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Summer at Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain



Summer is a great time to explore Mt Hotham and the surrounding alpine region. A variety off-tracks, trails and roads are suited to access some of Australia’s best views, unique flora and fauna and some of the regions richest history.

Whether you are Luke-warm weather sky walker or a family trip mountain mover, summer time at Mt Hotham is full of outdoor potential!

Head up in whatever wheels you like and experience the magnificent views along the Great Alpine Road. Mt Hotham tells an intriguing history of the gold mining era, and you can find some of these stories in the Chain Bays along the GAR. These stories are also created in video format and can be found at the website “Explore Hotham”.

Check out our Events Calendar to see all things happening in Mt Hotham this summer.


Tips to discovering the best of Mt Hotham this summer

1. 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 and sun lounge on the deck at The General.

2. Make sure you pack clothes for every type of weather conditions. 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.

3. The Explore Mt Hotham website has heaps of guides including 4x4 tracks, walking tracks, cycling and trail running. Stop at the chain fitting bays on the way up and read the signs. We were not the first ones to get here and the history is nothing short of remarkable.

4. Seek out the freshness of the high country and enjoy a cool summer change. 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 4x4 have a look at what is out there with the new 4x4 self-guided booklet which is also downloadable here.