There is something quite magical about a misty snow-covered mountain landscape and you’ll find plenty of magic in the Victorian snowfields. A winter playground, there is something here for every member of the family, whether they’re experienced skiers or experiencing their very first time in the snow. Here, a full range of snow sports can be enjoyed by the whole family in a safe and healthy setting.
As well as skiing, boarding, and tobogganing, resorts are also continually developing new activities like snow tubing – a fun sport that involves sitting inside a large rubber inner tube and bouncing down a dedicated slope.
Snow shoeing is another non-ski/board activity and a great way to discover the alpine environment and explore snow gum forests and mountain peaks. Plus all snow resorts have areas where you can throw snowballs, build snowmen or toboggan.
When the sun goes down you’ll enjoy some of the country’s best foods and wines, or if you just want some time away from the fun of the slopes, you’ll find plenty of history and culture, a full complement of delicious and soothing spa treatments, and the magnificent high country to explore.
In the surrounding towns of Bright, Mansfield, Rutherglen, Beechworth and Mount Beauty you’ll find heaps to do including visiting some of Australia’s best cool-climate wineries, an incredible array of gourmet foods, arts and crafts, and some fantastic relics of the region’s pioneer and gold rush history. This is, of course, is Ned Kelly country.
Take a few days to discover the Great Alpine Road, a scenic 308 kilometre route which takes you through some of the most breathtaking country in Australia.
Mt Buller is the most accessible major snow resort in Australia, located within easy driving distance of Melbourne. At Mt Buller you can enjoy an extensive range of special alpine experiences. Explore the alpine landscape on a guided snow shoe walk, or hire a toboggan and tackle the thrills of the downhill course.
Mt Buller has had a fascinating history, being transformed from a cattleman’s run into Australia’s premier alpine resort. Learn about the mountain’s original characters and marvel at an eclectic collection of ski memorabilia at the National Alpine Museum.
You don’t have to be a skier or boarder to explore the mountain, simply jump on either the Horse Hill or Blue Bullet 1 chairlifts and enjoy a breathtaking ride across Mt Buller’s slopes.
Or, take a walk with Mt Buller's little folk! The Mt Buller Gnome Roam takes visitors on a tour of the mystical gnome world of the mountain village where they will catch a glimpse of resident Mt Buller gnomes, learn about their favourite places to play as well as some interesting facts about the gnome way of life.
Falls Creek, on the other hand, is Victoria’s largest alpine resort and offers skiing for all abilities and a huge range of activities both day and night. If it's adventure you're after, terrain parks with Australia's best pipes, as well as rails and jumps, then Falls Creek is the place to be.
Enjoy the thrill of a ride on a Snow Bike, try your luck at the Snow Tubing Park or take a turn on a toboggan. Plus you'll find Snocce (a special form of bocce on the snow), snowman making competitions, kite boarding, a cinema, the spectacular night shows and so much more.
The resort has the longest beginner run in Australia, in Wombat's Ramble, which has snow-making right down its entire length.
From the snow bungy trampolines to the skate ramp, from cafes and retail shopping, to bars, bands and dining, through to massages and pampering, Falls offers so much winter fun, you may never want to leave.
We have some great availability at two of the area’s most well-placed resorts:
Situated against the magnificent backdrop of the Australian Alps, Bright is one of Victoria's top leisure and recreational centres and is famous for its breathtaking scenery and wealth of all year round activities. In autumn, the trees are a blaze of never to be forgotten colours During winter the major snowfields of Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buffalo are an hour away.
The resort is set on five acres of natural bushland in a semi-rural setting and features 34 single storey units, swimming pool, indoor spa, sauna, miniature trains, mini golf, lawn bowls, games room, adults only lounge, tennis courts, volley ball, basket ball, children’s playground and there’s the famous Pancake Breakfast.
Local walks, golf, bowls, canoeing, tennis, swimming, gold panning, horse riding, skiing and fishing are just some of the activities available in Bright. Go back in time to see the gold rush towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah, or explore nearby Glenrowan or Boyton's winery. Shop in a friendly atmosphere, or dine at one of the numerous restaurants or cafes.
Mansfield Country Resort
Mansfield Country Resort, situated on the shores of Lake Eildon, with plenty of wide open space for the whole family to enjoy, has plenty to offer all year round. Set on 35 hectares in a natural bushland setting, Mansfield Country Resort is within easy reach of the most spectacular Victorian countryside and breathtaking high country.
Not far from the resort is the vibrant town of Mansfield, with hospitality the cornerstone of its existence, there are more than 200 retailers for you to enjoy. The Mt Buller ski-fields are just a 50 minute drive from the resort, Mt Stirling and the Australian Alps beckon, and the blue Range provides a panorama of spectacular proportions.
Resort facilities include BBQ areas, children’s playground and pool, convenience store, games room, gymnasium, spa, sauna, squash court, swimming pool, tennis court and mini golf.
Local attractions include historic townships, wineries, festivals and rodeos, horse rides into the magnificent high country, bush walks and 4 wheel driving.
For a magical winter experience, visit Alpine Victoria and discover a wealth of history, spectacular scenery, unlimited activities and as much fun in the snow as you can handle.