Getting to Dinner Plain by road is a spectacular journey; the Great Alpine Road offers incredible views and memorable townships, like Bright and Omeo to stop for a bite to eat and refuel.
The last place you can get fuel before you drive over the mountain is Harrietville or Omeo depending on what side of the mountain you are on.
Important information if traveling in the winter months
Ensure you have anti-freeze additive and alpine diesel.
You must carry snow chains at all times during the declared snow season, and fit them where directed. It is a legal requirement for all vehicles entering the Alpine Road Reserve, and it is also a safety measure. You can hire chains at the base of the mountain from: Hoys Harrietville Ski Centre or Hoys Chain Hire at the Omeo Service Station. When you hire your chains from Hoys in Harrietville, they will fit them for free at their mobile chain fitting service operating between Harrietville & the Mt Hotham village. Hoys will provide back up service to their chain customers at Dinner Plain and remove your chains if not required before departing for Mt Hotham or on your way home.
During winter parking permits apply if you are going to stop in the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort, if you are just driving through, you will not need to buy a parking permit.
There are two main routes that you can take to Dinner Plain from Melbourne.
You can travel up the Hume Highway (M31) and exit near Wangaratta onto The Great Alpine Road (B500) where you will drive through the Ovens Valley passing through Myrtleford, Bright and Harrietville and up over the top of Mount Hotham.
From there Dinner Plain is approximately 10 kilometres down the road. This route will take you approximately 4.75 hours.
From South-East Victoria
You can travel along the Princess Highway (A1) out through Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale.
From there you pass through the growing town of Bruthen and up onto the Great Alpine Road (B500) which snakes its way along the glorious Tambo River. You pass through Ensay and Swifts Creek and then find yourself in the lovely little town of Omeo.
From Omeo you are 43 kilometres away from Dinner Plain. This route will take you approximately 5.25 hours.
There are two main routes that you can take from Sydney to arrive at Dinner Plain.
You can travel out of Sydney on the South Western Motorway (M5) and then jump onto the Hume (M31) where you can streamline it down through Albury and Wodonga, take the (C377) exit towards Chiltern and Beechworth, continue on through Beechworth and onto The Great Alpine Road (B500).
Continue through Myrtleford, Bright and Harrietville and up over the top of Mount Hotham.
From there Dinner Plain is 12 kilometres down the road.
This route will take you around 8.50 hours to drive.
You can travel out of Sydney on the South Western Motorway (M5) and then jump onto the Hume (M31) where you can streamline it down to the exit near Goulburn onto the Federal Highway heading towards Canberra.
Continue through Canberra onto the Monaro Highway down through Cooma. Find your way onto the Snowy Mountains Highway and turn left onto The Link road, at the end turn left onto the Snowridge Road and continue into Tooma Road.
Turn right onto the Alpine Way and continue onto the Murray Valley Highway, turn left to stay on the Murray Valley Highway and proceed through Corryong and jump onto the Benambra-Corryong road, continue until you get to the Omeo Highway and continue on to Omeo.
From there you are 43 kilometres away from Dinner Plain.
This route will take you around 10 hours to drive.
Why drive when you can fly directly into Hotham airport, landing just 10 kilometres from Dinner Plain and 20 kilometres from the slopes!
Please note there are no commercial air carriers flying directly to Hotham Airport for the 2014 ski season, however, there are a number of charter options available into Hotham Airport.
A number of charter operators fly in to the Hotham Airport year round including (but not limited to):
- AUSJET – Phone 03 9379 6999 | Web www.ausjet.com.au
- Bairnsdale Air Charter – Phone 0428 524 617 | Web www.bacfs.com.au
- Lilydale Air Charters – Phone 03 9739 1211 | Web www.lilydaleairport.com.au
The Albury Airport is a convenient and easy alternative for your travel to Dinner Plain and Hotham.
Car hire and coach transfers to Dinner Plain are available from Albury Airport.
By Public Transport
Let someone else do the driving whilst you enjoy the journey.
There are many alternate forms of transport available to get to Dinner Plain, including trains, buses, coaches and taxis. Once you’re on the mountain there is also shuttle bus services to get you around.
Train / Bus
The Snowball Express and HothamBus both provide coach services between Melbourne and the Victorian snowfields with various stops along the Great Alpine Road. HothamBus also operates a service to Hotham/Dinner Plain from Sydney and Adelaide. Private charter services are also available from Albury Airport. For more information on these services, go to Snowball Express and Hothambus
You can also map out a plan to travel up via V-Line, starting off in Melbourne and switching to a coach at Seymour which takes you to Bright. From Bright you can catch the Omeo-Bright Alpine Bus Link which runs during summer and winter. For information on this service visit Omeo Bus or 0428 591 377. View the V-line timetable.
Shuttle Bus Services
A shuttle bus operates between Dinner Plain and Hotham throughout each day over the winter season.
The timetable for 2015 ski season will be available shortly.
Coaches & Taxis
If you want to leave the car at home, there are a number of coach services that can help you get to Dinner Plain and Hotham over summer and winter.
Albury to Hotham Service – Winter Only
Private transfers are available to transport you from Albury Airport to Hotham. For more information go to Hothambus
Alps Bus Link – Omeo to Bright
Visitors to Victoria’s North East can take advantage of the Alps Bus Link operating between Omeo and Bright on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the summer and winter months.
The service also links up with V-Line services operating from Wangaratta and Bairnsdale.
The Alps Bus Link assists local residents and visitors across Omeo and its district, Dinner Plain, Mt Hotham, Harrietville and Bright to access a range of activities at the snow fields, as well as education and training, shopping, medical, essential services, sport and recreational opportunities in the wider region.
Bookings are advisable. Phone: 03 5159 1377 or 0477 991 377
HothamBus offers discounted express coaches running daily from Melbourne and Adelaide and twice weekly services from Sydney to the Victorian snowfields. HothamBus will take you all the way to Dinner Plain, no transfers at Hotham are required.
HothamBus will do more than just get you there; they can also arrange your accommodation both on and off the mountain, equipment hire, tours, group bookings and offer unlimited travel passes for the ski season. For a stress free snow adventure, contact HothamBus.
- Melbourne – Hotham/Dinner Plain
- Sydney – Hotham/Dinner Plain
- Adelaide – Hotham/Dinner Plain
Snowball Express – Winter Only
Take the worry out of buying anti-freeze, hiring & fitting chains and then the hazards of driving in the snow.
Enjoy the heated comfort of a Snowball Express coach complete with video & toilet (not applicable to all services – toilet stops will be made along the way). Alpine-trained drivers will get you all the way to Hotham Alpine Resort.
Continue your travel to Dinner Plain on the Shuttle Bus.
Hotham Resort Entry Fees
Applicable to all scheduled bus services
Adult $18 per person per day
Child 15 years and under $9 per person per day
Free entry for children 5 years and under
Hoys Mt Hotham Bus and Taxi Bookings – Winter Only
Hoys Booking Service can help organise transport from Melbourne, Albury, Bright, Harrietville and the airports. Most people travel to Dinner Plain and Hotham Alpine Resort by car through Harrietville.
If you are travelling by bus or 4WD taxi, leave your car in the Hoys security carpark.
For bus and taxi bookings or information on chains, resort entry tickets and security carparking, phone 1800 467 669 or 03 5759 2589.