Find wildflowers, vibrant red sunsets, and peaks that take your breath away on this 18km hike through Victoria’s Alpine National Park.

 

We acknowledge that this adventure is located on the traditional Country of the Gunaikurnai and Taungurung people who have occupied and cared for the lands, waters, and their inhabitants for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them as the Traditional Custodians and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.

Quick Overview

The Grade 4 Hotham Huts Walk circuit connects multiple summer walking trails in the Victorian High Country, including the Australian Alps Walking Track, the Cobungra Ditch Walking Track, and the Davenport Access Track. Each section has a slightly different feel, lending variety to the trail that passes by multiple huts. 

The walk can be treated either as an 18km circuit hike, incorporating a 3km stretch of road through Hotham Village, or as a slightly shorter 15km one-way end-to-end trip from car park to car park.

 

Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Wildflower season is the vibe

Mt Hotham Huts Walk Facts

Distance: 18km circuit (including detours to Silver Brumby Hut and Derrick Hut)
Duration: 7 to 8 hours (hiking time)
Elevation gain: 966m
Nearest Town: Mt Hotham Village

About Mt Hotham Huts Walk

The Hotham Huts Walk in Victoria has everything a hiker could want in a summer walking trail. Elevation to keep you cool, views for miles, weather that keeps you on your toes, brightly coloured wildflowers that change every month… It has so much variety that you could visit the trail five times and always have a unique experience.  

It’s most commonly walked in a clockwise direction as this means that you go down – rather than up – the 1.4km of very steep, very constant incline at Golden Point Spur. It doesn’t mean you can’t go the other way, but most people head in the path of least resistance. 

 

Huts Walk Marker

You’ll follow these cute signs all day

 

One-way: 15km

Start at Loch Car Park and finish where the Davenport Access Track meets the B500, (or vice versa). 

Circuit: 18km

Park your car at the Davenport car park or outside the General Store (check with the staff first). Either walk along the B500 (quite boring) or take our scenic route and head up the Mt Higginbotham Track, which runs parallel to the B500, for gorgeous views over the opposite side of Hotham Village to the Huts Walk. 

Follow this path up and over the mountain for about 30 minutes to reach the Hotham Village Tourist Information Centre located in Corral Car Park. 

After passing this, head up the Mt Hotham Summit Walk past Baldy Mine and make a right. Follow the signs for the Australian Alps Walking Track and you’ll end up in Loch Car Park at the Huts Walk trailhead. 

Day Hike Or Overnight?

With an average duration of seven hours, the Huts walk is mostly done as a day hike, but we chose to take our time and did it overnight, camping at Derrick Hut. 

Read more: Remember to Leave No Trace

Mt Hotham Huts Walk History

People have been visiting Victoria’s Alpine National Park for thousands of years. Originally frequented by the Traditional Owners, the Gunaikurnai and Taungurung people, the land was eventually explored by Europeans in the mid-1830s. 

Gold was discovered in the Hotham region in the 1850s and people began to visit the area for winter skiing in the 1880s and 90s. In the 1920s, the Hotham Heights Chalet was built, which was the beginning of establishing the area as a skiing destination.

 

Purple flower Mach Spur Track, Mt Hotham

Purple flowers on the Machinery Spur Track

 

Nowadays the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort and surrounding Alpine National Park are used throughout the entire year. When the ski runs aren’t active, the hiking trails are. The Huts Walk spans multiple summer walking trails in the Victorian High Country, including the Australian Alps Walking Track, the Cobungra Ditch Walking Track, and the Davenport Access Track. 

While you can technically visit four huts on the Huts Walk (the Joyce Brockhoff Hut is a bonus!), it was constructed to connect three historically significant huts. These include Derrick Hut (built in 1967 in memory of deceased alpine skier Charles Derrick), Spargo’s Hut (built for gold mining in 1927-8), and the Silver Brumby Hut (built in 2006 as a replica of the 1992 original that was constructed for the Silver Brumby movie). 

 

Silver Brumby Hut Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Silver Brumby Hut doing its best to win the most aesthetic hut sweepstakes

How To Get to Mt Hotham Huts Walk

From Melbourne CBD (via Gippsland) – 5 hours and 40 minutes

Jump on the M1/Monash Freeway and head towards Gippsland. At Bairnsdale, the A1 becomes the B500/Great Alpine Road. Continue following it towards Bruthen where it branches off to the left towards Mt Hotham. After 459km, you’ll arrive in Mt Hotham Village. 

