If you’re attending the festival you will need to organise your own accommodation.
Here are a few ideas which may assist.
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.
Accommodation off mountain is often cheaper, with plenty of options from Harrietville downriver to Bright.
The Snowline Hotel in Harrietville is offering a 10% discount on accommodation in August and September to backcountry festival registrants. There is a promotional code in their accommodation booking system. If you book direct on line at https://book.resonline.com.au/make-booking?ap=399629 and put promo code “backcountry’ this will unlock the discount deal.
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.
Dinner Plain has a lot of houses to rent. Check the accommodation services here.