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Cobungra Ditch is a 22.6km, grade 3-4 circuit hike, located in Alpine National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 8hrs to complete.
One of the few interpreted historic walking tracks in the area, the Cobungra Ditch follows the course of an abandoned water race which supplied water for the hydraulic sluicing operations at the Brandy Creek mines. The ditch was cut by the Cobungra Gold Mining Company in 1884 at the cost of £11,000, and employed upwards of 120 men in its construction. Today interpretation signs along the course of the Ditch describe the history of the water race and its construction. The feature is retained for much of it length by ancient looking dry-stone walls and passes through snow gum and mountain ash forests.
If walking back to Mt Hotham (the 18km option), it is a 5.5km walk along the Hotham – Dinner Plain Trail which parallels the Great Alpine Road. This is an undulating but generally uphill climb back to Mt Hotham.
Getting to Mt Hotham
Follow the Hume Freeway north past Benalla, turning off onto the B500 exit to ‘Beechworth/Bright’. Follow signs to Bright and continue through Bright To Harrietville and eventually Mt Hotham on the Great Alpine Road.
Follow the M1/CityLink/Monash Freeway east towards Gippsland and continue on this road to Bairnsdale. In Bairnsdale follow signs to Omeo or Great Alpine Road which will take you north to Mt Hotham.
Getting to start of walk from Mt Hotham village
Walk or drive to the Davenport Access Track. This is at the Dinner Plain end of Mt Hotham opposite the Tanderra Ski Club Lodge and is well signposted. There is space for a number of vehicles to park here.
Max elevation: 1716 m
Min elevation: 1516 m
Total climbing: 894 m
Total descent: -902 m