Victoria has many tourist attractions, but one of the main things that people from all over the world come to enjoy is the skiing. Victoria has four ski resort villages that offer up some of the best snow skiing around, such as Mount Hotham, Mount Buller, Mount Buffalo and Falls Creek.
Mount Hotham is the highest resort in Victoria, with the entire resort being based on the top of the mountain you can only imagine that the village offers up some fantastic skiing. With ski slopes for beginners, intermediates and advanced everyone can have a go, have fun and feel safe. The resort is unique, with the village being close to the summit of the mountain, where you can find all of the accommodation, restaurants, pubs and shops. Hotham is about a 5 and half hour drive from Melbourne and 14 hours from Adelaide and just 9 hours from Sydney.
Mount Hotham is the only ski resort in Australia that has it very own airport for all guests to utilise. With over 92 ski runs, two snow parks and a variety of accommodation and other speciality shops within the village it really is a great place to come for your snow holiday. From skiing, snow tubing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, a kids club, tours and activities, everyone young and old are looked after at Hotham. There are some great cross country trails leading to Mt Feathertop, as well as across to Falls Creek. During the summer these trails are also popular amongst walkers and hikers. Other popular activities during the summer months, or when snow isn't present, include four wheel driving. Fishing is also popular, especially for Trout, with guided fishing tours available. The Mitta Mitta and Cobungra rivers are two popular locations for fishing. Abseiling and rock climbing is also possible, for anyone that wants to get their blood pumping. The Great Alpine Road is promoted as the highest bitumen road in Australia and the views are fantastic, which make for an enjoyable journey of cycling in the warmer months.
Mount Buller is located just 3 hours out of Melbourne and is the most accessible snow resort in Australia. Boasting amazing views and some fantastic ski runs is really is the ideal spot for your snow skiing holiday. No matter if you haven't been on ski's before or you are really advanced there are ski slopes to suit everyone's levels and ability. Mount Buller has over 300ha of all kinds of terrain, that will suit kids, snowboarders, cross country skiers and people that just love to shoot down the mountain side at great speed. With a fantastic snow making machine in place, visitors are always guaranteed of the perfect snow conditions and with 24 lifts in place to take you to the top of all the ski slopes you will never be just standing around waiting. Facilities within the village a great, you can find a medical centre, ATM's, snowboard and ski hire shops, clothing stores, retail outlets, restaurants, cafés and bars. Every snow activity is possible at Mount Buller and with a great kids club in place for the little one to learn under careful supervision of skilled instructors, mum and dad may even get some time to themselves. Even in summer the resort is still alive with a great range of outdoor activities to embark on such as hot air balloon rides, chairlift rides to the tops of the mountains, hiking, mountain biking, abseiling, 4WD adventures, fishing and horse riding.
Mount Buffalo is one of Victoria's oldest national parks and is just 320km north east of Melbourne. In winter snow blankets the plateau and attracts cross-country skiers to 11km of marked trails and extensive backcountry touring. Downhill skiing is available at Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley, the site of Australia's first ski tow in 1936. Snow play and tobogganing areas are also provided at Cresta Valley. During summer the park provides opportunities for walking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, picnicking, sightseeing, bike and horse riding, as well as rock-climbing, abseiling, and hang gliding for the more adventurous. The spectacular 300 meter high cliffs in the gorge area contain some world-famous rock climbs and hang gliders take advantage of the thermals spiraling upwards. Walking is one of the best ways to see Mount Buffalo and the spectacular views of the alps. Over 90 km of tracks traverse the park from short nature walks to longer more challenging walks to remote areas. There is also a range of accommodation opportunities available in the park. Visitors can camp amongst the snow gums on the shores of Lake Catani, stay in motel or lodge style accommodation at Buffalo Lodge at the foot of the ski slopes, or relax in the Chalet in guesthouse accommodation.
Falls Creek is not only the largest alpine resort in Victoria's but it is also a major tourist destination. With a range of winter activities, attractions and popular event throughout the year it proves to be a superb playground during winter and summer. With the snow season officially starting in June and continuing through till the end of September there is plenty of time to enjoy all that Falls Creek has to offer such as excellent ski runs for beginner, intermediates and advanced skiers, cross country skiers and snowboarders. Falls Creek has over 92 runs to test out while you are there and 14 lifts to help you do so. With 3 different terrain park and 1 pipe for the snowboarders there is something for everyone's skill and ability at Falls Creek. You will have the chance to ride of the steepest expert terrain in Australia or try out the 60km of cross country and back country skiing that has some spectacular views that is well worth checking out. In summer it all changes to activities such as hiking, cycling, mountain biking rides, fishing, abseiling and so much more.
Within the village at Falls Creek you can find it all from a medical centre, post office, ATM, cinema, gymnasium, snowboard and ski hire shops, day spa, restaurants, cafés and bars, and not to mention luxury accommodation to top it all off.
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