If you want to break up the drive, consider stopping in Sale for lunch. The Port of Sale is a great precinct with restaurants, a library, a skate park, free Wifi, and plenty of parking.

Top Tip: Don’t forget to stop off at the Kosciuszko Lookout a few kilometres below the Hotham Alpine Resort for a view of the tallest mountain in Australia. 

Read more: Hiking the 10 Highest Peaks in Australia 

From Melbourne CBD (via Bright) – 4 hours and 30 minutes

Take the M2/Citylink and head north along the M31/Hume Freeway towards Benalla. Follow signs towards Bright and Harrietville. After approximately 376km you’ll arrive in Mt Hotham Village.

A good place to stop for a bite to eat on the way is Main Street Café Benalla. Stretch the legs in the Benalla Botanical Gardens and continue your drive thoroughly refreshed. 

Getting to the start of the walk from Mount Hotham village

The Hotham Huts Walk starts at the Loch Car Park and ends at the Davenport Access Track, opposite the Tanderra Ski Lodge on the Great Alpine Road. Parking is readily available at both ends.

I recommend parking in the large Corral Car Park or opposite the police station near The General. This means you’ll be right next to the general store, pub, and toilets at either end of the walk for ultimate convenience.

 

The General Hotel

Where to Stay At Mt Hotham

Mt Hotham Village

If you’re keen to tackle the Hotham Huts Walk in one day, you’ll want a comfy place to rest your head (legs, back, feet…) afterward. There are plenty of accommodation providers in Hotham Village and they’re perfectly located so that your weary body doesn’t have to travel any further than necessary after eight hours on the trail.

Asgaard Alpine Club Lodge

The Asgaard Alpine Club Lodge offers budget-friendly accommodation less than 200m from The General Store. At only $60 per head, per night, it’s a colossal bargain.

I always thought accommodation in the Alpine National Park would be prohibitively expensive, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I can’t be the only one just finding out about this, right?

Since making this discovery I’ve been hurriedly planning weekend trips and figuring out what other day walks I can do in a weekend trip. Want to do the same? Check out the Hotham Trails Map and the full list of summer accommodation options at Mt Hotham.

Eco-Glamping Alpine Nature Experience

Next time I head to Mt Hotham, you’ll probably find me snuggled up in a tent hanging suspended between two trees. Yep, tent camping above the ground. I initially considered the Eco-Glamping Alpine Nature Experience for the pure novelty of it, but a cooked breakfast, comfy mattress, and promised stellar views are all pretty convincing.

At $189 for an overnight hover at Hotham, it sounds like a great way to treat yourself while still being connected to nature.

Hotham Huts Walk

The most logical stopping point to pitch your tent on the Hotham Huts Walk is at Derrick Hut. It took us about three hours to get there from the Loch Car Park.

 

Mt Hotham Huts Walk Overnight Camp

Turn the Hotham Huts Walk into an overnighter!

 

Derrick Hut is located in a gorgeous floral meadow, which in summer is peppered with yellow Victorian Buttercups. As it’s located on the side of a mountain there isn’t a perfect flat spot to be found for your tent so you will be sleeping on an angle. This is a small compromise to make for the panoramic views, pastel skies, and fiery sunrise you’ll enjoy if you choose to stay overnight.

If you want to walk a bit further before calling it a night you could even push on past Derrick Hut and stay by Dibbins Hut. It’s located on beautiful flats by the river and I’ve heard it’s bliss.

Note: You cannot sleep in the huts – they’re strictly for day use, or for emergency situations only.

Read more: Victorian High Country Huts Association

Skill Level

The Mt Hotham Huts Walk is a Grade 4 circuit, which means that bushwalking experience is recommended. While many sections of the trail double as vehicle access tracks, that doesn’t cancel out the extremely steep, rough, or vaguely signed areas. 

If you are fit, have hiked previously, have appropriate safety gear, and are walking with a buddy for a day hike – you’ll love this. 

Don’t attempt this one overnight unless you’ve got multiple overnight trips under your belt and a buddy tags along to keep you company. Water is extremely limited on the trail so depending on the weather, you may need to carry two days’ worth (not easy!)

