local flora and fauna.

All of the walks are between 3 and 5 kilometres in length, and are designated at Grade 2-3 according to the Australian Walking Track Grading System.

No bookings are required for these walks, just turn up at the meeting point as specified in the information below. Wear sturdy shoes, BYO water and snacks. For updates about the walks, please keep an eye on our Facebook page.

1. Mt Higginbotham Loop - Wednesday 26 December 2018

This short stroll takes in the summit of Mt Higginbotham and some of the early history of the resort, exploring the Mountain Pygmy Possum habitat along the way. 

  • Grade and length: Grade 3, approximately 3km return
  • Meet: Village Square, Corral Carpark, 9:30am.
  • Finishes: Village Square.

2. Brandy Creek Mine and Cobungra Township - Tuesday 1 January 2019

Walk over the site of the Brandy Creek Mine, and discover the remarkable history of one of the region's highest deep lead mines.

  • Grade and length: Grade 3, approximately 3km return
  • Meet: The General, 9:30am
  • Finishes: The General

3. The Summit and Baldy Mine Loop - Tuesday 1 January 2019

This short stroll over the Summit takes a short detour to the Baldy Gold Mine.

  • Grade and length:Grade 3, approximately 2km return.
  • Meet: Village Square, Corral Car Park, 11:00am
  • Finishes: Village Square

4. Dargo Lookout Stroll - Sunday 20 January 2019

This easy stroll takes walkers through snow gum forests to the Dargo lookout. Learn about the great rush to the upper Dargo Goldfield in 1863, and about Jimmy Broomfield, who was lost trying to protect his newly discovered diggings. Bring a snack and try out the new picnic shelter!

  • Grade and length: Grade 2, approximately 1.5km return
  • Meet: The General Store, 9:30am - Note that you will need your car to drive to Wire Plain
  • Finishes: Wire Plain carpark

5. Christmas Hill Viewing Point - Sunday 20 January 2019

This longer walk follows the Wonderland Trail, stopping at lookouts taking in the Brandy Creek Mine and Mt Hotham resort. 

  • Grade and length: Grade 3, approximately 4.5km return
  • Meet: Wire Plain carpark (about 4km from Hotham Village towards Dinner Plain), 11:00am
  • Finishes: Wire Plain carpark

6. Mt Higginbotham Loop - Sunday 20 January 2019

This short stroll takes in the summit of Mt Higginbotham and some of the early history of the resort, exploring the Mountain Pygmy Possum habitat along the way. 

  • Grade and length: Grade 3, approximately 3km return
  • Meet: The General, 2:00pm.
  • Finishes: The General

7. Brandy Creek Mine and Cobungra Township - Sunday 10 March 2019

Walk over the site of the Brandy Creek Mine, and discover the remarkeable history of one of the region's highest deep lead mines.

  • Grade and length: Grade 3, approximately 3.5km return
  • Meet: Village Square, Corral Car Park, 9:30am
  • Finishes: Village Square

8. Mt Higginbotham Loop - Sunday 21 April 2019

This short stroll takes in the summit of Mt Higginbotham and some of the early history of the resort, exploring the Mountain Pygmy Possum habitat along the way. 

  • Grade and length: Grade 3, approximately 3km return
  • Meet: Village Square, Corral Carpark, 9:30am.
  • Finishes: Village Square.

9. Dargo Lookout Stroll - Sunday 21 April 2019

This easy stroll takes walkers through snow gum forests to the Dargo lookout. Learn about the great rush to the upper Dargo Goldfield in 1863, and about Jimmy Broomfield, who was lost trying to protect his newly discovered diggings. Bring a snack and try out the new picnic shelter!

  • Grade and length: Grade 2, approximately 1.5km return
  • Meet: The General Store, 2:30pm - Note that you will need your car to drive to Wire Plain
  • Finishes: Wire Plain carpark

For information about bushwalking at Mt Hotham, check our Hiking page on this website.

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