Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria

The moderate walk to Mount Tabletop passes through a variety of alpine vegetation, and there are good views from the summit plateau. Lots of wildflowers at the end of December when we went. A nice atmospheric walk.

Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria

The Mount Tabletop track is good way to experience Victorian High Country scenery for only moderate effort. There’s grassy plains, forests of snow gums, wildflowers in summer, views from the summit plateau, and even attractive flies. In fact quite a few flies in general (in summer). The walk is accessed on the Great Alpine Way past Mt Hotham village on the way to Dinner Plain.

 

View from the highest point on the Great Alpine Road.
Taken on the Great Alpine Road at the highest point, about 1840m. Looking from left to right there’s The Razorback Ridge and Mt Feathertop (centre back).
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
I’m not sure where this is, but I probably took the picture on the drive in. Typical Victorian high country scene I guess. It looks like the distinctive Mt Buffalo in the distance.

Track Notes

Parks Victoria have some good brochures on their website: choose the ‘Walks Around Feathertop Hotham Dinner Plain PDF‘ for this walk. There’s also track notes on Trail Hiking Australia.

When you get to the summit plateau the track markers eventually end, but you can continue for a short while for views over the eastern edge. We saw people continue further south as the plateau is sparsely vegetated enough that you can probably roam at will.

The Scenery

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Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
Snow gums.
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
Lots of wildflowers in some sections.
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
Very green for Australia.

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Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
The Dargo River Valley, taken from the eastern edge of Mt Tabletop.
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
Panorama of the Dargo River Valley, taken from the eastern edge of Mt Tabletop.
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
A resting place at the end of the track. (Or at least the track kind of petered out at this point.)
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
The eastern edge of Mt Tabletop.
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
There were lots of flies in the high country, most of them just very annoying, but this one was attractive and placidly sat there while I took a few photos.
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
Up on the Mt Tabletop plateau.
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
Looks a lot like a dandelion.

Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria

Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
Its usually impossible to get a proper shot of the very small flowers with my phone, but I got lucky with this one.
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
More of those numerous yellow flowers.
Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
Those yellow flowers up close.

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Mount Tabletop Track, Alpine NP Victoria
Did I mention the flies?

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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