The trail is divided over three legs as follows:
Day 1: Falls Creek to Cope Hut, 14km
Day 2: Cope Hut to Dibbins Hut, 14km
Day 3: Dibbins Hut to Mt Hotham, 9km
Day 1 highlights include lookouts at Heathy Spur, historic Wallace Hut and Cope Hut - and swathes of pink, gold and white wildflowers in spring and summer. On Day 2, there are stunning panoramas from Pole 333 and unforgettable views of Mount Feathertop, Victoria's second-highest mountain. Day 3 highlights include abandoned Quintet Mine, charming Derricks Hut - and of course a well-deserved coffee and cake at Mt Hotham!
How to get there
Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing
Falls to Hotham is a point-to-point walk, so you’ll need transport to the start and a way to get home at the end. The drive between trailheads takes approximately two-and-a-half hours.
Using two vehicles in a car shuffle is a popular option. Drive in convoy to the end of the walk, drop off one vehicle, then return to the start of the walk in the other vehicle. Vehicles can be left at the Heathy Spur or Mt Loch car parks at either end.
Alternatively, you could use the shuttle bus. Falls Creek will provide a bus service for hikers during the peak summer period. Contact the resort for details and to make a booking. Phone (03) 5758 1202. Website fallscreek.com.au
If you’re staying at Falls Creek, Mt Hotham or Dinner Plain before your walk, some accommodation providers can offer transport or assist with a car shuffle.
One of Victoria's icon walks, the 37km Falls-Hotham Alpine Crossing is a 3 day / 2 night walk through the Alpine National Park, linking the resort villages of Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.
Winding its way along alpine ridges through snow gum woodlands and snow grass plains, over rocky summits and past historic huts, this 3 day hike offers an achievable and rewarding hiking challenge with spectacular views every step of the way.
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Need to know
Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Alpine National Park
Track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)The following tracks in the Alpine NP (Omeo Management Area) are currently closed to all vehicles while condition assessments and repairs are being undertaken:Ingeegoodbee TrackCobberas TrackMacFarlanes Flat Track
Little Cobbler Track closed until further noticeLittle Cobbler Track in Alpine National Park is closed until further notice due to bridge safety concerns.
Areas of Alpine National Park closed due to 2019/2020 firesSome tracks and areas in the Alpine National Park remain closed due to fire damage during the 2019/2020 bushfires. Please check the Fire affected parks page for a full list of closures.
Aerial shooting operation underway
Parts of the Alpine National Park (see attached maps) will be closed from Monday 1 March to Friday 5 March 2021.
This is to ensure safe implementation of an aerial shooting program targeting deer and feral pigs, to protect native species impacted by bushfires.
The Dinner Plain/ Dargo High Plains area will only be closed from 1 to 4 March 2021, re-opening 5 March 2021.
Attachments: Alpine-National-Park-access-maps (1,130KB)
Deer control (ground shooting) - Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains and surrounds)Parks Victoria will be continuing its deer control program on and around the Bogong High Plains from early-December 2020 to May 2021.The program will be carried out under strict conditions designed to ensure safe, effective, and humane practices are implemented. A suitably qualified and experienced contractor has been engaged to deliver the work.All personnel involved will be working under the supervision of Parks Victoria staff. They will be readily identifiable and will act in accordance with all legal requirements to ensure the safe use of firearms.All activities will comply with the requirements set out by the Department of Health and Human Services regarding hygiene and physical distancing to limit the spread of the coronavirus.If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.
Attachments: Deer Control Area - ANP Bogong High Plains and surrounds (419KB)
Howitt Road conditionsHowitt Road is currently recommended for All wheel Drive and Four Wheel Drive vehicles with sufficient clearance. Vehicles travelling on Howitt Road road require attention to variations of the surface along the length of road between Arbuckle Junction and Howitt Car park.
1st Beach (Marlo Coastal Reserve)
Temporary track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)These tracks are expected to remain closed for an extended period during 2021 while complex assessments are undertaken and options for repairs are evaluated. These tracks will remain closed for the summer and autumn/winter period of 2021. Parks Victoria will notify key stakeholders and update this information when the tracks are reopened.
Bungalow Spur Walk (Alpine National Park)
Carparking at Bungalow Spur Walking is now located at Tronah ReserveBUNGALOW SPUR CARPARK | Council has been working with the community, the Tronoh Reserve Committee of Management and Parks Victoria to facilitate suitable, safe parking for visitors to the popular Bungalow Spur Walking Track up Mount Feathertop.This week new signage will be visible to those visiting the walking track:- A series of permanent signs will designate the area immediately opposite the existing trailhead on Feathertop Track as a drop off zone only, designed for motorists to drop off and collect walkers and their equipment.
- A temporary Variable Message Sign will be installed to direct motorists to a new carparking area in the Tronoh Reserve and limit vehicular traffic on Feathertop Track.The scope of the Alpine Better Places Harrietville Detailed Concept Design project includes carparking and trailhead facilities in the Tronoh Reserve, and interested members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft concept designs during the next community consultation planned in early 2021.For further information, please contact Council on 5755 0555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.