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Summer BUSHWALKING PROGRAM

Make use of our free summer bushwalking program run by Mt Hotham locals.

Perfect for the whole family, our guided bushwalking program allows you to learn about the history of Mt Hotham from the golden era through to the the resort we know today. If you're lucky you may even spot some of the local wildlife along the way, including the mountain Pygymy Possum - unique to the Australian Alps!

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.

Registration

No registrations are required for these walks, but they do help us manage group sizes and ensure we have sufficient guides. To register, please click the 'Register here' link for each walk below.

What to bring

Wear sturdy shoes, BYO water and snacks. For updates about the walks, please keep an eye on our Facebook page.

1. History of Hotham and Pygmy Possums - Thursday 26 December 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.
  • Register here

2. Gold, gold, gold! - Wednesday 1 January 2020

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

  • Grade and length: Grade 3, approximately 3km return
  • Meet: The General, 9:30am - Note that a bus will be provided for the drive to the start of the walk
  • Finishes: The General
  • Register here

3. The Summit and Baldy Mine Loop - Wednesday 1 January 2020

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, 1:00pm
  • Finishes: Village Square
  • Register here

4. History of Hotham and Pygmy Possums - Friday 3 January 2020

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 Car Park, 9:30am.
  • Finishes: Village Square
  • Register here

5. Looking out into Dargo - Sunday 19 January 2020

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. Bring a snack and try out the picnic shelter!

  • Grade and length: Grade 2, approximately 1.5km return
  • Meet: The General Store, 9:30am - Note that a bus will be provided for the drive to the start of the walk 
  • Finishes: The General Store
  • Register here

6. Christmas Hill Viewing Point - Sunday 19 January 2020

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: The General Store, 1:00pm - Note that a bus will be provided for the drive to the start of the walk
  • Finishes: The General Store
  • Register here

7. History of Hotham and Pygmy Possums - Wednesday 22 January 2020

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.
  • Register here

8. History of Hotham and Pygmy Possums - Sunday 26 January 2020

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.
  • Register here

9. Gold, gold, gold! - Sunday 8 March 2020

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

  • Grade and length: Grade 3, approximately 3.5km return
  • Meet: The General Store, 9:30am - Note that a bus will be provided for the drive to the start of the walk
  • Finishes: The General
  • Register here

10. History of Hotham and Pygmy Possums - Sunday 12 April 2020

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.
  • Register here

11. Looking out into Dargo - Saturday 25 April 2020

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. Bring a snack and try out the picnic shelter!

  • Grade and length: Grade 2, approximately 1.5km return
  • Meet: The General Store, 9:30am - Note that a bus will be provided for the drive tothe start of the walk
  • Finishes: The General Store
  • Register here

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