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
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.
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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.
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.