Distance: 12 Km | Duration: Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Return | Map
Best Season: Summer, Autumn, Spring
About the Walk
This is a lovely high plain walk to Mount Tabletop where there is a steep cliff below and wonderful views. The walk involves a 200m climb outward bound and 180m climb on the return section.
The Walk in Detail
The Mt Hotham area was affected by bushfires in February 2013 and this area of the Alpine National Park was closed as at 15 February 2013. It is essential that you check the Parks Victoria website for the latest information and details on park and track closures prior to visiting this area.
The walk begins at JB Plain car park on the Great Alpine Road, approximately 1.8 km west of Dinner Plain.
Stroll south along flat, snow grassed and open JB Plain along defined track for approx 1km. Enter the snow gum tree line and follow sign posted track past a couple of old cattle mustering enclosures prior to steep 100m drop (over 300m distance) to valley floor. Continue down gentle slope, crossing a couple of small creeks and wander along valley floor in open savannah, paralleling a sometimes marshy water course, before beginning gentle rise towards base of Mt Tabletop.
It is a short, sharp, slog (160m climb over 1.3 km) to top of Mt Tabletop. On reaching the ridge top, walk a further 500m along the ridge to the edge of the escarpment where there are spectacular views of area. This is a good spot for a break or lunch before returning via same route.
Note: JB Plain is 1600m above sea level; Mt Tabletop is 1593m above sea level.
If there have not been good rainfalls in this area there may be no water along the track.
At the top of Mt Tabletop there are steep drops off to the side but they are not a hazard if reasonable care is taken.
Road from Harrietville to JB Plain is well made but very steep and winding.
Drive to Bright via the Hume Highway, Wangaratta, Myrtleford. Continue on the Great Alpine Road, drive past Mt Hotham and stop at JB Plain which is about 1.8 km before the Dinner Plain village.
If weather has been dry there may be no water along the track. At the top of Mt Tabletop there are steep drops off to the side but they are not a hazard if reasonable care is taken.