Falls Creek is a magical winter wonderland and true ski-in ski-out European style village, right in the heart of the Hume region in North Eastern Victoria. The best part of Falls Creek is the ease of accessibility out of South East Queensland. Surprisingly, Falls Creek is the closest ski resort to Brisbane. Catch a flight from Brisbane into Melbourne or Albury, hire a car for scenic driving and maybe add a sneaky stop at a winery on the way while exploring Ned Kelly country. Arriving at the magical resort of Falls Creek is quite the experience, particularly with the oversnow-taxi transporting holiday-goers to their various apartments, chalets and hotels around the snowbound village.
Of course, the main purpose for visiting Falls Creek is the skiing. For mid-week snow holidays, a full five days on the snow is ideal. Refresher lessons get the ski legs back into action. For beginners, daily lessons are a must with ski school available, featuring specialised learn-to-ski programmes. There are plenty of snow activities on offer, from night shows with fireworks, a snow play park, snowshoeing, snow tubing, tobogganing and bocce. Also try the snow mobile tour and experience the Bogong High Plains – the views are spectacular. For the sunset tour, make sure to dress warm. Experienced snow-goers can catch a helicopter and experience the steep thrills Hotham has to offer – with the same lift pass. A gorgeous ten-minute scenic flight to the heart of Hotham with challenges on some serious terrain can all be organised from the resort. Or just go for lunch.
Falls Creek’s charm and character is a winner, no matter the skiing or boarding ability. The true magic of Falls Creek Resort means skiing during the day and dining at night with over 35 options to choose from for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between ski runs. Consider ‘snonuts’ for a mid-morning snack – snow lingo for donuts – Milch Café for lunch, dinner next to the open fireplace at Elk Restaurant and Happy Harvey Hour at the Falls Creek Hotel with drinks and après live music. Falls Creek is the ultimate alpine getaway.
Photographer: Charlie Brown Photography