If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting out of town to enjoy the last of the snow season, now is your chance. Just five hours outside of the Victorian capital, Falls Creek is a popular destination with the Melbournian ski-types.
The Victorian Alps may be unchartered territory for many Sydney-siders who typically opt for the NSW hot-spots; Thredbo and Perisher. Meanwhile, the quintessentially Australian landscape will be a breath of fresh air for international travellers. Eucalyptus trees blackened from bushfires against a powdery, white backdrop makes for spectacular scenery.
GETTING THERE FROM SYDNEY
It’s an easy 50-minute Qantas flight from Sydney to Albury. Visit Qantas.com.au.
Rent yourself a car at Albury airport and embrace the freedom driving through some stunning landscape – passing the pastoral pleasures of Mt. Beauty which lies at the base of the Victorian Alps. At a few bends along the 2-hour drive there’s the reward of a gorgeous view. Don’t forget to put some chains on the car for those winding, icy roads.
Alternatively, Falls Creek Coach Service offers $95 return fares to Falls Creek from Albury Airport.
Stop at the Mt Bogong lookout point. Expect a vista of the sun-drenched valley covered in blue-green bushland, and in the distance a glimpse of the snow-capped mountain that is home to Falls Creek ski village.
ACCOMODATION: Huski Luxury Apartments
The village feel of Falls Creek is quaint and communal, whilst the prevalence of ski-in-ski-out accommodation allows you to hit the slopes with ease.
Our group of six people had a comfortable stay in a sizable, yet cosy, three-bedroom lodging at Huski Luxury Apartment. The set up includes a master bedroom and two rooms with bunk beds and can easily accommodate eight guests. The apartment has a pleasant lounge room and well-appointed kitchen, so it’s perfect for a group of friends.
There are also studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and a four-bedroom penthouse apartment available on site. The location is ideal; you even have the convenience of walking straight through to the ski hire shop that sits behind Huski and you’ll be kitted out in no time.
For more information on Huski visit www.huski.com.au
DINING: Huski Lodge
Huski Lodge is a cosy Alpine cafe on the ground floor of the apartment building, which recently opened in 2015. The cafe offers the relaxed sophistication of a hip urban joint and an all day menu that will please most punters. There is a welcoming ambience with a light-filled interior, wooden furnishings, large shared table and brightly crafted walls. The warmth from the sunlight streaming through the vast windows is a wonderful contrast to the brisk air outdoors.
They make a decent cup of coffee that ought to be paired with one of their giant, freshly-baked muffins. I was tempted to settle in for the day with a good book and my poached pear, meringue muffin.
Breakfast is included for Huski residents. The simple breakfast selection offers a variety of warming and healthy options packed with energy for the high intensity day ahead. The house-made granola with rhubarb yoghurt and shredded apples proves that ski-holidays aren’t just about eating junk food. Although, if you are feeling decadent, there is always the gloriously cheesy croque monsieur.
SKIING + SNOWBOARDING
We enjoyed fair weather skiing complete with bright blue skies and the heavens prevailed with a little powder overnight. Beginners or those wanting an easy-going weekend will enjoy the delights of ‘Wombats Ramble’, which is Australia’s longest beginners run. Whilst powder hounds will be able to find some of the best runs Australia can offer – the menacingly named ‘Widow Maker’ might be of interest.
If you want a day off from skiing there are plenty of options from snowmobiling, backcountry tours and awe-inspiring scenic helicopter flights.
All information of Falls Creek attractions can be found here.
Skiing is a social activity, and dining out at the snow is one of the best ways to debrief on the triumphs and fails on the slopes. There is no better way to do that then après–ski.
At the end of the day, head down to the main chairlift for a warming pit-stop. Huddle around over a schnapps at Stingray, which boasts an Aspen-esque bar vibe for a casual post-ski tipple. You might notice an irresistible trail of cinnamon scent wafting down from the Village Bowl, that’ll be Snonuts Donuts and Pronto Kiosk. You won’t regret grabbing a few to share around as the soft, sugary dough is so warm it steams in the crisp mountain air.
Once you’ve freshened up and ready to hit the Falls Creek night scene, there are a few popular spots for dinner and drinks to venture out. These include; Milch Cafe, Feathertop Alpine Lodge, Elk Restaurant, Astra Lodge and Summit Ridge Restaurant.
If you’re interested in planning a Falls Creek getaway visit Falls Creek Official Website.
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