• Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing. Image: Parks Vic
    Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing. Image: Parks Vic

The walk of the the week is the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing, a 37km/3 day hike through the Alpine National Park from Falls Creek to Mt Hotham.

With the Vic border reopened and summer here, enjoy spectacular views of Alpine NP's 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 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

How to get 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 aqueduct track. The trail finishes at the Mt Loch carpark at Mt Hotham.

Falls to Hotham is a point-to-point walk, so you’ll need transport to the start and a way to get home at the end. The drive between trailheads takes approximately two-and-a-half hours.

Using two vehicles in a car shuffle is a popular option. Drive in convoy to the end of the walk, drop off one vehicle, then return to the start of the walk in the other vehicle. Vehicles can be left at the Heathy Spur or Mt Loch car parks at either end.

Alternatively, you could use the shuttle bus. Falls Creek will provide a bus service for hikers during the peak summer period. Contact the resort for details and to make a booking. Phone (03) 5758 1202. Website fallscreek.com.au

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