FALLS TO HOTHAM CROSSING

 

What to expect:

Immersing oneself in nature is at the centre of all of Alpine Nature Experience’s offerings. The Falls to Hotham hike is no exception, but it does take a different approach to the way you hike: no need to carry large packs or a tent – it is done for you; so is dinner and the campsite set-up, but with a twist: the tents are hoisted between trees!

Alpine Nature Experience’s all-inclusive two to three days self-guided (or with an experienced guide) curated hike from Falls Creek to Mount Hotham is designed to maximise comfort while still being an active weekend getaway.

This iconic hike has been designed with exclusivity in mind. Very limited weekends are available and group numbers are capped at 8 people to ensure a personalised and unforgettable experience. Head to the booking page to see available dates.
Add-on options are available for a fully- catered experience, such as return transport from Melbourne, or an accompanying local walking guide.

Fitness level

Whether you opted for self-guided or guided hike, we can adapt the route to your fitness level. Regardless, a reasonable walking fitness level is essential to ensure that you enjoy the hike. You need to be prepared to walk for several hours for two days in a row on uneven terrain.

The Falls to Hotham crossing is often referred to as a GRADE 3-4 – MODERATE TO CHALLENGING Walk.
Distances are longer, up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

Itinerary details
Included in your adventure:

The offering includes: a night eco-glamping in tree top tents at Blair’s Hut Campground, locally-sourced meals and snacks, pre and post hike accommodation in luxury accommodation, and transport to the hike starting points. Your belongings are transported for you between sites, leaving you to enjoy the high country with just a light day pack.

Custom package:

Dream it and we will make it happen. 
We can tailor the hike to your requirements and offer a range of options to suit your needs. For example, if you only want to do the hike and the night as Blair’s hut but skip the accommodation at Falls or Hotham. 

Facilities:

Our camp at Blair’s hut is set up to be unique with one motto: Simplicity is a luxury.
There you will get to experience nature from above, levitating off the ground while watching the stars with your partner or a friend in our unique Tree Top Tent.
Most food is cooked on the fires with a focus on local fresh organic produce.
We also have limited power to recharge your phone, hot camp shower, a selection of soft drinks and local beers wines and spirits.

Limited Power

Fully equipped unique tree top tent

Hot camp shower

Fully Licensed (No BYO)

Fantastic food cooked on the fire!

Dry Toilets

Warm Drinks

All inclusive offer

Luggage transfer

Fully sustainable and eco-friendly

Rates & details :

From $1490 per person for the full experience, including:

  • 2 nights in 3-star hotels at Falls Creek and Mount Hotham
  • 1 night glamping in tree-top tents along the West-Kiewa river
  • 3 breakfasts & dinners
  • 2 walkers lunches
  • Essential gear & maps
  • Luggage transport
  • Optional Guide

Tailored itinerary from 12 to 23km/day

Option without the accommodation at Falls or Hotham but including transfer from Hotham: From $1280 – Ask us for details.

To limit our impact on the fragile Alpine environment, we operate a very limited number of hikes a year with numbers capped at 10 people.
Please see our booking page for dates and availability.

 

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Extend your stay :

Add a night in our partner’s luxurious accommodation at Falls or Hotham and enjoy our privileged rates (see booking page)

There are a range of activities available during the day to fill you stay including short walks, day hikes, bike riding, gourmet BBQ etc. Or simply relax and enjoy the fresh pure Alpine air for a few more days.

Ask us how we can help organise the perfect stay for you. 

For the latest events list and available activities, have a look on the Mount Hotham, Dinner plain and Falls Creek websites: 

Mount Hotham
DINNER PLAIN
Falls Creek

“Jean-Francois and his team have created a magical little place on the high plains, and you really feel like you’re a million miles away from anything. Wonderful food and hospitality, could not recommend this highly enough if you want a unique and memorable experience “

     

Stephanie Bateman – Facebook review

 

Hike Itinerary

We have prepared the perfect itinerary for you, with two options for the second day. That said, we can tailor the route to your group depending on fitness level and weather. Talk to us on arrival or prior to the trip to have a look at different options.

