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Free Summer Bushwalking Program

 

 

Mount Hotham has been a bushwalking destination for generations, with the first European 'Bushwalkers' crossing the Great Divide in the 1850's in search of gold. Miners moving over the mountains between the Gippsland and Ovens Valley goldfields followed in the footsteps of well-established traditional aboriginal routes. Rough paths were soon blazed into well defined tracks.

Learn how the golden era eventually transformed the region from wilderness to the resort we know today, in our FREE summer bushwalking program.

Scheduled Free Guided Bushwalking Tour Program 2017/2018 Green Season

 

Tuesday 26th December 2017

9.30am - Mount Higginbotham Loop

Steep hills, Grade 3 - Approximately 3km return

Walkers will meet at the Village Square, Corral Car park at 9:30am. This short stroll takes in the summit of Mount Higginbotham and some of the early history of the resort returning via East Street and Higgi Drive, exploring the Pygmy Possum habitat along the way. Returning to the Village Square.

 

Tuesday 2nd January 2018 (New Years Break)

9.30am - Brandy Creek Mine & Cobungra Township

Steep hills, Grade 3 - Approximately 3km return

Walkers will meet at The General. You will require your own vehicle to drive to the Cobungra Ditch South Track Head (5.5km). This tour will take walkers over the site of the Brandy Creek Mine highlighting the remarkable history of one of the regions highest deep lead mines. Return via the same route. 

 

Sunday 21st January 2018 (Summer Holiday)

9.30am - Dargo Lookout Stroll

Grade 2 - Approximately 1.5km return

Walkers will meet at The General Store at 9:30am. You will require your own vehicle to drive 2.5km to Wire Plain. this easy stroll takes walkers through snow gum forests and to the Dargo Lookout. Learn about the great rush to the upper Dargo Goldfield in 1863, and of Jimmy Bloomfield who was lost trying to protect his newly discovered diggings. Bring a thermos and jam sandwich and try out the new picnic shelter.

 

Sunday 11th March 2018 (Labour Day Weekend)

9.30am - Brandy Creek Mine & Cobungra Township

Mount Hotham Summit

Steep hills, Grade 3 - Approximately 3.5km return

Walkers meet at the Village Square, Corral Car Park at 9:30am. This short stroll takes in the summit of Mount Higginbotham and some of the early history of the resort and the surrounding landscape. Take a short detour to the Baldy Gold Mine. Return via same route.

 

Sunday 1st April 2018 (Easter Holiday)

9.30am - Mount Higginbotham Loop

Steep hills, Grade 3 - Approximately 3km return

Walkers will meet at the Village Square, Corral Car park at 9:30am. This short stroll takes in the summit of Mount higginbotham and some of the early history of the resort. returning via East Street and Higgi Drive, exploring the Pygmy Possum habitat along the way. Returning to the Village Square.

 

Saturday 22rd April 2018 (ANZAC Weekend)

9.30am - Dargo Lookout Stroll 

Grade 2 - Approximately 1.5km return

Walkers will meet at The General Store at 9:30am. You will require your own vehicle to drive 2.5km to Wire Plain. this easy stroll takes walkers through snow gum forests and to the Dargo Lookout. Learn about the great rush to the upper Dargo Goldfield in 1863, and of Jimmy Bloomfield who was lost trying to protect his newly discovered diggings. Bring a thermos and jam sandwich and try out the new picnic shelter.

 

GUIDED WALKING TOURS

Meet at The General Store, Great Alpine Road, Mt Hotham (opposite Police Station). Duration approximately 3 hours, no bookings required. *Tours may be cancelled on the day due to poor weather

Please be prepared with: wind & waterproof jackets, warm clothing - hat, gloves, sunglasses, strong footwear, food and water, first aid kit and sunscreen.

A reasonable level of fitness and some bushwalking experience are required.

Track Notes and Maps