• Length: 38.5km

  • Duration: 3 days

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Falls Creek Information Centre

  • End: Mt Loch carpark at Mt Hotham

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Falls Creek

  • Distance from CBD: 388km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.8726580658

  • Longitude: 147.2964069596

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Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing is a 38.5km, grade 4 One Way hike located in Alpine National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3 days to complete.


One of Victoria’s icon hikes, the 37km Falls to 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.

The Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing is a point to point walk, accessible for hiking from November to April. The track can be walked in either direction but is best when starting from Falls Creek and walking towards Mt Hotham.

There are two campsites on the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing,

Cope Hut campsite, amongst the Snow Gums on the Bogong High Plains, is 14km from the trailhead and usually the first night’s campsite.

Dibbins Hut campsite, on a snow plain near the headwaters of the Cobungra River, is 9km from Mount Hotham.

Each campsite has five sites with a tent platform for each site: four 3m x 3.7m platforms and one larger platform that is 4.5m x 3m. The platforms are designed to fit a 2-3 person hiking tent.

The tent platforms are designed for you to pitch your tent directly on the platform. Each platform has eyelets around the edge to hook tent peg loops or guy ropes over. As well as these there are movable pegs that slot into the mesh, allowing tents of all shapes to be set up.

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Each campsite has 5 sites with a tent platform for each site. Platforms are designed to fit a 2-3 person hiking tent.

Getting there

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 aquaduct track. The trail finishes at the Mt Loch carpark at Mt Hotham.


Total distance: 38567 m
Max elevation: 1832 m
Min elevation: 1351 m
Total climbing: 1403 m
Total descent: -1191 m
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15 thoughts on “Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing (38.5km)

  1. The first day is about 4km further than indicated but easy walking. Camping platforms must be booked and currently cost around $32 each night but you can camp 100m away for nothing if you do not mind the ground. There are also many good side tracks for this walk including Mt. Cope (Jack), Ryders hut (Campbell Yards) and Tawonga Huts. The last two are nice camping spots as well. ParksVic is planning a new alignment of this walk to include Weston’s hut, Diamantina spur and Mt. Feathertop. Along the route they are planning to build premium serviced accommodation which will be privately run. Significant track upgrades and new tracks will be constructed at great expense. Permits for the walk are also considered. The target market are soft walkers who wish to be guided and have lots of money but all will have to pay in the future for even basic camping. You can view and comment on the draft plan until the end of Jan 2017. You can find it at this link. http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/alpine-national-park/plans-and-projects/falls-to-hotham-alpine-crossing-master-plan.

  2. Forest Air Helicopters operate a transfer service from either Falls to Hotham or Hotham to Falls. So you can leave your car at one end or the other. The helicopter ride is about 8 minutes.

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