Day 1 – High plains wander  

Wallace Hut to Blair’s Hut
Distance 17,07 km Elevation Gain 282 m Difficulty: Moderate

Gather the troops and strap on your walking boots at Wallace’s Hut Heritage Trail carpark, 10km from Diana Alpine Lodge. 500m down the track, the heritage- listed Wallace Hut awaits. Built in 1889 it is the oldest cattlemen’s hut in the region. Continue onto the Aqueduct Trail past Rover Chalet to arrive at Cope Hut, a ski refuge built in 1929. An idyllic picnic spot.

Get the body back in action after lunch with an easy walk through grassy alpine meadows for 4km on the iconic Australian Alps Walking Track.  Enjoy the view as you skirt the base of Mt Cope to Cope Saddle Hut and the Cope East Aqueduct, with its sea of summer wildflowers.

Get swept up in the open space and limitless sky as you continue across the High Plains, traversing alpine wetlands teeming with flora and wildlife to reach Pole 333 – the junction of four walking tracks.

Leave the Australian Alps Walking Track for now and start the steep descent in the West Kiewa Valley towards Weston’s hut.
Journey west and, as you leave the Bogong High Plains, behold awe-inspiring views of Mt Feathertop (1922m). In less than 24hours you may very well be standing at the top of this iconic peak. With a bit of luck this is also a good place to spot wild brumbies on the nearby spurs.

Steady yourself for the steep descent to Weston’s Hut, amid stands of snow gums and lush green meadows. Past the hut, as the vegetation changes, you may be able to hear the white noise of the West Kiewa meandering through Blair’s hut campsite, where a warm welcome, refreshments and gustative delights have been prepared by the Alpine Nature Experience team.

Day 2 – Option A: Goldmines and possum magic

Blair’s Hut to Orchards and Mt Loch :
Distance 12,17 km Elevation Gain 934 m Difficulty: Moderate 

A short distance upstream from camp, get an insight into the area’s goldmining past at the Red Robin Gold battery site dating back to the 1960’s.
The gentle incline of Dungey track will take you to Cobungra gap where you’ll join the Australian Alps Walking track and pass the picturesque Dibbins Hut campsite, a stunning spot for lunch.

Warm up those calf muscles with a steep climb up Swindlers Spur for 1km, and then switch gears for an easier pace. Delight in all you’ve achieved as you take in the stunning views of Mt Feathertop, across the Bogong High Plains and Basalt Temple.

Keep an eye out on the rocky slopes of Mt Loch for the endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum, the world’s only exclusively-alpine marsupial.

Surge ahead to the top of Swindlers Spur, passing charming weatherboard Derrick’s Hut and feel elation kick in as you near the end of your epic journey.
Enjoy an even ramble past Mt Loch while you reflect on your experience, noticing the signs of civilization emerging – here a ski lift, there a band of day hikers – as you approach the finish line at Mt Loch car park.

Day 2 – Option B: Spurring upward

Blair’s Hut to Diamantina Hut via Feathertop
Distance 21,28 km Elevation Gain 1 418 m Difficulty: Very Hard

This isn’t a day for the faint hearted! Only a few minutes from the campsite, lies your first challenge: take off your boots and freshen up while crossing the West Kiewa stream to link back with the logging trail.
After a short warm up, leave the fire trail and start the very steep ascent along the Dimantina spur. There are plenty of spots along the way to admire your progress and get a bird’s eye view of the valley below. Turn around and appreciate the extent of your journey from the Bogong High plains with your target, the majestic Mount Feathertop, in sight on the left. As the trail flattens, there is a lovely campsite amongst the snow gums. A great place for morning tea before joining the iconic and exposed Razorback ridge.

Catch your breath as you get on the Razorback Ridge, arguably one of the most dramatic hiking routes in Australia! Here the weather can snap in an instant, take it as it comes as the Razorback ridge and Feathertop are the masters here. Enjoy a lovely lunch in the sheltered surrounding of Federation Hut and gather your force before attempting the steep ascent of Feathertop summit.  As you reach to top of Victoria’s second highest mountain (1922m) admire a breathtaking 360° panorama of the high country, including Mount Buller, Mt Buffalo, Mt Bogong, Bright, the Kiewa valley, Falls creek and Mt Hotham. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in NSW!

Spend the rest of the afternoon ambling along the undulating terrain on Razorback Ridge, where the Diamantina Hut will appear in the distance like an oasis! Reflect on your experience as you start to notice the signs of civilization: a ski lift here, a main road there, on your approach to the finish line at Diamantina Hut, just across the Great Alpine Road.

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