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 region's richest history. We've got the hot tips on how to get the most out of your summer adventure. Book in some time to stretch your legs and take in the pure mountain air. Don't forget your camera!
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 provides access to one of Victoria's iconic walks, the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing (3-day hike each way), and the extremely popular Razorback hike from Diamantina Hut to Mt Feathertop (22km return). Stay on mountain at Hotham so you can start early and leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the views.
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. Sleep in the tree tops
Yes, you read that correctly. Alpine Nature Experience can give you the experience of a lifetime at Hotham with their Eco-Glamping experience. Set above the ground and completely enclosed to house campers and their gear you can now make special memories at Hotham relaxing in comfort while watching the stars pass by.
Their eco-camp is set-up in the wilderness of Hotham. Everything is carried in and out by man-power to reduce the impact on the fragile alpine environment, and the whole set-up is completely off the grid and very sustainable. That doesn't mean you compromise on comfort. At the eco-camp, you'll find all the facilities you need to have a comfortable and memorable moment in nature. Alpine Nature Experience is accredited Sustainable Business and is a member of the 1% for the Planet initiative. Find out more here.
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Catch an event
Check out our Events Calendar to see all things happening in Mt Hotham this summer.
Mout Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board operating hours over the summer break
The Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board (MHARMB) office and visitor information desk will be open for visitor services for the following dates over the break:
- Monday 21 December to Thursday 24 December, 9:00am to 4:00pm
- Tuesday 29 December to Thursday 31 December 9:00am to 4:00pm
General visitor enquiries will be accepted and if the counter is unattended during this period please call 03 5759 3550 for assistance.
The MHARMB office and visitor information desk will be closed during weekends and public holidays, but the activities, restaurants and bars mentioned in the above article will be open - please check with them for specific information about their operating hours.
Normal hours and operations for the MHARMB office will resume on Monday 4 January 2021.
From midnight 18 December 2020, a permit system will be in place for all NSW residents travelling to Victoria, residents from other states travelling through NSW and Victorians visiting NSW and returning home. Anyone trying to enter Victoria from the Northern Beaches and other NSW exposure sites (red zone) will not be permitted to enter.
All travellers from NSW will be asked to carry their permit with them when flying and flights will be met by members of the Victorian Government public health team at Tullamarine Airport and Albury, Mildura, Bendigo and Avalon regional airports.
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