Visiting This Winter

Getting there:

Bright to Mt Hotham - 1hr 10mins - 55 km's 
Bright to Falls Creek - 1hr 10mins - 63 km's
Bright to Mt Buffalo - 45 mins - 30 km's

When travelling by car:
  • Remember antifreeze in your radiator.
  • Leave your windscreen wipers up off the windscreen (avoids them freezing to the glass).
  • Leave your handbrake OFF and your car in gear (avoids freezing the brake on).
  • Chain Fitting _ Chains must be carried at all times when visiting the mountains by road
  • Fit chains at bays where you see the "Fit Chains Here" sign.
  • Always fit chains to driving wheels only. When required, four wheel drive vehicles should fit chains to front wheels.
  • Chain fitting bays are level and make fitting easier. If you don't use the chain fitting bay you may find yourself in a lot of trouble. Chains are hard to fit on slopes, and you will obstruct other vehicles and snow clearing equipment.
  • At all resorts, you can be fined for not carrying and fitting chains as directed.
  • If it has not been necessary to fit chains when travelling, it is advisable to fit them upon arrival in preparation for the return trip. It is quite difficult to fit them to cars covered by snow.
  • Do not drive faster than 40kph. 
Chain Fitting Checklist:
  • Fit chains to driving wheels only.
  • Always test fit chains before a trip.
  • Fit at fitting bays on level ground.
  • If chains fall off or losen when a vehicle is in motion stop and check brake lines for damage, before retensioning.
  • Keep speed below 40kph.
  • Carry a torch, plastic garbage bag and gloves to make fitting easier.
  • Use correct fitting chains.
  • Tyres must be in good condition with minimal wear
  • The use of diamond pattern chains is recommended.
  • Chains alter your car's handling, take time to readjust your driving and take care! 

Hoys Booking Service can help organise transport from Melbourne, Albury, Bright, Harrietville and the Airports. Most people travel to Mt Hotham by car through Harrietville.
A popular way is to drive to Harrietville, leave your car in Hoys security car park, and catch a coach or 4WD taxi to Mt Hotham. The Snowball Express departs from Hoys Harrietville Ski Centre.

More Information:
  • Mt Hotham
  • Falls Creek
  • Mt Buffalo National Park