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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. 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 Mt 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 Mt 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!
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.
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.
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 Mt 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.
Max elevation: 1832 m
Min elevation: 1351 m
Total climbing: 1403 m
Total descent: -1191 m