It’s time to take your hiking up a notch at Mt Hotham, the gateway to some of the best hiking terrain in Australia.
With walks to suit everyone from the picnicker to the hard core high plains hiker, we’re inviting you to discover the best of Mt Hotham’s trails.
There’s so much to explore. You could stumble across old mining equipment or a rare plant; find a familiar name in an historic hut’s guest book, or spot an alpine dingo.
Mt Hotham is the perfect base to explore high country trails with 360 views, or deep hidden gullies with cool streams and old water races. Where you can go and what you can see is limited only by how far you can walk.
There’s the Bogong High Plains and Falls Creek in one direction, the Dargo Valley in the opposite direction, and iconic walks like the Razorback and the Australian Alps Walking Trail.
Come up and join us where the air is fresher, the views are bigger, and the trails go forever.
Short walks with big rewards
The good news is there’s no need to pack for a major expedition – all these walks are less than 3 hours, but the rewards are monumental! Get a view of Mt Feathertop that skiers in the Orchard area enjoy during winter, visit a tiny heritage hut nestled in the snowgums, or stroll through the forested Possum Flat area and marvel at the views over the Dargo valley.
Feathertop’s finery: Mt Loch Summit: Get a different perspective on Mt Feathertop. This walk provides impressive views of the rugged east face of Mt Feathertop (2–3 hours return)
Lookout: Little Mt Higgi is the little lookout with big views, just a short stroll from the village (1.5 hour return)
Heritage hut: Joyce Brockhoff Hut is named after Joyce Brockhoff, a skilled skier who helped and influenced many others who shared her passion. The location of the Brockhoff run, was Joyce’s favourite area to ski. estled in snowgums in the ski fields (1 hour return)
Eco-village: The Dargo Loop takes in the quaint alpine eco-village and stunning views (1.5 hour return)
Falling for falls: Stroll to picturesque 25 metre Carmichael Falls at Dinner Plain (1.5 hour return)
Views in every direction
Whether you’re looking for the ultimate spot to watch the sun go down, or you’re keen to enjoy the panoramic splendour of the Victorian Alps, you can’t go wrong with these walks. They range from short walks that take you to perfect photo points, to longer hikes that carry you deep into the unique ecosystem of the alpine plains.
On top of the world: A decommissioned water tank is the perfect spot for a lookout. There’s plenty of room to sit and enjoy the view after the short, sharp walk from the main carpark. Stroll down the back path on the Big D ski runs till you reach The General, where you can enjoy a cold drink on the deck.
Wildflower meadows: The Brabralung Trail starts at The General and winds its way towards Dinner Plain. You’re carried up into the alpine high plains and bogs, where wildflowers abound. Along the way, learn about how our Traditional Owners lived off and managed the land.
Big Spur picnic point: Not many people know about this hidden gem, perched at the back of Mt Hotham’s Christmas Hills area, but it’s well-known among winter’s cross country skiers. Walk grassy trails until you pop out at the picnic spot, where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views out over the Bogong High Plains.