Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing

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Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing

Alpine National Park

The Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing is a 37km three-day hike through the Alpine National Park from Falls Creek to Mt Hotham. Enjoy spectacular views of mountain ridges from 2000m above sea level, walk through beautiful Snow Gum woodland and camp near two historic huts.
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Winding its way along alpine ridges through snow gum woodlands and snow grass plains, over rocky summits and past historic huts, this memorable hike rewards walkers with a spectacular view at every step. By night, see thousands of twinkling stars against some of the darkest skies in the world far from light pollution.

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

From Falls Creek the trail starts from the Heathy Spur carpark, on the eastern side of the Rocky Valley dam wall in the Alpine National Park. Heathy Spur carpark is 3km from the Falls Creek Information Centre via road, or walk from the Falls Creek village bowl via the aqueduct track. The trail finishes at the Mt Loch carpark at Mt Hotham.

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.

When to go

Summer is a great time to walk the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing. Wildflowers are in bloom and the temperature at 2000m is a welcome relief from the warmer climate at lower altitudes.

Camping

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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Brocks Road - Road works

    Road works will be occurring on Brocks Road between 7 Mile Camping area and 8 Mile Gap from 2 - 13 December 2019.  There are a number of culverts that will be replaced as part of the Reducing Bush fire Risk program and will be require the road to be shut on Wednesday 4 December and Wednesday 11 December 2019.  Traffic management will be place and signs advising of the road works and closures as well. 

    Brocks Road closure for works

    Brocks Road will be closed between Howqua Track and 8 Mile Gap from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday 4 December and Wednesday 11 December for works.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Kelly Lane reopening following seasonal closure

    Kelly Lane will reopen effective Thursday 21st November following an assessment of track condition. The bridge accessing the track from Thomastown (across Shaw Creek) is temporarily closed in the interest of public safety. Access to all Kelly Lane visitor sites can still be obtained from the Howitt Road entrance, or via Scrubby Hill track (4WD only). Thomastown Camping Area remains open.

  • Alpine National Park

    Shannonvale and Kelly's Track Area, Bogong High Plains

    Tracks Closed in the Shannonvale area, due to fire:

    • Track 107 (east of Kelly's Hut to the Big River)
    • Kelly's Track (from the Langfords East Aqueduct intersection east to Fitzgeralds Rd)
    • Lanes Track

    Attachments: Maps of Closed areas_Shannonvale_5Dec2019 (1,457KB)

    Mt Bogong Access

    Mt Bogong Access (as of 5 December to 13 December)
    Open:
    Staircase Spur Walking Track
    Quartz Ridge Walking Track
    Duane Spur Walking Track
    T-Spur Walking Track
    Michell Hut
    Cleve Cole Hut


    Closed:
    Eskdale Spur Walking Track (from Camp Gap to Michell Hut)
    Granite Flat Walking Track
    Mountain Creek Road (from Staircase Spur Walking Track to Camp Gap)
    Long Spur Walking Track - AAWT (from Bossaea Hill east to Mt Wills)

    Attachments: Maps of closed and open areas - Mt Bogong - 5 Dec 2019 (1,589KB)

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