Walk through the Snow Gums for a spectacular mountain view
In the summer months after the snow has melted, the Victorian high country becomes sprinkled with colour as the alpine plants begin to bloom. Bushwalking is a great activity for getting out and exploring the alpine area in flower and to see the spectacular views across the mountain ranges.
The view across the mountains on the Room with a View bushwalk
At Dinner Plain, a cute alpine village surrounded by Snow Gums just 20 minutes from Mount Hotham, there are plenty of bushwalks to choose from. A Room With a View is a short walk with a lovely view – and at only three kilometres long, it's one that can easily be fit in around other activities, or used to stretch the legs during a scenic mountain drive.
In summer there's lots of wildflowers to see along the way
The walk is fairly flat, especially considering the mountainous location, with a few undulating and very short steeper sections, and is relatively well-marked. But like all walking in the high country, it's very important to be prepared and careful as the weather can change quickly, even in summer. Bring appropriate clothing and footwear, drinks/food, and let someone know where you are going.
If you've parked at Dinner Plain, there are information signs and maps of the walk near the day parking area and toilet block.
The track itself begins on the other (north) side of the Great Alpine Road to Dinner Plain, so cross over the road carefully to start.
The walk begins as an out-and-back track. It passes through picturesque Snow Gum woodlands and open grassy clearings. Keep your eye out for alpine daisies, lilies, orchids and other wildflowers. Near the start of the track is a picnic table next to a small dam - a lovely spot for a picnic.
After a short distance, the track splits into a loop. Head left here to follow the loop around through the vegetation to a clearing. This is the 'Room with a View' - a great spot to sit, relax and savour the view. On a clear day, the view takes in the Cobungra River valley, with iconic mountains in the background including Mount Hotham and Mount Feathertop.
Catching a glimpse of the view through the Snow Gums