4WDriving in the High Country, 4x4 Mt Hotham!

Shepparton Alpine Club is ideally placed as a base for car activities, located in a sheltered location near the summit of Mt Hotham, nestled in the heart of Mt Hotham Resort.

 

Hotham Auto Corsa Tarmac Rally - 13-15 November 2015

This November Mount Hotham and the surrounding Alpine & Gippsland Shires in North Eastern Victoria will host two brand new motorsport events: The world's longest hillclimb and Australia’s first all-new major tarmac rally in five years.

Motorsport promoter Auto Corsa Group has worked with the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board to stage the events that will run concurrently over the weekend of 13-15 November 2015.

Auto Corsa Group Co-director, Stuart Benson, said the 29km Alpine Cup International Hillclimb would significantly outdistance the famed Pikes Peak event in the US, which at 19km is currently the world’s longest.

 "We wanted to offer something really special,” said the former Targa Tasmania designer and event director. “Provide an experience that would be a true test of man and machine like no other.”

The 241-corner tarmac trek has an elevation gain of around 1300 metres finishing at the summit of Mount Hotham, 1837 metres above sea level. Each driver will contest the course six times over the two days, totalling 171 competitive kilometres.

Mr Benson said the event had already received a high level of interest from a number of international competitors and local manufacturers.

An 11-stage tarmac rally comprising 250 competitive kilometres, will be held over the same weekend based at Mount Hotham taking in Falls Creek and closed roads around nearby towns including Harrietville, Mount Beauty and Omeo.

The Hotham Auto Corsa Alpine Tarmac Rally is expected to attract a field of some 200 cars with multiple Australian Rally Champion Simon Evans already signed on for the challenge.

"The roads of Hotham are one of Australia's best kept secrets," said Evans. "These events will include some of the most technical and challenging tarmac roads I've ever driven over and the scenery is just incredible.”

Both events also will take in a stretch of the 300km Great Alpine Road, Australia's highest sealed through-road between Wangaratta and Bairnsdale. Newly appointed Mt Hotham CEO, Jonathan Hutchins claims the event will highlight the Great Alpine Road as a year round touring destination. ”The natural vistas and sealed condition of the Great Alpine Road give it the potential to rival and even surpass Victoria’s other iconic travel route the Great Ocean Road. As a year round destination the North East of Victoria offers excitement and natural attractions for both domestic and international visitors.”

Chair of the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board, Deborah Spring, said motorsport was a great fit for Hotham – a destination that attracts more than 122,000 adrenalin-seeking skiers each year. Mt Hotham is one of only three Ski Resorts in the world that is built the top of the mountain and provides a very unique atmosphere for showcasing this style of event.

"As much as our visitors enjoying skiing Hotham's challenging slopes, the competitors of these events will love driving our roads.

“Importantly, there will also be some fantastic spots along each course for spectators to get close to the action.”

Ms Spring said the events would stimulate economic growth to the region to the tune of 5,000 additional bed stays during the green season.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our community to really take ownership of these events, which I am told are a much-welcomed addition to the Australian motor sport calendar."

This is the first time the Great Alpine Road, considered by many as one of the best driving roads in the southern hemisphere, has been closed specifically for an event of this type.

 

More information on how to enter visit www.autocorsa.com.auBe sure to book ahead! Speak with our booking officer. 

 

4WDriving in the High Country, 4x4 Mt Hotham!

Use 'Shep' as your base camp for forays into the surrounding Diamantina Valley, Feathertop, or as a launching place for walks to Dinner Plain. There are literally hundreds of 4WD tracks to be found, and many walks.

In Summer, the annual Beyond Hotham Experience at Dinner Plain attracts thousands of people! Be sure to book ahead! Speak with our booking officer about a deposit to secure our lodge for your group, for this year or for next year - we have great deals for the entire lodge, or for groups of at least 15 people.

The lodge does book out in peak times, so call us about your booking today!

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Do you know where the "possibly longest public access vehicle descent dead end track in Australia (over 1200 vertical metres) is? Explore the hidden treasures of the high country.

Make new friends, discuss your skills and spills on the hills and tracks and unwind in a happy atmosphere. Families will find it the best equipped and best presented ski club accommodation on the mountain. Children will have fun making new friends in our games room and they will always have someone to play with.

