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Getting There & Away

Mt Hotham is 360km northeast of Melbourne. By car take the Hume Hwy to Wangaratta, then follow the Great Alpine Rd to Mt Hotham. Alternatively you can take the Princes Hwy to Omeo, before continuing on the Great Alpine Rd to Hotham via Dinner Plain.

In winter all vehicles must carry diamond-patterned snow chains, to be fitted at the designated fitting bays. During ski season all vehicles will need to purchase a resort pass (per day $50); if you're just passing through you're only permitted to stay for 30 minutes. The winding drive down to Harrietville is on a knife's edge so take it easy if there's snow on the road.

During the ski season, both Hotham Bus and Snowball Express run buses here from Melbourne.

Dyson's Alpine Link has three buses a week connecting Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain with Bright ($8.20, two hours) and Omeo ($6.80, one hour); check its website for the schedule.

For hikers, there's the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing, a two-night, three-day 37km trek that links Hotham with Falls Creek.

There's an airport at Mt Hotham, only used by private charter flights.