What to expect:

Your Snowshoe to Fondue dinner experience starts with a 20 minutes (450m) snowshoe walk through the mystic snow gums, to encapsulate a sense of remoteness and immerse oneself in the Australian alpine environment. On your way you will hear stories about the Australian Alps pioneers.

Arriving just before sunset at our sustainable hidden eco-village, you’ll enjoy a delicious heart warming glass of home-made mulled wine outside by the fire, watching the sun disappear over the Dargo valley.

You will then be invited in the central tipi with a fireplace, where you will learn the secrets to making a traditional and mouth-watering French fondue, with cheese imported for the occasion from French Alpine farms.

After a 3 course dinner we will sit around the fire sharing a few drinks and stories (maybe even some dancing).

Fit your snowshoes and head-torch once more for the return journey to the carpark, gazing at the stars. This full evening experience finishes around 9:00pm and no later than 23:30.

Included in your dinner experience:

– Snowshoes and Headtorch
– Guided snowshoe tour – 30 minutes with stories and inside knowledge on French/Australian alps history
– First glass of heart-warming home-made Gluhwein (hot spiced red wine) by the fire
– 3 course dinner including home-made soup, French cheese fondue, and cake
– Guided return walk to wire plain carpark


At the Eco-Village:
Our eco-village is set-up in the wilderness of Hotham. Everything is carried in and out by man power to reduce our impact on the fragile alpine environment. We are completely off the grid, but for your comfort the eco-village are able to offer the following services:

Limited Power

Heated Tipi

Hand Washing facilities

Fully Licensed (No BYO)

The best French fondue!

3G / 4G

Dry Toilets

Warm Drinks

CC payment

Smoke alarms

Vegetarian meals

Rates & details :

Tours running Wed – Sun. through the ski season.
Starts at 4:30pm (June, July) 5:00pm (Aug -Sep), return approx. 9:30pm

Free Hotham bus to Wireplain, carpark available or catch a bus from Dinner Plain.
From $109pp full dinner experience.
Child rates available.
Group discounts and special events available.

Alpine Nature Experience is fully licenced. Strictly no BYO

Our menu is fully vegetarian. Please note, due to the nature of the experience, only vegan and gluten free dietary requirements are available on request, at an extra cost. Make sure you specify this when booking. For the same reasons we are unable to provide a different menu for children.

Bookings essential. Same day bookings must be before 2pm.

This activity is not recommended for children under the age of 4. If you would like to take a child under 4 for one of our evening adventures please get in touch with us prior to booking.

“The Alpine Nature Experience – Snow Shoe to Fondue night was so wonderful! Jean-Francois and his team have created a magical little place on the high plains, and you really feel like you’re a million miles away from anything. Wonderful food and hospitality, could not recommend this highly enough if you want a unique and memorable experience in the snow.”


Stephanie Bateman – Facebook review

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