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Environmental Management

The RMB manages the alpine environment within the resort, and our role  includes pest predator and weed control programs. We also manage and participate in specific programs to protect endangered species such as the iconic Mountain Pygmy-Possum.


To date over 100 indigenous fauna have been found and recorded within the Resort! Mt Hotham is home to native Australian mammals, such as the Mountain Pygmy Possum, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Black-tailed Wallaby, Platypus, Short Beak Echidna, Common Wombat, Common Ringtail and Brushtail Possums, Mainland Dusky Antechinus, Broad-tooth Rat and Bush Rat and numerous species of small bats.

In fact, it was at Mt Hotham that the Mountain Pygmy Possum, once believed to be extinct, was discovered within the University Ski Club in 1966. Since this discovery more populations of Mountain Pygmy Possum have been discovered within the resort and are carefully monitored for their conservation. Recently a second 'Tunnel of Love' was constructed to allow the possums to cross under The Great Alpine Road.

You'll also be able to spy a variety of birds on the mountain such as the Wedge Tail Eagle, Magpie, Kookaburra, Nankeen Kestrel, Superb Lyrebird, Crimson Rosella, Flame Robin and a variety of Honeyeaters. Mt Hotham is also home to numerous alpine reptiles, such as the She-Oak Skink, the Mountain Galaxias Fish and the Alpine Tree Frog. There are also a number of introduced species within the resort such as the rabbit, hare, fox, deer and cat that pose a significant threat to our amazing Aussie wildlife. 


Between November and February Mt Hotham bursts into flower thanks to its rich alpine species diversity. The Resort stocks several books that can help you identify species as you explore, and a self-guided ecology walk brochure is available to help you identify communities of significance. With over 400 native species, many of which are unique to the Australian alps, it's a sight you won't soon forget.

Much of the flora within the Resort is indigenous, from the Snow Gums that dominate the upper slopes to the Alpine Ash and Mountain Gum which populate the woodlands downslope and the Snow Daisy and Horny Snow-grass that are common in snow patch communities. 

Environmental Management Programs

Mt Hotham RMB undertakes a range of environmental management programs including pest predator control and weed management. 

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Environmental Management Plan

Mt Hotham RMB's Environmental Management Plan broadly classifies five themes of environmental values being Production, Waste and Consumption; Atmosphere; Land Management; Biodiversity and Threatened Species; and Water.

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Mt Hotham Flora Guide

The Mt Hotham Flora Guide was prepared by the Resort Management's Environment team and is the perfect way to identify the many beautiful flowers you find as you hike Mt Hotham's fabulous tracks and trails.

The guide also provides information about the mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs that rely on the local flora for food and habitat.

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Dogs and pets at Mt Hotham

No pets apart from dogs can be brought into the Mt Hotham resort area, and dogs can only be brought in with a permit.  Exclusions apply for registered guide dogs, assistance dogs and people transporting a dog through the Resort. No permits are available for one-off stays in the resort.

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Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines, Offsets & Native Vegetation Removal  

Please see our Building Permits page for more information about these requirements associated with property developments.

Please also see our Essential Safety Measures page for more information on Native Vegetation Removal for bushfire protection.