UPDATE 2020: Falls Creek is running "business as unusual" for its 2020 season. Guests will need to buy lift tickets then purchase accommodation and resort entry. Falls Creek will be reopening its lifts on June 29 conditions permitting. Read more here.
Falls Creek is Victoria's largest alpine resort and is a treasure trove for cross-country skiers. Unlike other ski resorts, Falls Creek closes its on-mountain roads to vehicles for the majority of the ski season, allowing for an authentic, ski-in, ski-out experience from lifts to village.
Distance from Melbourne: 4.5hrs northeast
Good for: Those who are keen to practise downhill and cross-country skiing, and snowboarding, There's also tobogganing, night skiing and some epic terrain parks for the thrill-seekers.
Falls Creek's ski season runs from the Queen's Birthday weekend in June through to early October.
Book online for resort entry starting at $51.50 and during off-peak periods (June and mid-late September) for discounted lift passes. Adult lift passes start at $118 for a single day pass, and children can get a pass for around $101. Full-time uni students can get half-price lift passes on Mondays and Fridays for an extended weekend. Plus, night skiing is just $20 for adults and $10 per child. NB: Lift tickets from June 24, 3030 until July 12, 2020 are currently sold out.
Where to stay
Falls Creek offers a range of accommodation options including numerous apartments and lodges only metres away from the lifts. Ski or board right up to your doorstep, pull off your boots and step onto heated floors in a luxurious private apartment with open fireplace, in the heart of the resort. Perks like private balconies with outdoor hot tubs ensure that you get to enjoy mountain views without the frostbite. Chalet guests get access to indoor heated swimming pools, hydrotherapy communal spas, saunas and games rooms. Complimentary breakfast is often included, and lodges are connected to adjoining bars and restaurants to satisfy the post- or pre-shredding hunger.
Check out the Falls Creek Hotel for hotel-style accommodation just 100 metres to the nearest chairlift. All rooms include a four-course dinner and a cooked-to-order breakfast. There's also the sleek and spacious QT Falls Creek ti check out.
Private apartments, chalets and hotels within the village will set you back in the high hundreds to $1k per night and above. Opt for communal lodges over private apartments for around the $150 mark. Still centrally located within the resort village, lodges are found metres away from major lifts.
Budget options involve inevitably travelling to and from nearby towns such as Harrietville, Bright and Mount Beauty. Stay in Harrietville's Mountain View Holiday Retreat for $135 per night twin share with an ensuite bathroom. The retreat includes all the necessary facilities, heating and the added bonus of a hot tub before heading onwards to ski at either Mt Hotham or Falls Creek.
What to do in the off-season
Falls Creek is home to the expected mountaintop summertime activities including mountain biking and hiking for visitors of all skill levels. Additionally, you can rent a canoe and paddle across Rocky Valley Lake, Australia’s highest lake.
You can even explore the high country by horseback on a guided tour. There’s plenty to explore with an 18-hole golf course, wineries, paragliding, hang gliding and 4WD tracks around the Kiewa Valley and surrounding mountainous region.