Where is it? In the heart of the Australian Alps National Park, 385km north-east of Melbourne
How to see it for yourself?
You can drive to Hotham, at the crest of the Great Alpine Road – the highest bitumen road in Australia. There are also several coaches that service the area, such as Christian’s Bus Co and O’Connell’s Omeo Bus Service. Otherwise, Hotham’s airport is serviced by QantasLink from Sydney in peak season – the flight takes 80 minutes – and charter flights from across Australia year round, and is a handy 20km from the slopes. But while snow-based activities are popular during the winter months, in summer the landscape transforms into grassy mountain ranges speckled in wildflowers. Various tracks and trails thread through them, ideal for hiking, biking and horse riding.
Why I love it
“This is one of the most stunning views I have ever seen. To me, this view looking out onto Mt Feathertop is perfect no matter what time of day or year. Whether it is covered in snow or surrounded by blue skies, it can be admired and enjoyed all the time. The sunset here will take your breath away. Views like this make working at Hotham worthwhile.” – Ruth Appleyard, Mt Hotham Skiing
Image by Steve Cuff