If you need a ‘quiet moment’ after a hectic day on the slopes, our bedrooms are large, quiet, many with views across the valley.

Shep has 7 rooms, 5 x 6-bed rooms and 2 x 4-bed rooms (total 38, all with ensuite), with a very large communal kitchen and eating area, open fireplace (one of the few), free wifi, AED (Automated External Defibrillator to keep the old ticker going) and a brilliant new deck looking straight out over the valley.

Contact our booking officer today! See rates

Being the highest alpine resort in Victoria, Hotham is blessed with a challenging range of 4WD tracks right on the door step. The tracks wind their way through rolling high plains, river crossings and razorbacks. You have never been 4WDing until you have experienced Hotham!

Mt Hotham plays host to some of the most sort after and challenging 4WD destinations in the Victorian high country and is the perfect base to uncover the raw natural beauty and fascinating history of the Alpine area. The popular Beyond Hotham event is back for 2015 and will be held as an 8 day event from the evening of Friday 13th to Saturday 21st March.

We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting this adventure style event and building the Beyond Hotham 4WD fraternity. Sharing these experiences with you has been a fantastic journey and we would love to continue the tradition.

Heading in to its eighth year, the event will be held at Mount Hotham Alpine Resort for March 14th and 15th as a weekend of day tours in the local area followed by a 6 day 4WD adventure encompassing North East Victoria and southern NSW Snowy Mountains. This tour will run from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st March and numbers are limited. The weekend will start with Friday night drinks and nibblies at The General Store Hotel where guests can catch up with old friends for a night of socializing. Event registration and a briefing will take place here also. The weekend will include 4WD Tag-Along day tours on Saturday and Sunday to regions such as Blue Rag, Red Rattlers, Dargo High Plains, Mt Murray and Buckland Valley, with experts on-board to give you advice and assistance when out on the tracks. Guest presenters will talk high country history and touring at a camp fire BYO BBQ Saturday evening with all the Beyond Hotham friends. After the Sunday tag along drive, casual dinner and drinks will be held at The General Hotel once more.

To cater for the adventurers that would like the opportunity for a longer trip, the day trip weekend will then be followed with a 6 day tag along adventure. Thank you to Graham Harris who, in the spirit of Beyond Hotham, 'Friends forged through journeys travelled', will bring along his expertise and experience to deliver a fantastic 6 day tag along program that will run from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st March. All Beyond Hotham regulars as well as new timers are invited to attend this exciting trip that will explore the North East Victorian High Country and the Southern NSW Snowy Mountains. Visit historical sites such as Kennedy and McNamara's Huts, camp at Native Dog Flat, Tom Groggin and Dart River, experience the stunning views from high mountain tracks like Mt Elliot Ridge Track and Mt Pinnibar then cross wide open spaces including Bentley, Davies and Nunniong Plains. Travelling over 600km in the week the trip will start and finish at Mount Hotham Alpine Resort, encompassing our beautiful surrounding Alpine areas.

The cost of the full BYO 8 day camping 4WD adventure is $450.00 inc GST. The program is flexible for those guests that would like to attend just the weekend events for $200.00 in GST or just the 6 day adventure at $250.00 inc GST.

Please visit www.beyondhotham.com.au to download the 2015 Registration Form and Program. Registration for this event closes on the 28th February 2015 and limited places are available so get in quick.

Hope you can join us for the 2015 adventure,

The Beyond Hotham Team.

Get accommodation here. Ski club lodges sich as Shepparton Alpine Club are ideal for 4WD clubs interested in booking a venue for their members. With their commercial sized kitchen and cosy lounges, they are the perfect place to relax with fellow club members at the end of a fantastic day’s driving.

Trips have a capacity of 10 vehicles, so get your registration form in early to avoid disappointment. All registrations must be received by March 1.

 

4WD and off-road tours at Hotham
If you would like to explore the area in the comfort of an off-road tour, try:
North East Off Road Tours - provide day tours, camping tours and tagalong tours.
Contact Shaun Maiden (03) 5727 3382 or 0418 579 218. Website: www.neoffroadtours.com.au
Silverstream Backcountry Tours - Kim & Liz Burt (03) 5759 2666 or 0418 844 212