From the heights of Mount Hotham to the seclusion of Dinner Plain, you will be drawn into a world of postcard perfect mountain views, fields scattered with alpine wildflowers and the chance to indulge in a host of high country adventures whether it be summer or winter.
The Dinner Plain Onsen Retreat & Spa is open during the winter season and makes for the perfect holiday haven in the heart of Dinner Plain. A huge range of treatments, massages and invigorating rituals are offered on a daily basis. Treatments of one hour or more give you complimentary access to the gym, swimming pool and spas. For the full range of what is available simply visit the website or phone 03 5150 8880
Pilates now has a permanent presence in the High Country in Dinner Plain.Ski Pilates Fusion caters for everyone, with a fully-equipped studio under the expert guidance of qualified instructor and ski champion, Sally Rosenhain. Pilates brings a range of life and health enhancing benefits and helps your body re-educate itself for better use of its energy systems. Pilates is also a valuable aid to pain relief for musculo-skeletal problems. Open year round, phone 03 5150 8880 or 0419 314 727 or visit the website for a downloadable brochure, price list and winter timetable.
The rivers in the Victorian Alps are extremely plentiful and an absolute paradise for both budding and experienced fishers. The Mitta Mitta, Dargo, Cobungra and Ovens rivers are great for catching trout.
Mountain biking around Mount Hotham is one of the best ways to see it. There are many good tracks extending out from Hotham and from Dinner Plain - four wheel drive tracks and fire trails winding through the bush.
Take your next cycling session to one of the most scenic and highest bitumen roads in Australia. A simple ride between Dinner Plain and Hotham is a cruisy 10km and a great way to escape the everyday in amongst the snowgums. Or take on one of the more challenging rides (detailed below) from the base of Hotham approaching from Harrietville or Omeo.
There are a variety of walks around Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham. There are more than 15 walking trails around DP including the 2km return trip to Carmichael Falls and 3km return tip to Room with A View. For something a little more challenging there is a 9km return trip to Precipice Plain where you will be rewarded with commanding views of the Dargo River and Dargo High Plains. For the adventurers, head to Mount Hotham and take in the spectacular views along the Razorback as you head to the peak of Mount Feathertop and enjoy 360 degree views of the Alpine High County. The 22km walk leaves from Diamantina Hut, you will need to make an early start, take plenty of water. The bush walking season lasts from early November to until early May.
Horse riding is now available in Dinner Plain with Adventures with Altitude operating from Crisps Hut near the entrance of Dinner Plain. Whether you take a short one or two hour jaunt or a two or three day excursion there is a trail riding adventure waiting for you.
There are a wealth of rock climbing and abseiling avenues for all standards predominately out behind Dinner Plain or out towards Mt Smythe Climbs range from the extremely technical to the budding beginner.
Cassilis is one of the richest gold producers in the region. Gold Pans are available for Purchase within Swift's Creek.
Join a seven Day Gourmet Guided Holiday across the Victoria Alps with Hedonistic Hiking.
Hike the classic trails of the legendary High Country of Victoria: The Razorback, Mount Feathertop, Mount Buffalo and the Australian Alpine Walking Track. Follow in the footsteps of some of the early visitors to this area - the explorers, the gold diggers and the first European settlers. In the past, travellers stayed in huts - we stay in fabulous hotels and mountain lodges in Falls Creek, Dinner Plain and the Buckland Valley. Dine on the delicious cuisine and sample the wonderful wines of the Alpine Valleys of northeast Victoria. Visit the website for the latest tours and departure dates.
Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham has terrain to suit all snowsports abilities. For beginners you can play on the Cobungra Platter at Dinner Plain or the Summit at Hotham, the children can head to The Big D and intermediates and advanced skiers and boards can explore the endless terrain at Hotham.
In Dinner Plain (only 150 metres from Rundells) there is a gentle beginner ski run, Cogungra platter which includes a free magic carpet, poma lift and cafe. Lift tickets for the Poma, equipment hire and private lessons are available from Pinnacle DP.
Lift Pass Prices - 1 Day Cobungra Platter Only
Lift Only - Adult $53
* Youth (15-18yrs) $45
* Child (6 - 14yrs) $27
Lift & Hire - Adult $118
* Youth (15-18yrs) $110
* Child (6 - 14yrs) $74
Dinner Plain is located only 10km from Australia's Premier Ski Resort Mount Hotham. A free shuttle bus operates between the two resorts. Entry into the Alpine National Park is $16 for adults and $8 for children under 15 years. Get ready before you go to Hotham - pick up your lift tickets & hire from Pinnacle DP and avoid the rush!
Dinner Plain and Hotham both offer a huge range of cross country terrain surrounded by spectacular Alpine National Park. Between the resorts there are over 35km of trails, with curcuits ranging from 2km to 15km. Trails start from Dinner Plain, Wire Plain and Hotham. No trail fees apply for cross country skiing a the resort. Cross Country skis and other equipment can also be hired from Hoys DP.
Hotham Snowsports Centre also has a range of ski instructors that specialise in cross-country ski instruction. Both group and private lessons are available. For more information call (03) 5759 4430. Pick up a free map of the Dinner Plain and Hotham cross-country trails before you go!
Cross-country skiing makes up an active and integral part of the identity of Hotham and Dinner Plain. To this end there are some key cross country events that take place each year. The infamous Pub to Pub sees around 100 competitors ski the 11 kilometes from the General Store at Hotham down to the Dinner Plain Hotel. The Hotham Winter Triathlon is another great event, featuring a run, cycle and cross country ski. Cameron is a Hotham local who competed in the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics in the sport of biathon, which is cross country skiing and rifle shooting. He trains up here each winter, as Biathlon Australia's main shooting field is located just a few kilometres outside Hotham Village on the way to Dinner Plain.
Cross Country Ski Hire
Hoys Ski Hire are the only rental outlet for this equipment at Dinner Plain & Mt Hotham. Rundells guests can receive 15% off adult X-Country skis/boots/poles sets. Hoys have an extensive range of X-Country gear available for hire including hybrid metal edged skis & skating skis and a variety of snowshoes. For details call – (03)51596339.
Snow shoes can be hired at Hoys in Dinner Plain and tours are available with Adventures with Altitude.
A favourite activity in Dinner Plain, the husky residents move in for winter and are ready to take you on an alpine dog sled tour. From $115 per adult. Bookings essential phone 0418 230 982.
Operating seven days a week all year round. Sample regional wines, buy direct from cellar door, food tasting, lunch at local restaurants. Contact Shaun Maiden (03) 5727 3382 or 0418 579 218. Visit the website
Hire a toboggan from Pinnacle or Hoys in Dinner Plain and head to the designated toboggan run at Cobungra Platter.