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.

  • Alpine National Park

    Areas of Alpine National Park closed due to 2019/2020 fires

    Some 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. 

    JP Gap Track Closed

    JP Gap Track within Alpine National Park is currently closed.

    Kelly's Road Closed

    Kelly's Road (near Benambra) within the Alpine National Park, has a closed section. The closed section of road is north of 8 Mile Creek and south of 8 Mile Loop Track.

    Blue Rag Range gate access via south Basalt only

    Due to the extended seasonal closure of the Dargo High Plains Road managed by the Alpine Shire, the only access to Blue Rag Range track is via South  Basalt track. For further information about the  Dargo High Plains Road please speak to the Alpine Shire  (https://www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au/council/contact-usPhone: 03 5755 0555Email: info@alpineshire.vic.gov.au)

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Extended seasonal road closures 2020

    Some roads in this park are subject to extended seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. View the list of 2020 seasonal road closures for details and check the corresponding map numbers with the seasonal road closure 2020 index map for locations of the extended closures and visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Tali Karng partial closure

    Access is only open to Tali Karng (the Lake) via the Wellington River Walking Track and then via the Clive Lannigan Walking Track. Recommended camping areas are at the intersection of the Wellington River Walking Track and Riggals Spur Track. Please note that camping is not permitted at Tali Karng (the Lake).
     
    Currently there is no access to Tali Karng from the north including from McFarlanes Saddle.
    The following walking  tracks and routes are currently closed: Wellington Plains Walking Track, Riggals Spur Track, Gillios Track and Echo Point Track.

    Please contact the Heyfield Ranger team on 13 1963 for further information.

    Attachments: novtrackclosures (203KB)

    Tali Karng partial closure

    Access is only open to Tali Karng (the Lake) via the Wellington River Walking Track and then via the Clive Lannigan Walking Track. Recommended camping areas are at the intersection of the Wellington River Walking Track and Riggals Spur Track. Please note that camping is not permitted at Tali Karng (the Lake).
     
    Currently there is no access to Tali Karng from the north including from McFarlanes Saddle.
    The following walking  tracks and routes are currently closed: Wellington Plains Walking Track, Riggals Spur Track, Gillios Track and Echo Point Track.

    Please contact the Heyfield Ranger team on 13 1963 for further information.

    Attachments: novtrackclosures (203KB)

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