Bright, Feathertop and Dinner Plain

Bright, Feathertop and Dinner Plain

Bright, Feathertop and Dinner Plain

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Bright, Feathertop and Dinner Plain

Alpine National Park

From panorama-prone hikes across wildflower draped ridgelines to cross-country ski trails through twisted snowgums and fresh mountain air, Bright, Feathertop and Dinner Plain has it all. Conquer Victoria’s second highest peak, Mount Feathertop, ski the slopes of Mount Hotham or mountain bike between Dinner Plain and Hotham along the Brabralung Trail.
Mount Feathertop via The Razorback follows an exposed ridgeline, linking the popular Mount Hotham Alpine Resort to the top of Victoria’s second highest peak. Although it falls 64-metres short of Mount Bogong’s record, it is arguably Victoria’s most spectacular peak. Through spring and summer, the slopes and alpine plains are carpeted in a sea of wildflowers. Among masses of alpine daisies, Billy Buttons poke through the vestiges of the remaining snow drifts.

For a change in scenery, follow the Bungalow Spur Walk from the quaint town of Harrietville and climb over 1300-metres to reach the pinnacle of Mount Feathertop. Sheltered from the harsh alpine conditions, for the most part, take a break at Federation Hut before making the final ascent to the top.

For shorter, family-friendly walks, set out on the Bungalow Spur Walk to Picture Point or Tobias Gap for views over the Ovens Valley. Or opt for a walk out to Carmichael Falls, where the confluence of the Precipice and Dinner Plain Creeks plunges 25-metres to the headwaters of the Dargo River.

Stay a night or two in the comfort of Harrietville, Mount Hotham or Dinner Plain, all cool havens through the summer months. The Brabralung Trail running between Dinner Plain Alpine Village and Mount Hotham Alpine Resort too is wonderful. Suited to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter, and ideal for mountain biking, walking and trail running once the snow has melted, the 12-kilometre trail is not to be missed.

The bike-friendly towns of Dinner Plain and Hotham offer thrilling mountain biking and road cycling experiences - with the benefits of spectacular alpine vistas around every corner. Mountain bike through Snow Gums along The Brabralung Trail, or challenge yourself with the 7-Peaks ascent to the top of Hotham or Dinner Plain. And visit the Dinner Plain Alpine Village to access over 35-kilometres of singletrack mountain bike trails.

Things To Do

 
Three friends stop for a quick drink late in the afternoon on their walk from Hotham to Falls Creek.

Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing

One of Victoria's icon walks, the 37km Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing (FHAC) is a 3 day/2 night walk through the Alpine National Park, linking the resort villages of Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.
Two friends walk along the Brabralung Trail near Dinner Plain in the Alpine National Park.

Brabralung Trail

Enjoy a pleasant walk or cycle through Snow Gum woodland and open snow plains. Starting at the Hotham General Store and finishing at Dinner Plain Village, the trail is never far from the Great Alpine Road.
Two people walk along the Razorback towards Mt Feathertop in the Alpine National Park.

Mount Feathertop

Stunning Alpine landscape with Victoria's second highest peak, Mt Feathertop towering above Harrietville in the Ovens Valley.

How to get there

Bright, Feathertop and Dinner Plain

When to go

Fun in the Alpine National Park continues long after the snow has melted. Hiking, mountain biking and road cycling is at its best through summer while wildflowers still blanket the slopes. Walk or mountain bike the Brabralung Trail, which runs from Mount Hotham to Dinner Plain, or pedal the thrilling mountain bike trails of Dinner Plain.

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Bright, Feathertop and Dinner Plain

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Alpine National Park

    Track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)

    The following tracks in the Alpine NP (Omeo Management Area) are currently closed to all vehicles while condition assessments and repairs are being undertaken:
     
    Ingeegoodbee Track
    Cobberas Track
    MacFarlanes Flat Track

    Little Cobbler Track closed until further notice

    Little Cobbler Track in Alpine National Park is closed until further notice due to bridge safety concerns.

