Hotham to Dinner Plain
  • Length: 22.5km

  • Duration: 8hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Hotham General Store

  • End: Hotham General Store

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Mount Hotham

  • Distance from CBD: 378km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.994266

  • Longitude: 147.150417

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Hotham to Dinner Plain Trail is a 22.5km, grade 3 return hike, located in Alpine National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 8hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This multi-purpose trail meanders through Snow Gum woodland and open snow plains, making it a very pleasant walk or cycle. Starting at either the Hotham General Store or Dinner Plain Village the trail is never far from the Great Alpine Road through the Alpine National Park. Linking Dinner Plain to Hotham resort, the trail features panoramic views of the High Country. There are numerous areas to rest and picnic along the way. Starting from Dinner Plain Hut, follow Fitzy's Cirque west to the trail head at the boundary of the Alpine National Park. Return by the same route. A side walk - 2km return - to Paw Paw Plain is a must for the fine views of the remote Dargo River Valley and Mount Tabletop.

The trail provides an 1.8km easy walk to JB Hut, a cattlemen's post with remnants of yards built in the 19th century for catching wild horses. JB Plain was named after Jim Brown, who in the 1850s, brought cattle into the alpine region with partner, Jack Wells. The present JB Hut was a forestry hut from the Swifts Creek forestry region and most likely came from a bush sawmill. It was moved to JB Plain in a joint effort between Cobungra Station and the Bairnsdale Scout Group in the 1970s. It was used as an outstation by Cobungra Station during mustering season well into the 1980s.

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

Route 1. Take the Hume Hwy to Wangaratta then the Great Alpine Road direct to Hotham, or the Snow Road via Milawa & Oxley to Myrtleford, Bright, Harrietville & Hotham. Travel time around 4.25 hours with a distance of 380km..

Route 2. Take the Monash Freeway (which turns into the Princes Hwy) to Bairnsdale, then Omeo, then the Great Alpine Road to Hotham past the Hotham Airport and Dinner Plain. Travel time around 5.5 hours with a distance of 460km.

GPX File

Total distance: 11188 m
Max elevation: 1716 m
Min elevation: 1584 m
Total climbing: 236 m
Total descent: -368 m
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