Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing, High Country, Victoria, Australia

Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing

Web: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/alpine-national-park/things-to-do/falls-to-hotham-alpine-crossing

Be challenged and rewarded over three inspiring days and two starry nights on this 37-kilometre trek across the Victorian Alps from Falls Creek to Mount Hotham.

Walk over high alpine ridgelines and plains, down through riverside valleys to wetlands brimming with life, and sleep out under the blinking stars. Explore rugged peaks and Dreamtime legends, never-ending skies, pioneer history and ever-changing landscapes.

Day 1: Falls Creek to Cope Hut (14 kilometres)
Start at the Heathy Spur car park, three kilometres from the Falls Creek Information Centre, and trek up to Heathy Spur and the Big River Fire Trail. Climb past Marums Point, then follow the track along the Langford East Aquaduct with views of Shannonvale and across to Mt Wills. Meet the Wallace Heritage Trail to see heritage-listed Wallace Hut before pitching your tent for the night at Cope Hut.

Day 2: Cope Hut to Dibbins Hut (14 kilometres)
Walk through grassy alpine meadows, skirting the base of Mt Cope to Cope Saddle Hut and the Cope East Aqueduct. Continue across the High Plains to reach Pole 333 – the junction of four walking tracks. Journey south and behold awe-inspiring views of Mt Feathertop (1922m). Steady yourself for the steep descent through Cobungra Gap, before taking the short walk down to Dibbins Hut to claim your camping platform.

Day 3: Dibbins Hut to Hotham (9 kilometres)
Test your mettle with a steep climb up Swindlers Spur, take in stunning views of Mt Feathertop, across the Bogong High Plains and Basalt Temple, and pass the abandoned Quintet Mine site. Surge ahead to the top of Swindlers Spur, passing charming weatherboard Derrick's Hut, and enjoy an even ramble past Mt Loch to the finish line at Mt Loch car park.

Camping platforms
Try out the newly constructed camping platforms at Cope Hut and at Dibbins Hut. With five platforms and toilet facilities located at each of the campgrounds, there's no better way to protect yourself from the weather, simplify your setup and preserve the park's native vegetation. Book ahead at parkstay.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963.

Distance: 37km
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Grade: Moderate
Start: Heathy Spur car park (Falls Creek)
Finish: Mt Loch car park (Mount Hotham)
Nearby: Falls Creek, Dinner Plain, Mount Hotham
Please note: Moderate fitness is required. Certain sections of the trail require stamina; there are plenty of easy walks in between.

Content: Tourism Victoria

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