Melbourne to Mount Hotham

Mount Hotham is a popular destination for snow skiing in winter and hiking/bushwalking in summer. Here’s how to get there


Melbourne to Mount Hotham by car

This route follows the Hume Hwy for most of the way offering several interesting places to take breaks along the way if you don’t mind a small detour.

Fun places to take a break on this route could include the Victorian Railway Workshops Art & Antiques store at Seymour, Fowles Wine at Avenel, Botanical Gardens and Gallery at Benowa, Benalla Aviation Museum, Ned Kelly Museum & Homestead at Glenrowan, Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard, and Myrtleford for any supplies or ski gear. Myrtleford is also the last fuel stop.

Journey Time: 4 h 24 min (375 km) via National Highway M31

Note: during the declared winter season, a Resort Entry fee applies to all vehicles. Resort Entry permits can easily be purchased online here. During snow season it is required to carry snow chains that can be hired at Rays Ski Shop in Myrtleford.

If you don’t feel like driving up the mountain section Hoys Harrietville Ski Centre offers a PARK’n‘ RIDE – stop, where you can park and take a coach or taxi up the mountain to Mt Hotham or Dinner Plain, more info here.


Melbourne to Mount Hotham by Coach

There are several coach services operating between Melbourne and Mount Hotham with journey times averaging between 8-9 hours

  • Snowball Express – provides services from Melbourne Airport – T4 Transit Hub  and Melbourne Southern Cross Train Station to Mt Hotham
  • HothamBus – provides services from Melbourne (airport and Southern Cross Station) to Hotham Alpine Resort & Dinner Plain