No experience hiking but you’re fit and want to give it a go? You’re in luck! Mt Hotham Resort Management runs free guided day walks

 

Mt Hotham Huts Walk

There are options for all skill levels!

 

Essential Gear for Hotham Huts Walk

Day Hike

  • First aid kit
  • PLB
  • Water (enough for your expected duration, and a contingency – just in case)
  • Layers (the weather is as unpredictable as a cat chasing shadows)
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses
  • Head net (optional – if you find flies very annoying)
  • Gaiters (for the snakey sections along Cobungra Ditch Walking Track)

​​Day Hike Gear List: Packing List for a Day Hike

Overnight Hike

Take everything in the above list, plus:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping mat with a minimum R-value of two
  • Sleeping bag rated to at least 2°C lower than the expected minimum temperature
  • Head torch
  • Water purification method (we took LifeStraw bottles)
  • Cooking gear
  • Meals
  • Thermals and beanie (non-negotiable, yes, even in summer!)

Check out our guide to packing for an overnight hike!

 

Mt Hotham Huts Walk Overnight Camp

Tents are a must for overnight missions as you can’t sleep in the huts

What it’s Like to Hike Hotham Huts Walk

While the Hotham Huts Walk is most commonly enjoyed as a day hike, we decided to bed down overnight at Derrick’s Hut to enjoy as much time as possible on the trail.

We wanted to avoid walking along the Great Alpine Road to maximise our time looking at mountains. With the guidance of the team at the Mt Hotham Information Centre we figured out that we could walk along either Higgi Drive or the Mt Higginbotham Trail instead. This took about thirty minutes and was a great introduction to the Alpine Resort.

After a small section along the road, we deviated once more onto the Mt Hotham Summit Walk to eventually reach the Loch Car Park, where the Huts Walk begins.

 

Mt Higginbotham, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

The Mt Higginbotham Track is an alternative to walking along the road

Mt Loch Car Park to Mt Loch

The trail starts along the Machinery Spur Track, a ridgeline with phenomenal views to both sides. While the sun was hidden behind an umbrella of clouds for most of the 2.9km to the Mt Loch turn-off, we were treated to multiple flashes of rainbows that disappeared as quickly as they came.

 

Rainbow Spotting, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Cheeky rainbows are a bonus

 

This section is wide enough for cars (used by Hotham Management and authorised vehicles only) and was well-graded underfoot. This meant that unlike most of the hiking we do, which is technical and requires us to watch our feet almost constantly to avoid stacking it, we could walk confidently, letting our eyes wander around the vistas in every direction. It was really relaxing.

 

machinery spur trackMt Higginbotham, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Ridgeline views on the Machinery Spur Track

 

Slowly the trail began to inch upwards in incline and we followed the track laid out before us and guessed the big shape in the distance must be Mt Loch – correct! Reaching the trail marker, we shucked off our packs, both breathing a sigh of relief, as unburdened, we headed left for the lofty Mt Loch summit.

I normally expect a summit hike to be gruelling with plenty of steep inclines. This trail up Mt Loch couldn’t have been more opposite. Sure, it was a hill, but it was so gradual that we didn’t even break a sweat.

 

Mt Loch, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Ditch your pack for the climb up Mt Loch

 

The last 100m stepped it up a notch in terms of incline, but even arriving at the top, it was hard to understand how we were suddenly so high up. This moment standing beside the cairn was one that you’ll never forget. I simultaneously felt like I was on top of the world, and completely dwarfed by the scale of the mountains surrounding us, rolling away in static waves in every direction.

 

Mt Loch Summit, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Some voodoo makes this summit feel much higher than the climb

 

It was magical.

Sadly, the sun was edging ever closer to the horizon and it was time to get a wriggle on if we wanted to make it to Derrick Hut before sunset. We hastily picked our way back through the rocks, following the flowers to reach the main trail below the summit. In fifteen minutes we were shouldering our bags.

 

Sunset loomed mt loch descent, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Clouds make for better sunsets

Mt Loch to Derrick Hut

There was only 1.4km between the trail marker at the turn-off to Mt Loch and our intended campsite at Derrick Hut. The trail in between was lit in a gorgeous glow from the rapidly setting sun and we were the only people in sight. We hadn’t seen anyone all day and it felt so extravagant to have the beautiful surroundings all to ourselves. 

