Dinner Plain Victoria
Dinner Plain is a small town located in the high country of the Victorian Alps near Mt Hotham that has the ambience of a cute alpine village. Dinner Plain is somewhat unique in that it’s the only Australian freehold settlement that sits above the snowline, and the combination of the snow, the snow gums, and the architecture of the Dinner Plain accommodation makes it incredibly attractive.
The buildings and houses have all been designed to fit in with the local environment. There is lots of stonework, natural timbers, and corrugated iron, and an emphasis on natural colours. Many of the chalets exude rustic elegance and are significantly more upscale than the high country cattlemen huts that they were supposedly inspired by! The culture and vibe of Dinner Plain has some similarities to the architecture; low key yet sophisticated. This is the place to completely escape the craziness of urban life and relax in style and comfort!
The charming village was only conceived in 1985, yet it has a long history as a spot where cattleman would stop to graze the cattle and the coaches between Omeo and Bright would stop on the plain to have dinner.
Dinner Plain Victoria is a great winter holiday destination in its own right or as a base to ski Mt Hotham
Where is Dinner Plain Australia?
Dinner Plain is located just off the Great Alpine Road, 11km southeast of Mount Hotham
, which is 381km northeast of Melbourne (approximately 4.5-5 hour drive) and 710km southwest of Sydney. The Hotham Airport is only 10km to the east, which receives direct flights from Sydney. Transfers between the airport and DP are available.
Many people drive between Dinner Plain and Hotham to go skiing (extortionate parking fees apply!) or there’s a regular bus service that connects Hotham and DP.
Dinner Plain Ski Area
Dinner Plain has one little groomed downhill ski slope serviced by a platter lift, which is only 175 metres long so the kids are always within coo-eee distance. The beginners’ slope is rather gentle. There’s one slightly pitchy area in the middle of the Dinner Plain ski slope
, but it’s short lived so the run is still perfect for the kids, novices, and anyone else who wants to warm up on the baby slope before hitting the challenging runs at Mt Hotham ski resort
. The Dinner Plain ski run is also great for foul weather days because it’s reasonably sheltered relative to Hotham.
Dinner Plain Accommodation
The accommodation at Dinner Plain tends to provide much better value for money than Mt Hotham accommodation. The majority of the Dinner Plain accommodation
consists of self-contained apartments, chalets and houses with plenty of living space to chill out, so the lodging is well suited to families or groups of friends. All the properties have the distinctive DP architecture and many have interiors that are akin to a rustic ski lodge with gorgeous open fireplaces. Some of the newer houses provide luxurious modern décor.
For those travelling solo or in pairs there are only very limited options. These include a hotel, a shared lodge, and a handful of studio apartments. There’s negligible Dinner Plains accommodation for the mega budget oriented. Those travelling on a shoestring can find lots of shared ski lodge options at Mt Hotham.
||Dinner Plain Accommodation
|Various self-contained chalets, houses and apartments. All have kitchens, separate dining & living areas and offer free on-site parking. Most properties have a wood burning open fire and some lodges have a spa bath or hot tub...
||Peppers Rundells Hotel (4-Star)
|Hotel rooms and self-contained 2 bedroom chalets for 2 to 5 guests located in central village. There is an on-site hot tub, sauna, guest lounge with fireplace, up-market restaurant and cozy bar. Free wifi is also available to guests....
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|Homely lodge with 2 bedrooms (queen & 2 singles) plus a loft (4 singles) & 2 bathrooms. Features open fireplace, deck, sep. dining & living area. Located centrally in the village 5 mins walk to all facilities in DP...
The “commercial precinct” of Dinner Plain is very small but it’s all about quality not quantity! There are several dining options, a few of which serve up cuisine that is absolutely exquisite. For family friendly meals you can head to the Dinner Plain Hotel, whilst the Mountain Kitchen is the
café to head to for daytime fare and produce. There are a few spots for a sophisticated drink and a couple of pubs where the nightlife can get rather festive.
Dinner Plain has three retail ski shops that also hire out snow equipment. The village also has a licensed grocery store and babysitting services are available.
Dinner Plain Activities
In addition to general snow play and downhill skiing and snowboarding on the Dinner Plain ski slope, there are various other winter activities on offer. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are popular, with easy groomed trails that loop around the DP village. For more serious cross country skiers, there are also Nordic skiing trails that connect Dinner Plain and Mt Hotham.
Another popular Dinner Plain winter activity is tobogganing on the “Peashooter” slope.
Dinner Plain is relaxing enough in itself, but if you want the ultimate in indulgence, head to the Onsen day spa for a massage or treatment.
When the snow melts and the green season starts, Dinner Plain activities include bush walking, mountain bike riding on some great new trails, and tennis. There are often some great activities on for Easter as well as special bike riding events throughout summer.
Summary of Pros and Cons of Staying at DP
- Dinner Plain is very family-oriented.
- The town has a great vibe and a special feeling of community.
- DP is a great place to relax in front of the fire at your lodge or head out to indulge in fine food. It’s a fabulous destination to escape the craziness of urban life.
- The village is much more protected from inclement weather compared to Mt Hotham. It’s easier to take the kids outside to make a snowman, go skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, or just stroll around the village.
- For large groups, the accommodation at Dinner Plain provides better value for money than at Hotham. The other advantage is that you can drive your car right to the door of your accommodation, unlike much of the accommodation at Mt Hotham where you have to haul your gear up stairs, across snow, and up and down hills. And if you can’t bear to leave your fur kids in someone else’s care there are some lodgings that allow dogs.
- The obvious con is the daily commute required to get to Mt Hotham.
- The natural snowfall at Dinner Plain isn’t that reliable so sometimes skiing on the little beginners’ slope isn’t possible, but the new snowmaking guns have alleviated this problem somewhat.
- There are very limited Dinner Plain accom options for those on a tight budget.