Mt Hotham is a highlight for many travelling The Great Alpine Road year-round, but during the non-Winter seasons, with generally easier driving conditions and less traffic, the alpine landscape transforms into a destination for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers. Numerous alpine peaks can be reached by using Mt Hotham as a base, including Mt Feathertop, known as the ‘Queen of the Alps’, and some say, the only true alpine peak on mainland Australia. Hiking out to Feathertop along The Razorback Ridge is truly one of the most rewarding alpine walks in Australia. At times the ridge is metres wide at best and 360 degree views are enjoyed most of the way. Although the hike out to the summit, 11kms each way, can be done in one day, camping overnight near Federation Hut is a memorable experience, with a dawn climb to the summit, on the bucket list of many. The final summit ridge hike is steep and should only be attempted in clear weather, or at least when cloud is not likely to obstruct your visibility, as the summit ridge is very narrow and has extremely steep sides, with names such as ‘Hellfire Gully’ and ‘Avalanche Gully’.