It was at this point that the trail became narrow and it began to feel like a real-honest-to-goodness hike! We picked our way across narrow timber beams, gawked at purple daisies, and took hundreds of pictures that we’ll probably never look at again but seemed warranted at the time.

All too soon we reached the turn-off to Derrick Hut, and the trail began to trend downwards. Our walking was nearly over for the day. About 150m from the hut we crossed a tiny little stream. 

 

Soak near Derrick, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

A soak near Derrick’s Hut may offer water

 

This ‘soak’ appears after heavy rain and is the only place (except for Swindlers Creek at the bottom of the valley on day two) where water can be accessed on the trail. We still had plenty so we hopped over it and continued through the densely packed vegetation, eventually emerging through the scrub to find Derrick’s Hut.

 

Arriving at Derrick, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Derrick Hut is surrounded by snow gums

Dreaming at Derrick Hut

Our initial impression was one of awe. We were both speechless at the incredible view framed by the snow gums. Even the view from the loo was great, neither of us even bothered to close the door! We were the only people for miles (surely!) and we weren’t missing a second of that view.

 

Derrick, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

No apologies for the wildflower spam

 

After setting up our tent on the flattest bit of ground that we could find, we set about the usual camp routine of cooking dinner, inflating our sleeping mats, and locating the head torches before we were plunged into darkness. The sun was setting over the mountain behind us so there was no glorious spectacle, but we knew that meant sunrise was going to be something special.

 

Derrick, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Still not apologising

 

How right we were! 5am rolled around, and so did two bleary-eyed heads determined not to miss a second of the day’s first rays. Despite the difficulty of dragging ourselves out of our toasty sleeping bags, seeing this sunrise was the highlight of our trip. 

 

Derrick, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Prepare for a great night of stargazing if it’s clear

 

A deep red stripe lined the horizon, as if a dragon was about to open an eye and peek into our campsite. More colours followed, even as the moon remained suspended overhead with a few stars for company.

 Despite plans to leave at first light, we lingered until 7am, gawking at the sky at every opportunity as we distractedly packed away the tent and munched on muesli.

 

mt hotham sunrise feature

Early bird gets the morning glow up

Derrick to Spargo’s

We slowly left the ridgelines behind, catching glimpses of the clouds lingering in between the mountains like a blanket every now and then. There’s only 2.3km separating Derrick Hut from Spargo’s Hut, but the terrain changes dramatically and you start getting the first significant declines of the hike so far. 

 

Old Mining Track, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

An old mining track heads into the valley

 

Out of nowhere, Spargo’s Hut pops up in a gorgeous clearing, surrounded by a meadow of flowers. It’s the oldest hut on the trail, has survived multiple bushfires, and is heritage-listed. 

 

Spargo Hut First view, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Spargos Hut appears almost out of nowhere

 

Inside the hut, you’ll find lots of old-timey nostalgic items and even a guest book to record your visit. The meadow is a great spot for a break, but if you arrive here outside of early morning or dusk, be mindful that there’s minimal shade. 

 

Inside Spargo, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Spargos is the oldest hut on the walk

 

Golden Point Spur to Swindlers Creek

After Spargo’s Hut, the Hotham Huts Walk turns into a hike. Bust out your gaiters to protect yourself from snakes, reapply your sunscreen, and re-lace your boots. The real work begins now. 

Golden Point Spur is a steep 1.4km descent from the tops of the mountains to the river racing through the ravine at the bottom. The trail is cut into the mountain as a switchback so you can accomplish this section without hiking poles like we did. Our descent was accompanied by the warblings of Currawongs and the occasional butterfly wafting across the trail ahead of us. The sound of Swindlers Creek swelled larger until all of a sudden we found ourselves beside it. 

 

Swindlers Creek Footbridge, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Swindlers Creek deep in the valley

 

There’s a timber footbridge and two very conveniently placed benches. Never one to miss an opportunity for a break, we happily dropped our packs and enjoyed fifteen minutes to refuel and stretch our legs. If you need to get more water this is the best place to fill up.

Having conquered the downhill sections like true champions it was time for the monster uphill section. This 750m stretch was unrelenting. It was hard. By this time it was mid-morning, the sun was high in the sky and while there were plenty of snow gums, there was minimal foliage to shield us from the heat. 

