If you’re attending the festival you will need to organise your own accommodation.
Please note that this year it will be a three day festival, so if you can afford the time, please come up on Thursday September 3. There will be events through to (and including) Sunday evening September 6.
Here are a few ideas which may assist.
Announcement for 2020 festival: this year we will have an organised camp site for participants who want to be ‘on snow’ for the weekend. This may be at JB Plain or another location, with a short walk/ ski in. Details will be posted here as they are developed. First timers will be most welcome to attend, and we will aim to offer some guidance and help for people who haven’t snow camped before.
If you’re thinking of camping out during the festival, the primo ‘above snowline with car camping’ option is at JB Plain. This is on the Great Alpine Road between Hotham village and Dinner Plain (close to the Dinner Plain End). This is within the Alpine National Park. Please ensure you take all rubbish with you. Permits are not required.
There is a spot to park on the side of the road. Please be aware that there is only limited spaces so use them wisely, and make sure you’re safely off the road.
It’s a short walk into the trees, which provide a sheltered spot for camping.
There is a hut for hanging out, and potentially, cooking in, but Parks Victoria prefers people to camp if staying at JB Plain.
There is a simple ‘outhouse’ toilet.
It is a 2 km ski to Dinner Plain, where there is a public shelter, toilets, and the wonderful Mountain Kitchen, who do a great breakfast. A bus runs from Dinner Plain to Big D (very close to the festival gathering point at The General) and Hotham Central, and you can park your car at Dinner Plain. You will need a bus pass, which can be purchased from the ski store on the big roundabout in DP village.
Accommodation off mountain is often cheaper, with plenty of options from Harrietville downriver to Bright.
The Snowline Hotel is in Harrietville.
The lodges are the cheaper option at Hotham. Search ‘lodges Mt Hotham’.
The Hotham resort website has lots of options for on-mountain accommodation (go to the ‘accommodation’ section in top menu.
As happened in 2019, we expect to be able to offer some deals in lodges for festival participants. We will advertise these here as they are organised.
Alpine Accommodation & Travel – Hotham Lodge Specialist
“Alpine accommodation & Travel was set up by former long time Hotham local Lindsay (aka Wookie) Hynes & his wife Jennifer. After having their Daughter 2 years ago Jen wanted to get back into doing what she loved, planning holidays and where better to holiday than our Alpine resorts so she quit her job in accounts and set up Alpine Accom!
We work with quite a number of lodges ranging from budget through to all inclusive lodges.
We don’t just book lodges we also have a large range of apartments & chalets at both Hotham & Dinner Plain.
With over 25 seasons experience let our team help you book the perfect accommodation for you, your family & your friends”.
The Snowbird Inn
“The Snowbird Inn is located opposite Hotham Central, has 26 bunk rooms with en-suite bathrooms, drying room, and lounge area with open fire and kitchenette facilities.
Adjacent to the Snowbird Inn, you can also organise breakfast with your booking or enjoy the convenient location and join us for lunch or apres drinks in the bar”.
Book via phone or look us up on the web!
Phone1800 659 00
Many festival participants stayed at Bembooka last year. You can find out more and book here.
Dinner Plain has a lot of houses to rent. Check the accommodation services here.
[Please note: we have no financial relationship with any of these providers. This information is supplied to help you with your planning for the festival].