• Length: 37km

  • Duration: 3 days

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Falls Creek Information Centre

  • End: Mount Loch carpark at Mount Hotham

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Falls Creek

  • Distance from CBD: 388km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.87265807

  • Longitude: 147.296407

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Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing is a 37km, grade 4 one way hike located in the Alpine National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3 days to complete.

Hike Summary

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 Mount Hotham. Enjoy spectacular views of mountain ridges from 2000m above sea level, walk through beautiful Snow Gum woodland and camp near two historic huts.

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 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 Mount Hotham.

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 Mount Hotham, 9km


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

Cope Hut Camping Area, among the Snow Gums on the Bogong High Plains, is 14km from the trailhead and usually the first night's campsite.
GPS Coordinates: -36.9054927,147.2893636

Dibbins Hut Camping Area, on a snow plain near the headwaters of the Cobungra River, is 9km from Mount Hotham.
GPS Coordinates: -36.9482505,147.1822681

Each campsite has five sites on tent platforms. There are 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.

Bookings are required to so be sure to check availability and make a booking prior to your trip.

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.

The Falls to Hotham Crossing is not recommended between June and October. The route is likely to be under snow and should only be attempted by experienced hikers.

If you tackle the Falls to Hotham Crossing in spring, you can expect to see swathes of wildflowers. Enjoy!

More information

For more information, visit Park Victoria or download the Falls to Hotham brochure.

About the region

The Alpine National Park is a national park located in the Central Highlands and Alpine regions of Victoria, Australia. The 646,000-hectare national park is located northeast of Melbourne. It is the largest National Park in Victoria, and covers much of the higher areas of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria, including Victoria's highest point, Mount Bogong at 1,986 metres and the associated subalpine woodland and grassland of the Bogong High Plains. The park's north-eastern boundary is along the border with New South Wales, where it abuts the Kosciuszko National Park.

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 Mount Loch carpark at Mount Hotham.

Falls Creek to Hotham Shuttle Bus
Every Saturday in December and January Falls Creek operates a shuttle bus to take hikers to the start of the trail at Mount Hotham to hike back toward Falls. Complete the 25km single day route (Trail notes available) or pack gear to complete the 37km route over 2 or 3 days. Shuttles leave Falls Creek at 7am and are one way only.

Email [email protected] to book shuttles or visit Parks Victoria to book camping platforms at Cope Hut & Dibbins Hut sites.

GPX File

Total distance: 38567 m
Max elevation: 1832 m
Min elevation: 1351 m
Total climbing: 1403 m
Total descent: -1191 m
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24 thoughts on “Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing (37km)

  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.

    1. Hey Laura – we have the same issue. Shuttle transfer only operates in peak summer. There is a taxi service for $300 (will take 6 people). Otherwise u have to take two cars. Cheers

  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.

  3. Has anyone done this or has any views on doing this hike Falls to Dibbins Hut (2 nights) and then turn around on day 3 and return to Falls in a day (Light-ish pack)? Avoiding transfer logistics 🙂 Cheers

    1. Hi Larissa,
      We are doing falls to hotham next month but we are contemplating hiking to dibbins hut and back next day to falls. We are only doing one night so will park at cope hut and walk from there. You could maybe park at Langford Gap carpark which will save a bit of walking on the return.

  4. Did this a couple of weeks ago as a return from/to Falls, skipping the last bit between Dibbins and Hotham which I find the least beautiful bit anyway. Followed the official map from Falls to Cope (first night), then from pole 333 to Weston, Blair and then to Dibbins (2nd night), then Dibbins back to pole 333 and the shortcut to Falls creek. You can either make a straight line to Pretty Valley Pondage and then Falls or from 333 to Tawomba huts and then Falls (which is the official shortcut the Falls Creek Visitor Center had recommended – they also have a map showing this, they were really helpful). That was a stunning way to go because you don’t really backtrack anywhere and on the way to Weston Hut (great place to camp, probably the cutest hut I’ve seen) you get amazing views of Feathertop. The track to Blair from Weston requires lots of fallen-tree-climbing, do make the small detour to Blair’s hut, it’s such a beautiful place next to the stream, perfect for a cuppa. Bit of a slog uphill from Blair to Dibbins.

  5. Hi Larisaa,
    What are the approximate times it took you to walk between Cope Hut and Dibbins via Weston and Blair? Also from Dibbins back to Falls via Tawomba huts?

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