The best part of this section by far was the flowers. They were everywhere. They lined the path, they dotted the shrubs, and daisies swung happily in the breeze. It was the best distraction from the burning of sore muscles. 

Cobungra Ditch to Davenport Access Track

Just as I was beginning to wonder if this was all a ruse and I was destined to walk uphill on a neverending circuit forever, the trail flattened out and we were on the Cobungra Ditch Walking Track. 

We thought we’d seen all the variety we were going to see but this 1.7km section has it all. Waterfalls, steep valleys, snuggly vegetation corridors, sudden boggy bits, and boulders galore. It was awesome and over way too soon.

It’s nice and flat and a great section to recover and stretch out as you walk. Take the chance to recover – more hills are on their way! 

 

Cobungra Ditch track, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Cobungra Ditch track

 

Davenport Access Track and Silver Brumby Hut

When we finally emerged onto the Davenport Access Track, we were exhausted. The first day of the Hotham Huts Walk was cruisy and flat and had lulled us into believing that day two would be a similar walk in the alpine park. After 1.5km straight down a hill, and halfway back up again in direct sun, we were pooped. 

 

Silver Brumby Hut, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Silver Brumby Hut

 

The good news is that Davenport Access Track is another wide gravel path so we didn’t have to watch our feet. Turning right at the junction we headed back down, down, down to the valley floor to check out the final hut of the trail – the Silver Brumby Hut. It was the best one. And we loved it. 

It was built right in front of Swindlers Creek, had a great little balcony out the front and strong seating inside so we could escape the sun and rehydrate. The little meadow was a tiny oasis complete with picnic tables and is an ideal spot to aim for to spend some time lounging around. 

Silver Brumby Hut Back to Hotham Village

From Silver Brumby Hut it’s all uphill to reach the finish. You have access to Swindlers Creek at the hut so make sure to fill up water if you’re running low as you’ll be needing it before this walk ends. 

Multiple people warned me about this final slog up the Davenport Access Track to the Great Alpine Road and I shrugged it off, thinking surely a vehicle access track won’t be that difficult. With a day pack on, I’m sure this section of the track wouldn’t warrant more than a passing comment that it was a bit long, but with an overnight pack… it was hard. 

 

Davenport Access Track, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

The big hike out up Davenport Access track

 

While the 1.4km seems longer than the rest of the walk combined, turn around every so often and enjoy the panoramic view that gets better and better with every step. It’s at this point, more than any other on the trail that you can truly appreciate how far you have come and the beauty of the Country you were privileged to enjoy. 

When the bitumen appears under your feet, you’ll either be right back at your car or only have a couple of hundred metres to reach it outside the General Store. 

Throw your sweaty pack on the backseat, grab your wallet, and head inside for a cold drink – you’ve earned it! 

 

Flowers and ridgelines, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

The Razorback walk in the distance

Flora and Fauna

If you’re anything like me and are forever muddling those up in your head – flora is plants and fauna refers to animals. Think ‘fl’ for flowers and you shouldn’t confuse them in the future! You’re welcome. 

Flora

I don’t know about you, but I went from flora-oblivious to flora-obsessed seemingly overnight when I turned thirty. In my twenties, the most I’d notice about the flora on a hike was whether the grass was wet or not when I wanted to sit down. Send me on a hike now and I’ll return raving about the Grass trees and demand you intently analyse the 300 photos I took of a cactus that I thought looked obnoxious.

 

Flowers and ridgelines, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Take the time to check out the tough alpine vegetation

 

Flower fanatics, you’re going to love the Hotham Huts Walk. The blooms are bountiful in every direction. We saw Mountain Celery, Silver Daisies, Prickly Starwort, Victorian Buttercups, Grass Triggerplant, and Tasman Flax-Lilies… plus a lot more that I couldn’t identify on the spot. If you’re really into your plants, you’ll want to download a copy of the Mt Hotham Flora and Fauna Guide to take as a reference. If you’re old school like me and prefer a hard copy you can grab one from the Visitor Information Office before you set out.

Fauna

We found the Hotham Huts Walk strangely quiet on the animal front. Aside from one panicked rabbit we didn’t see any of the usual wallabies, wombats or even possums that we typically see on a hike. 

Instead, we were treated to a huge variety of birdlife, with red Flame Robins, crows, Currawongs, and Crimson Rosellas keeping us company every step of the way. The insects were prolific too, with crickets forever flinging themselves against our boots and big millipedes crawling across the rocky trail. I even had lunch with a fly ‘seated’ next to me the whole time. 

