How To Get There

Where is Dinner Plain?

Dinner Plain Victoria is situated 43km northwest of the little town of Omeo and 11km southeast of Mt Hotham Ski Resort, which is 381km northeast of Melbourne (approximately 4.5-5 hour drive) and 710km southwest of Sydney. See the Mt Hotham travel page for more information on the location of Mount Hotham and options regarding how to get to Hotham.

Driving Between Dinner Plain and Mt Hotham

The 11km drive between Dinner Plain and Mt Hotham is generally pretty easy on a paved and meandering road that’s not particularly steep. It only becomes a little challenging when there’s lots of snow on the road, which isn’t very often. Chains must be carried at all times during the winter season and applied as directed or required. If you need to hire chains you’ll need to do this before heading up the mountain. There are ski shops that rent out tyre chains in Omeo, Myrtleford, Bright, and Harrietville.

There isn’t a petrol station in Dinner Plain or at Mt Hotham, with the closest petrol stations being located in Omeo and Bright. Omeo has 24 hour petrol, but Bright petrol stations are generally not open very late into the evening, so if travelling at night you might need to fill up out on the major highway (e.g. Glenrowan on the Hume Highway).

Dinner Plain is located outside the national park so the hefty and ouch worthy resort entry fees don’t have to be paid for those staying overnight at DP, however they are required for those driving up and day parking at Mt Hotham.

Car Parking in Dinner Plain

Car parking is generally limited at most houses and lodges, and it’s not possible to park along the roads due to snow clearing. For overflow and overnight parking, the other option is the Scrubbers End car park at the base of the downhill ski run. The parking bay isn’t huge and you’ll need to get a parking permit from your accommodation provider. This prevents any cheapskates who are staying at Hotham from parking at Dinner Plain for the week and then just catching the rate-payer subsidized bus up to Hotham.

There is day parking available in the main part of the Dinner Plain village around the big roundabout.

Buses Between Dinner Plain and Hotham

During winter there are semi-regular buses between Dinner Plain and Hotham that operate from 7am to 6pm. There are a few bus stops in Dinner Plain spread around the village, and your accommodation provider can give you a bus stop map and bus timetable. The buses can get rather packed during peak times, but it’s generally a stress-free way to get to Hotham.

The bus fees are reasonable considering they include the resort entry fee (which is subsidised by DP residents). Generally if there are only one or two people travelling from DP to Hotham, it’s cheaper to catch the bus than to drive your car.

Flights

The Hotham Airport is closer to Dinner Plain than Mt Hotham, being only 12km away on the Omeo side of town. The airport no longer receives commercial flights, only private charters. From the airport you can get a 4WD taxi to Dinner Plain.

One potential drawback of flying into Hotham Airport is that you generally can’t take much luggage, so you might have to limit the number of ski jackets you take! Also, in foul weather the airport may be closed and flights cancelled or redirected to Albury Airport.
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