Dinner Plain village is located about 10 kilometres on the Omeo side of Mount Hotham.
The most travelled route from Melbourne is on the Hume Freeway and then via Milawa, Myrtleford, Bright and Harrietville. It is 385 km from Melbourne 385 km which is about a 5 hour trip in summer road conditions.
In winter you will need anti-freeze for your car and all vehicles, including 4WDs, must carry snow chains.
Walking trails - The village is located adjacent to the National Park and walking maps of the National Park plus a map for walks around the village are available from the Dinner Plain Visitor Information Centre.
Carmichael Falls Walk
2km return (moderate)
Heading off from the Dinner Plain 4WD Track this clearly marked track takes a path to a lookout with seating so you can sit back and overlook the picturesque falls amongst the snowgums.
Brabralung Trail: Hotham to Dinner Plain
Distance: 24 km (return)
Grade: easy to difficult, multipurpose trail
Walk or ride this wonderful 12km trail that runs through the Alpine National Park linking Dinner Plain to Hotham resort. Look out for the native fauna and flora (spot the resident emus at JB Plain). This trail will take you through woodland to open scenic plains that gives the High Country its unique scenic vista views. There are numerous areas to rest and picnic along the way running parallel to the Great Alpine Road. A location not to miss is the old cattlemen’s post JB Hut where you can also camp overnight.
Room With a View
3 km return (easy to moderate)
A short walk from Dinner Plain this is the first completed project by the Dinner Plain Landcare group and originally was an old horse riding track. It takes you on an easy walk through the snowgum forest to an open plain with spectacular views of Mount Hotham, Mount Feathertop, Bogong High Plains and the Cobungra River, where you can take in the views over Hotham Alpine Resort.
(difficult - Stage 1 (multipurpose) 3.5km, Stages 2 & 3 - 8.5km)
This multipurpose trail is perfect for walking and mountain biking. Make your way around Dinner Plain, with the track taking you through scenic snowgum forest, along small river crossings and around snow grass plains, you will then return to Dinner Plain via the Precipice Plain Walk.e Precipice Plain Walk.
9km return (moderate -multipurpose)
Walk or bike along the Dinner Plain 4WD Track to a lovely natural lookout across the remote Dargo Valley. Catch the sunset in the high country for fabulous colours in the sky, breath in the cool air and lovely cool summer breeze.
Dead Timber Hill Walking Track
4km return, approximately 1.5 hours (easy to moderate)
A breathtaking walk through an area stricken by the 2003 bushfires that is slowly breathing life again. The romantic lookout over Mt Hotham is an exquisite sunset location.
1 km circuit (easy - multipurpose)
This is an all abilities trail for mountain bike riding and walking. A short easy stroll around the tennis courts, village ski run and past some of Dinner Plain’s uniquely inspired architecture.
2 km circuit (easy -multipurpose)
Circumnavigates the village providing fantastic views through the surrounding alpine landscape as well as highlighting the unique Dinner Plain architecture. A great short and challenging mountain bike ride over to a multipurpose trail.
10km return (difficult)
Mt Tabletop is a distinctive flat plateau linked to the Great Dividing Range by a low ridge. From JB Plain, follow the old fence line south across the plains for 0.5km. The route is marked by orange triangular markers. Cross the snow plains and snowgum woodland down to Tabletop Creek and then follows a long ridge up the plateau. The track is marked to a rocky outcrop just below the summit. Return by the same route
The highest bitumen road in Australia is a great place for scenic road cycling sessions or you can hit the unique mountain bike single tracks winding through terrain that only the high country can offer
Set your challenge test your strength and endurance by cycling the Great Alpine Road. A simple ride between Dinner Plain and Hotham is a great way to escape the everyday in amongst the high country snowgums. Why not challenge yourself with a journey to Omeo or Harrietville (yes it is steep but fortunately most of it is downhill!).
Mountain Bike Riding
A mountain bikers dream undulating ridge lines with amazing views and massive descents through layers of forest with varying terrain, coasting XC, sneaky single tracks through the snowgums and over river crossings, fire trails and old stock/mining routes for some real bush tracks.
