Riding Hotham

Starting in the beautiful valley town of Harrietville, this ride takes you up one of the most stunning roads in Australia. The road winds through lush green areas, tall forests and majestic snowgums, then traverses the top of the mountain range, surrounded by vistas of endless mountain peaks and valleys.

The Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Hotham passes local huts and ski lodges, providing a spectacular view of Mt Buffalo, Mt Feathertop and the high plains. The climb is quite steep in some areas and is not for the faint hearted. With some areas at a maximum grade of 18%, this ride is a true alpine challenge.  Be sure to stop at Icewater Creek on your way to Dinner Plain, to fill your drink bottles with mountain spring water.

Evolving from the Dinner Plain Festival of Cycling and the Hotham Challenge Ride, the Audax Hotham Challenge is a new event which offers cyclists a series of three challenging mountain rides. These include a 200km ride from Dinner Plain to Mt Buffalo (featuring two climbs); a shorter 135km ride from Dinner Plain to Bright and back (one climb); and a third ride from Bright to Mt Buffalo.  For more information visit

Ride Details

  • Start – Harrietville General Store
  • Finish – Hotham Corral Day Carpark
  • Distance – 30.8km
  • Rise – 1,347m
  • Grade Average – 3.7%
  • Grade Max – 18%
  • Track your progress and challenge your friends on Strava

Stamp my Ride

Validate your climb at the Resort Management Office, Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm or the General Store, Mon-Sat: 10am till late, Sun: 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Cycling Inform Ride Tips

Hotham has an average gradient of 4.6% but don’t be deceived. The first 10km is hard and finishes with a short steep 10% pinch called the “Meg”. It then flattens out for most of the climb until the ticket box where you’ll ride through some tough sections with steep climbs and short steep descents. The last 1.5km pitches up again to the top.


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Ride Map

* Click on map to view route in Strava

Ride Profile

Profile Mt Hotham