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Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing Master Plan

Alpine National Park view

The Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing immerses visitors in the alpine environment, with its gnarled snow gums and fields of alpine daisies, surrounded by high country scenery, passing by heritage huts and walking to the summits of some of Victoria’s most spectacular peaks. The walk is one of four walks being developed in the “Walk Victoria’s Icons” portfolio. A master plan will determine the best route for the Alpine Crossing and the supporting infrastructure needed to create a world-class walk.

The Draft Master Plan engagement phase is now closed and the Consultation Summary report is available.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the consultation sessions or provide a written submission. A significant amount of feedback was received, including a total of 229 written submissions.

The consultation summary report is now available.

Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing: Summary report of community response to Draft Master Plan (PDF)

Overall, there was support for the draft master plan and agreement that the extended walking experience with the additional accommodation options would deliver a positive impact to Victoria’s North East region. However, there were also some concerns raised. These will be addressed where possible in the Final Master Plan that will be presented to the Victorian Government in the coming months.

Respondents provided comments, and also made suggestions to improve the draft plan. Six main topics were identified in the feedback:

  • Development of Roofed Accommodation within the National Park (Key issue: Development within Parks)
  • Campsite Locations and Quality (Key issue: Non-exclusive setting)
  • Track Alignment and Quality (Key issue: Track quality and wilderness experience)
  • Visitor Numbers (Key issue: Appropriateness of numbers)
  • Project Costs and Benefits (Key issue: Appropriateness of modelling)
  • Environmental Impact (Key issue: Development within Parks)

There were also some general items raised including the naming of the walk and the concern

raised by the local bushwalking community that the draft plan did not value them or their volunteer efforts.  Additional work is being undertaken to address some of the concerns.

If you require any further information about the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing Master Plan, please contact Parks Victoria via email at

Planning Timeline

  • Early discussions - 2014, 2015
  • Concept plan - Late 2015
  • Draft master plan - Nov 2016-Jan 2017
  • Review of submissions - February-April 2017
  • Consultation Summary report available - August 2017

Project plans and summaries

Phase 3: Draft Master Plan

Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing 2016 Draft Master Plan (PDF)
Consultation on the Draft Master Plan has now closed and a consultation summary report will be available shortly.

Draft Master Plan Summary for Consultation (PDF)

Environmental Risk Assessment - summary of key findings (PDF)
Biosis was contracted by Parks Victoria to prepare an environmental and cultural heritage risk assessment to assist with the route planning for the proposed Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing (FHAC study area). This report provides a summary of the key findings.

Phase 2: Concept Plan

Master Plan Preliminary Concept for Consutltation (PDF 7.2mb)

Phase 1: Early discussions

Overall the idea of an improved walking experience, with better facilities and protection of the park's natural and cultural values, was supported.

Phase 1 Consultation Report. (PDF 2MB)
This short report provides responses to some of the questions and concerns raised