Dinner Plain is surrounded by the Alpine National Park creating a magnificent setting for trails. In summer the ski cross country trails are a great place to start if you want to get out amongst it and is a great way to see the surrounding mountain. The fresh alpine air, the cooling of the altitude along with a canopy of snowgums provides a great environment for riding even on the hottest of days. Mountain Bike guided rides are available, along with Mountain Bike hire through DP Riders Bike Club. For tracks see the link to the Dinner Plains Walking Tracks & Trails Brochure below.
Explore all the magic Dinner Plain has to offer by taking a Trail Ride on a beautiful brumby in the spectacular High Country with Dinner Plain Trail Rides.
Tubing on 100m slides is available during winter and school holiday periods.
Take to Dinner Plains Pump track to test out your mountain biking skills. Set up in the green season.
Take to the Dinner Plain tennis courts for a free hit. The courts include a basketball court.
Frisbee (Disc) Golf
Dinner Plain is host to Australia's highest Disc Golf course. Just like golf, disc golf features nine tee offs and nine holes (baskets) and is an activity that visitors can use year round. It’s a free activity for all participants. Simply pick up a set of discs including a tee off, fairway driver and putter and onto the course you go! The goal is to get your disc into the basket in the least amount of shots. Phone 0439 161600 to pick up a set of discs.
The Snow Park at Dinner Plain, set among the pristine bush of the Victorian Alps, is the perfect place for kids and beginners to experience snow in a fun and safe environment.
From tobogganing and snow tubing, a chairlift and ski lessons on a gentle slope, there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Take a break at the Liftline Café, or even come out and play under the stars on Wednesday and Saturday nights.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Feel the rush as you slice up some of the best slopes in Australia set to the stunning 360° visual backdrop of the snow-covered Victorian Alps. The village of Dinner Plain, with its unique award-winning architecture, is set among some of Australia's best downhill slopes, from black diamond drops to gentle beginner runs.
For beginners, the Snow Park at Dinner Plain is a great place to learn to ski. The wide and gentle slope is located within walking distance at the eastern edge of the village. Not only that, it has Australia's cheapest lift pass, and there is no gate entry fee. For those looking for a challenge, a bus from Dinner Plain drops you right at the start of the runs at Mount Hotham – just 10 minutes away.
Cross Country Skiing
35 Kilometres of Cross Country Trail... experience the magic through the snowgums and out to the beautiful plains taking vista views of Hotham covered in snow.
A fun-filled family day out exploring the extensive cross-country trail network that meanders around the village, or if you’re feeling adventurous take on the 10km journey between Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham. Marked trails wind through a woodland of snow gums and are a unique an memorable way to experience the high country.
There is no fee to use the cross country trails and they are groomed regularly. Trails range from beginner to advanced.
Take a peaceful bushwalk in the snow! Snowshoeing is a low impact and enjoyable way to explore the winter alpine environment. It's easy to do and a wonderful way to get out and experience the crisp alpine air and peace and quiet of the bush with only the crunch of snow under your feet.
Hire snowshoes at Dinner Plain's ski hire shops, or take a self-guided snowshoe tour (with or without a packed lunch) with Hoys Ski Hire. No resort entry fee or ski lift pass needed!
Dinner Plain has many trails to choose from, with easy short walks on the outskirts of the village, from epic walks over the stunning Razorback to Mount Feathertop. Wind your way through magestic snow-covered snow gums and visit the High Country's historic cattlemen's huts.
Tobogganing and snow play is so much fun for all the whole family and an easy way to introduce children to snow culture.
Located on Big Muster Drive at Scrubbers End, Cobungra Platter offers a gentle slope for tobogganers of all ages, and is extremely family friendly. Sheltered from weather elements and lined by beautiful snow gums with stunning views of the Alpine National Park. This is a truly accessible family snowplay area with free car parking adjacent to Cobungra Platter and only metres from the ski lifts and snow play area. A heated shelter with amenities and a café is available throughout the winter months allowing a place to relax rest or refuel all whilst watching the children play on the slope.
Tubing on 100m slides is available during winter and school holiday periods.
When the sun goes down and the stars come out, it's time to hit the slopes
for a night of adventure. The stars twinkle brightly up in the crystal clear sky of the high Victorian Alps, making night skiing an unforgettable experience.
Dinner Plain's Snow Park lights up every Wednesday and Saturday night throughout winter, with the ski slope and the tube run open for action.
There is no Resort Entry Fee to visit or ski at Dinner Plain, making it an affordable snow destination. Just come right in!