In line with the Third Step of the Victorian Government’s Reopening Roadmap, which came into effect on Wednesday 16 September at 11:59pm, Mt Hotham is again open for visitors from regional Victoria.
Summer is a great time to explore Mt Hotham and the surrounding alpine region. A variety of tracks, trails and roads give you access to some of Australia’s best views, unique flora and fauna and some of the regions richest history. See below for some tips on how to get the most out of your summer adventure.
1. Experience a sunset
Mt Hotham plays host to some of the most spectacular sunsets. At 1750m above sea level and on the top of a ridgeline, you can almost have a 360-degree view of the lapping mountain ranges. Plan your day to make the most of the sunset. For the hotspots, allow 15 - 30 minutes to walk to the top of Summit, or get in early for a beverage on the deck at The General.
2. Take a walk
There's something for everyone at Hotham. If you'd like to keep it local, you might like to explore Hotham's surrounds and learn a little about the history of the resort. Check out our track notes and take yourself off to explore our amazing tracks and trails.
Looking for more of a challenge? Hotham provideas access to one of Victoria's iconic walks the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing and the extremely popular Razorback hike from Diamantina Hut to Mt Feathertop (22km return).
If you'd like a new experience with a bit of help, there are now two existing on-mountain operators offering guided and self-guided hikes. Head to our guided walks page for more on offerings by Vic Alps Backcountry and Alpine Nature Experience.
Remember to contact the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Office on 03 5759 3550 and let us know your intentions, or leave a note in the intentions books at the trailheads, just in case.
3. Enjoy a cool change
Seek out the freshness of the high country and enjoy a cool summer change. Mt Hotham tends to be about 10 degrees cooler than the valley temperature. Do remember to pack accordingly. Mt Hotham’s weather can change quickly in this extreme microclimate, and although it is fascinating to watch, it’s no fun if you get caught out.
Sunscreen, hat and walking shoes are a priority. It is always good to have a waterproof jacket and some warm pants because cool changes can arrive quickly during the day and frequently in the evening. Always remember to check local weather conditions!
4. Hit the dirt and go for a drive
You might not realise that fresh tracks aren’t just limited to the snow season. Driving along ridgelines and secret valleys is also inspiring. If you have a 4WD have a look at what is out there with the our self-guided booklet.
5. Spend quality time with the kids
Hiking and cycling are great activities for the whole family, and you can do both at Hotham. Cycle our network of shared trails, or head down to the Dinner Plain Mountain Bike Park and give their 24km of trails a workout.
Afterwards, relax in the family-friendly Davenport area over a glass of wine at our fire pits while the kids enjoy the playground, trampoline and pump track. Or challenge the whole gang to a petanque competition.
6. Catch an event
Check out our Events Calendar to see all things happening in Mt Hotham this summer.