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A snow holiday is truly one of the greatest holidays – but it can seem somewhat daunting if you’ve never been to the snow or Hotham before.

The information below has been designed to step you through the journey to Hotham, checking in and to make sure you get the most out of your time in the snow. We want this to be the best holiday you've ever had!


Getting to Hotham

Hotham Alpine Resort is located in the heart of the Australian Alpine National Park in Victoria.

The Hotham Village is located 1750m above sea level and the summit of Mount Hotham is 1861m high. The Great Alpine Road runs from Wangaratta in the north of Victoria to Bairnsdale in the south and passes through the Hotham Alpine Resort.  Due to this, there is fantastic access to all the mountain has to offer including ski fields, accommodation, restaurants, shopping and day spas.

You can access the resort by car, coach or catch a train to wangarata and take a bus to the resort.  Mount Hotham also has its own airport, which means you can book a charter plane to get on the slopes faster.

By Car


You can travel to the resort by car and as the Great Alpine Road goes straight through the village you can drive straight to your accommodation.

Approximate Travel time and distance to Hotham:

  • Melbourne to Mount Hotham (via Harrietvelle) - 4.5 hours / 357km
  • Melbourne to Mount Hotham (via Omeo) - 5.5 hours / 455km
  • Sydney to Mount Hotham - 8 hours / 726km

All vehicles entering the area are required by law to be carrying snow chains. Don't worry - we've got you covered! You can rent or buy snow chains before you head up to the mountain from our very own Ray's Ski Shop in Mytleford. Everything you need to know is here.

By Coach or Taxi

You can get to Hotham Alpine Resort by coach from Melbourne. For Snowball Express service timetables and to book your coach tickets online please click here.

More information can be found about coach and taxi services by clicking on link below.
Full list of Coach and Taxi services for Hotham Alpine Resort

By Flying

You can fly to Mount Hotham by flying into Albury and catching the connecting bus services or you can book a charter plane to fly directly to the Mt Hotham Airport,

For more information on how to book a charter flight please see Kirkhope Aviation.


What to Pack

Water resistant outerwear is highly recommended for keeping dry on the slopes and when touring around the village. If you do not have access to water resistant outerwear you can hire it on the mountain at Hotham Sports at Hotham Central, Jack Frost, or in Dinner Plain.

TIP – Wear thin woollen socks to keep your feet the warmest & most comfortable. Not thick socks and not two pairs of socks either!

Packing Checklist - Essentials

  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Warm jumper, sweatshirt or fleece jacket
  • Base layer long T-Shirt and pants or thermals
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Beanie
  • Helmet; it’s not compulsory to wear a helmet if you ski/board on your own but it’s advisable. 
  • Ski goggles and sunglasses; 
  • Sunblock (30+) and lip balm (with SPF)
  • Winter boots


Check-in Information

Once you arrive on mountain you will need to check-in. 

There are numerous check-in locations at Hotham including:

  • White Crystal Reception
  • Hotham Central Reception
  • Zirky’s. 

You can find these locations on the Village Map.

Check-in is available from 3:30pm

Check-out is required by 10:00am

Some apartments do have their own car parks, please ask your Hotham Holidays consultant when booking your accommodation. 

More Helpful Information

For more information about planning your snow holiday at Hotham, including details of facilities and amenities, getting around the area and information on upcoming events, check out the main Plan Your Visit section of the website.

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