    Areas of Alpine National Park closed due to 2019/2020 fires

    Some tracks and areas in the Alpine National Park remain closed due to fire damage during the 2019/2020 bushfires. Please check the Fire affected parks  page for a full list of closures. 

    Planned Burning Operation - Moncrief Gap Track Area

    Planned burning operations are scheduled in this park which will result in the Moncrief Gap Track area of the Alpine National Park, near Mt Beauty, from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from Wednesday 24 February and is subject to favourable weather. Check the status of current planned burns at https://plannedburns.ffm.vic.gov.au

    Aerial shooting operation underway

    Parts of the Alpine National Park (see attached maps) will be closed from Monday 1 March to Friday 5 March 2021.

    This is to ensure safe implementation of an aerial shooting program targeting deer and feral pigs, to protect native species impacted by bushfires.

    The Dinner Plain/ Dargo High Plains area will only be closed from 1 to 4 March 2021, re-opening 5 March 2021.

    Attachments: Alpine-National-Park-access-maps (1,130KB)

    Deer control (ground shooting) - Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains and surrounds)

    Parks Victoria will be continuing its deer control program on and around the Bogong High Plains from early-December 2020 to May 2021.


    The program will be carried out under strict conditions designed to ensure safe, effective, and humane practices are implemented.  A suitably qualified and experienced contractor has been engaged to deliver the work.

    All personnel involved will be working under the supervision of Parks Victoria staff. They will be readily identifiable and will act in accordance with all legal requirements to ensure the safe use of firearms.

    All activities will comply with the requirements set out by the Department of Health and Human Services regarding hygiene and physical distancing to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

    If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

    Attachments: Deer Control Area - ANP Bogong High Plains and surrounds (419KB)

    Howitt Road conditions

    Howitt Road is currently recommended for All wheel Drive and Four Wheel Drive vehicles with sufficient clearance. Vehicles travelling on Howitt Road road  require attention to variations of the surface along the length of road between Arbuckle Junction and Howitt Car park.

  • 1st Beach (Marlo Coastal Reserve)

    Temporary track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)

    Temporary track closures - Alpine National Park (Eastern Alps)

    The following tracks in the Alpine National Park (Omeo Management Area) are currently closed to all vehicles while condition assessments and repairs are being undertaken:
     
    Ingeegoodbee Track
    Cobberas Track
    MacFarlanes Flat Track

    These tracks are expected to remain closed for an extended period during 2021 while complex assessments are undertaken and options for repairs are evaluated. These tracks will remain closed for the summer and autumn/winter period of 2021. Parks Victoria will notify key stakeholders and update this information when the tracks are reopened.

  • Bungalow Spur Walk (Alpine National Park)

    Carparking at Bungalow Spur Walking is now located at Tronah Reserve

    BUNGALOW SPUR CARPARK | Council has been working with the community, the Tronoh Reserve Committee of Management and Parks Victoria to facilitate suitable, safe parking for visitors to the popular Bungalow Spur Walking Track up Mount Feathertop.
    This week new signage will be visible to those visiting the walking track:
    - A series of permanent signs will designate the area immediately opposite the existing trailhead on Feathertop Track as a drop off zone only, designed for motorists to drop off and collect walkers and their equipment.
    - A temporary Variable Message Sign will be installed to direct motorists to a new carparking area in the Tronoh Reserve and limit vehicular traffic on Feathertop Track.
    The scope of the Alpine Better Places Harrietville Detailed Concept Design project includes carparking and trailhead facilities in the Tronoh Reserve, and interested members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft concept designs during the next community consultation planned in early 2021.
    For further information, please contact Council on 5755 0555 or info@alpineshire.vic.gov.au.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Stay safe this summer around waterfalls

    It is not safe to swim under or near waterfalls. The pool at the base of a waterfall can be deep and very cold with the risk of hypothermia, and the force of the falling water can cause difficulties for even strong swimmers. Rocks around waterfalls are often wet and slippery so it is easy to slip and fall in the water or down a cliff, leading to serious injuries. Always heed warning signs and advice even if you are not planning to go in the water and be aware of changing weather conditions. Stay behind safety barriers around waterfalls –they are there to keep you safe.

 
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