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Mount Tabletop Alpine National Park

3.5/5 rating (8 votes)
  • Walk Length: 12 km
  • Walk duration: 3 - 4 hours
  • Walk Grade: Medium
  • Walk Style: Return

Walk Summary

Walk Category:  Day

Getting There:  Car

Nearest Town:  Dinner Plain

Walk Area:  North East Victoria

Distance from Melbourne GPO:  395 km

Mobile Phone Coverage:  Yes but patchy and coverage varies by provider

Walk Details Collated:  October 2006

Walk Details Provided By:  Border Bushwalking Club, Wangaratta Out and About, Benalla Bushwalking Club & Warby Range Bushwalkers

Walk Description

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.

Cautions:

  • 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.

Walk Map

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Getting There

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.

Further Information

Vicmap: Online access to 1:30,000 topographic maps

Parks Victoria:  Alpine National Park

Parks Victoria Park Note - Walks around Feathertop, Hotham and Dinner Plain

There are seasonal road closures in the Alpine National Park.  Please check Parks Victoria website for latest information.

Mobile phone coverage information