 

Mt Hotham Walk

Fly friend

Optional Side Trips

Joyce Brockhoff Hut

Distance: 800m return
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

You’ll reach the junction for the Joyce Brockhoff Hut (affectionately called ‘The Hoff’) about 15 minutes into your walk, assuming you started at Loch Car Park. The trail heads immediately down along a wide gravel path, which is quite steep in places. The hut was built in 1949 out of stone, with large glass windows and a timber deck. You get great views of Hotham Village from here but it’s quite a slog back up the hill!

 

Joyce Brockhoff Hut, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Joyce Brockhoff Hut

 

Mt Loch Summit

Distance: 1.8km return
Difficulty: Easy

The trail to Mt Loch is wide and predominantly firmly-pressed gravel and dirt. The last 100m or so before the cairn at the very top is a narrow trail that ascends quickly over small rocks. While you’ll need to pay attention to where you step, it’s easily accomplished by hikers of average fitness. Hiking poles could be useful for those less confident on uneven ground but are not necessary.

The 360° views were well worth the 15 minutes it took us to get there, and we hung around much longer than that, feasting with our eyes. To get back down from the very unusual cairn marker, you literally follow the flowers back down the rocks to the wider gravel path.

 

Mt Loch cairn, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Mt Loch Summit Cairn

 

Mt Higginbotham Summit

Distance: 1km
Difficulty: Easy

The Mt Higginbotham Summit is an alternative option to walking the full 3km along the Great Alpine Road to complete the Hotham Huts Walk as a circuit. After parking the car opposite the Police Station, we turned off onto this track beginning behind the Big D Chairlift. You are literally walking up Mt Higginbotham and down the other side so there’s some incline involved but it’s quite short and well worth it for the epic views at the top. Plus, you can take a great summit shot with the cairn and your mates will be none the wiser that it only took you 15 minutes to get up there.

 

Mt Higginbotham Summit, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Mt Higginbotham Summit

 

Mt Hotham Summit Walk

Distance: 1.5km (one-way)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

After briefly dropping back onto the Great Alpine Road from the Mt Higginbotham Summit Trail and walking past the Visitor Information Centre at Corral Car Park, we headed left up the Mt Hotham Summit Walk. It’s 1.5km to get to the very top where the fire tower is. This is a continuous uphill track so be sure to take breaks as needed. We only ascended so far as the first right turn on the map, which conveniently leads you ­– via orange poles, not a track – directly to Loch Car Park, where the Hotham Huts Walk begins. Even at this point, about halfway up, the views were spectacular.

 

Views from Hotham Side Trip, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Mt Hotham Summit

 Tips for Visiting Hotham

  • Leave your packs or day bags at the turn off to Mt Loch. Taking a small bag with some water, your camera, and basic first-aid supplies is a good idea, but you can leave the bulk of your gear behind for this bit
  • If you’re going to skip a hut or side trip on this circuit, I’d bump off the Joyce Brockhoff Hut as it’s much better to visit on a winter trip when it operates as a ski-in ski-out café serving hot soup
  • If you’re following the Mt Summit Hotham Walk side trip to reach Loch Car Park, pay attention to the signs up the top to find the series of poles to follow down the mountain. If you’re on a wide gravel path headed down, you’re likely following the wrong path
  • Parking outside the General Store – opposite the police station – means you’ll have convenient access to toilets, a pub, and general supplies at the start and end of the walk
  • Allow enough time to enjoy the flowers. Don’t rush. This area is gorgeous and deserves every second of your attention
  • Read every sign carefully. The maps have some information but the signs have the rest and you’ll need both to navigate this trail successfully

 

Old mining track views, Mt Hotham Huts Walk

Take good sun protection as it can be quite exposed

FAQs Hotham Huts Walk

Where can I access water on the trail?

You can access water at Swindlers Creek. After periods of heavy rain, there’s a small soak 150m from Derrick’s Hut where you can obtain water, but you shouldn’t rely on this source. 

Are there water tanks at the huts?

No. There are no water tanks at the huts. You’ll need to carry the water you require for the trail. 

Can I sleep in the huts?

No. The huts on the Hotham Huts Walk are for day use or to shelter from storms in an emergency. 

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