Indigenous land

We acknowledge that the festival at Mt Hotham happens on Aboriginal land that was never ceded. We recognise the continuing connection to land, water and community by a number of Nations. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

The Gunaikurnai people have been recognised by the Federal Court as the native title holders over certain lands within the Resort.

Mt Hotham sits at the boundary of at least two Nations. The majority of the boundary between Gunaikurnai and Taungurung country is the Great Dividing Range.

Gunaikurnai and Taungurung people have “agreed that waters flowing south are Gunaikurnai and waters flowing north are Taungurung, but that we could also share Country.”

(Source: Right People for Country)

It is known that the principal language groups in the Mt Hotham region included the Gunaikurnai, Dhudoroa and the Jaitmathang.