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 Starting in the beautiful valley town of Harrietville, this ride takes you up one of the most stunning roads in Australia. The road winds through lush green areas, tall forests and majestic snowgums, then traverses the top of the mountain range, surrounded by vistas of endless mountain peaks and valleys.

The Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Hotham passes local huts and ski lodges, providing a spectacular view of Mt Buffalo, Mt Feathertop and the high plains. The climb is quite steep in some areas and is not for the faint hearted. With some areas at a maximum grade of 18%, this ride is a true alpine challenge.  Be sure to stop at Icewater Creek on your way to Dinner Plain, to fill your drink bottles with mountain spring water.           

Evolving from the Dinner Plain Festival of Cycling and the Hotham Challenge Ride, the Audax Hotham Challenge is a new event which offers cyclists a series of three challenging mountain rides. These include a 200km ride from Dinner Plain to Mt Buffalo (featuring two climbs); a shorter 135km ride from Dinner Plain to Bright and back (one climb); and a third ride from Bright to Mt Buffalo.


Hotham to Dinner Plain Distance - 16.1km Information - Elevation drop from Hotham Heights to Dinner Plain is approx. 263m some undulating hills, easy to moderate riding.

Hotham to Harrietville  Distance - 28.0km Information – Elevation drop from Hotham to Harrietville is approx. 1273m. There are steep downhills and difficult sections, which become long, tough climbs in the other direction. Excellent for advanced riders.

Hotham to Bright  Distance - 52.2km Information – same as above, with an extra 25km from Harrietville to Bright, a couple of easy hills and enjoyable riding along the Great Alpine Road.

Hotham to Omeo  Distance - 54.2km Information – The elevation from Hotham to Omeo drops approx. 1098m mostly downhill from Dinner Plain onwards. On the return journey the steep hill ‘Mountain Maid’ is difficult but rewarding. 


  • Start: Harrietville General Store
  • Finish: Hotham Corral Day Carpark
  • Distance: 30.8km           
  • Rise: 1,347m
  • Grade Average: 3.7%
  • Grade Max: 18%


The Challenge: It's you against the Mountains

 Victoria’s 7 Peaks Ride Challenge is an at-your-own pace cycling challenge. Your challenge for the six months is to take on the toughest road climbs in Australia – which rival some of the famous Tour de France peaks.

WIN a cycling holiday to Europe! You will be awarded one entry for every 7 Peaks climb completed (including multiples of the same climb - sweet!) up to a maximum of 7 entries. If then you completes all 7 Peaks climbs, you'll receive a bonus 10 entries in the prize draw - a nice a bit of incentive! Check out the full terms and conditions of the competitions here.  You can tackle the 7 Peaks (Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buffalo, Mt Buller, Dinner Plain, Falls Creek, Hotham, Lake Mountain) anytime from 27 October 2017 to 29 April 2018.

Validate your climb at the Mt Hotham Resort Management Office, Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm or The General Store (Hotel), Mon-Sat: 10am till late, Sun: 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 24 Hour Stamping Station are located in the Transit Lounge, downstairs in the Resort Management building and at The General Store.


7 Peaks Ride - Registration

Cycling season is really just around the corner and we're putting a few new things in place for our 7 Peaks Challengers to ensure we keep you updated at every corner, each turn, through the flats and up every single hill of the journey that is the Alpine Ascent Challenge.

We plan to send regular update emails, so if you know anyone who would be interested in receiving these, please tell them to sign up on the website.

We're also ramping up the social media activity, so follow us on Twitter (reserved for 'news' of events, road closures, important dates etc and of course), Instagram and we love seeing all your pics tagged #7peakschallenge too.

Click here to register for the challenge and to receive your passport. We've also taken all the paperwork out of it for you. Register for the 7 Peaks App, and you entries will be automatically submitted. Should you have a paper passport, you will still be eligible to enter the old fashioned way - via email or post. Check out the full details over on our important information page.

7 Peaks Ride 27 October 2017 - 29 March 2018


Audax Alpine Classic from Nathan Kaso on Vimeo

Experience the thrill and challenge of riding the Great Alpine Road in a fully supported environment at the Audax Alpine Classic.

This event offers a unique opportunity for road cyclists to challenge themselves on the climbs and descents of the Great Alpine Road, including the renowned Hotham Summit, in a supported environment. You might also tick off your 7Peaks passport page! Among the suite of rides you will find three which include Mt Hotham. All courses start and finish in Bright, but the 250km and 320km distances include the Hotham ascent. The 2 day Raid is the same 250km course ridden over 2 days, allowing you to spend a little more time taking in the Alpine atmosphere. As well as your overnight stay in Omeo, you might enjoy stopping off at Hotham Resort or the beautiful village of Dinner Plain.

Register and find our more HERE. Please note, cycling on the Great Alpine Road can be dangerous due to cattle & logging trucks, caravans, boats etc. using the road. Always keep to the left and be aware what is around you at all times.

Alpine Classic 27-28 January 2018


Mountain biking around Hotham is one of the best ways to see it. There are a lot of trails, 4WD tracks and fire trails that wind through the Alpine flora and forests. The winter cross country ski trails are a great place to start, including the Hotham to Dinner Plain trail. You can pick up a cross country trail map from Mt Hotham Resort Management Board office during office hours. You can hire bikes and helmets from DP Riders for $35 per day. Phone to book: Karl 0439 559 010, Geoff 0409 538 935 or Lindsay 0408 641 065. 


Test your legs above 1560 metres with the Dinner Plain Alpine Funduro, a 3 hour family mountain bike event. A unique accessible enduro focused on fun and participation, race through houses, back onto bush tracks, fire roads and some sneaky single track, weaving in and around the alpine village of Dinner Plain which is nestled amongst the Alpine National Park and sitting 1560m above sea level, so come on get your team together and test your legs!

To find out more, click HERE.

Page update: 20/10/17