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.

Need to know

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

    Partial track closure - Besford Track, Alpine NP

    A severely water damaged section of Besford Track, within the Alpine National Park north of Benambra, is closed to all vehicles. There is no through access for vehicles on Besford Track between the Benambra-Corryong Road and Deep Creek Track.

    Seasonal road closures 2022

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

    Mt Selwyn Road partial closure

    A partial closure of the Mount Selwyn Road exists between the Mount Selwyn 5 Ways (its intersection with Walsh's Track and the Buffalo Range Track) and the Canyon Road intersection.  This section of track has become severely degraded due to the wet conditions and presents a risk visitor safety, water quality and further damage to the track surface.  Selwyn Creek Road is the preferred alternative for travelling between the Buckland Valley and Tea Tree Range

    Planned aerial shooting operations – Tom Groggin/Mt Pinnibar area

    Parts of this Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations are undertaken.
     
    14-18 November 2022
    21-24 November 2022
    8-12 May 2023
    29 May-2 June 2023
    5-9 June 2023
     
    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: Alpine National Park_Tom Groggin Aerial shooting info sign (396KB)

    Planned aerial shooting operations – Ingeegoodbee/Tingaringy areas

    Parts of this Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations are undertaken.
     
    24-28 October 2022
    28 November-2 December 2022
    3-7 April 2023
     
    See attached map for details. 

    Attachments: Alpine National Park_Ingeegoodbee Tingaringy aerial shooting information (449KB)

  • Paradise Falls (Alpine National Park)

    Wabonga Track Closure

    Wabonga Track in the Alpine National Park is currently closed between Paradise Falls Road and MacMillans Tracks.

    A large spring has opened up in the middle of the road creating a sink hole that presents a hazard to entering vehicles.

    The track will remain closed until conditions allow for road repairs. The track is expected to open in January 2023 

  • Frys Flat Camping Area (Howqua River Heritage River, Howqua Hills Historic Area)

    Vehicle access to Frys Flat Horse Yards

    The Howqua Hills Track between Sheepyard Flat South and Frys Flat currently requires 4WD capability and may not be suitable for the use of floats and trailers to transport horses into this area.  It is recommended that visitors inspect the track prior to crossing to ensure that they are comfortable with the condition of the track and have the ability to cross safely. 

    Parks Victoria are currently negotiating various approvals and permits required to undertake the necessary repair and maintenance to restore this section of track. 

    If you still wish to book and camp at Fry’s Flat with your horse, there are alternate methods of accessing the area.  You can:

    • Walk/ride horses in from Howqua Hills track (100-200m)
    • Walk/ride horse in from Martin/Fern or Spring street (across the river)

    Alternative camping areas with vehicle-accessible horse yards available for booking nearby are also found at: 

    • Tunnel Bend, Howqua Hills Historic Area (up to 10 horses, dogs permitted).
    • 7-mile Flat, Alpine National Park (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)
    • King River Hut, Alpine National Park (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted)
    • Lovicks Hut (up to 20 horses, no dogs permitted) 

    For further information, please contact the Mansfield office on 03 5733 1200 and ask to speak to one of the PV Rangers. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Planned deer control operations - Eastern Region

    Planned deer control operations - Eastern Region
     
    Deer control operations (ground and aerial) will be carried out across the following parks and reserves between October 2022 and June 2023. 
     
    • Alpine National Park
      • Mount Bogong & Bogong High Plains
      • Dinner Plain/Dargo High Plains
      • Feathertop
      • Foothills and Southern Alps
      • Ingeegoodbee/Tingaringy
    • Buchan Caves Reserve
    • Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
    • Cape Conran Coastal Park
    • Coopracambra NP
    • Croajingolong NP
    • Errinundra NP
    • Lake Tyers State Park
    • Baw Baw NP
    • Mount Buffalo NP
    • Snowy River NP
    • Upper Murray - Wabba Wilderness, Burrowa Pine NP, Mt Mittamitite
    • Wilsons Prom NP
     
    More information on temporary park closures for aerial shooting operations will be provided in the coming weeks
     
     For more information on deer control to protect native species visit parks.vic.gov.au.

 
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