We often associate Australia with
the sun, beach and sand but we forget that Australia has so much more to offer.
In particular, we have snow and some of the best mountains in the world… Mt
Buller is of those places and from June to September this mountain is home to
snow, food and a thriving community that wants you to come and join the fun.
On a recent visit, we had the
good fortune of a 50cm snow dump the night before and continued to fall throughout
our stay. What more could you ask for… except blue skies which we got too. This
was a perfect few days away at the snow.
With a range of places to
stay with everything from budget to luxury you can surely find something that
will fit your budget for yourself or a few friends. We had the opportunity to
stay at Black Forest Lodge, a three-bedroom lodge nestled into the heart of the
village with a great little ski-in-ski-out spot. It is a little private hideaway
that really lets you enjoy everything Mt Buller has to offer.
But there is so much more to Mt
Buller than great snow, the village is filled with great things to keep you entertained
when not hitting the slopes. From the National Australian Alpine Museum,
AirZone – trampoline centre that lets you get some serious air, the Alpine
Cinema – yes they have a cinema that sits 180 people for the latest
blockbusters but be sure to check their Facebook page for movie times and what’s
showing, Australian Sled Dogs Tours – home to a slew of rescued Huskies that
can take you on a magical trip across the mountain or simple meet and greets
where you can get a few cuddles in and even more photos with the dogs. But for
us the one we wanted to indulge in was Breathtaker on High Spa, hidden beneath Breathtaker
Hotel the spa is home to a range of traditional spa treatments as well as a 30m
lap pool, a heated spa and a sauna. This was the perfect way to finish a day of
skiing or snowboarding especially if you’ve had a few falls – we can’t recommend
this more highly.
Now let’s talk food. Over the last little while Mt Buller has had a
rejuvenation with the makeover of Kooroora Hotel which has opened just in time
for this season. But they have also welcomed a slew of new places to indulge in
from the Birdcage, Black Cockatoo, The Villager and The Loft Bar at
Breathtakers. Not to mention Koflers and Tirol Lodge, both on the hill, are great
places to stop into for a break when carving up the snow. We did just that and
had an early lunch at Tirol helping ourselves to a bowl of fettucine carbonara,
wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce, a couple of toasted sandwiches and
milkshakes… so much for a lite snack but well worth it. A little tip is either
head in early or later in the afternoon, it can get really busy during the
lunch peak but either way still worth it.
While a day trip is sometimes
all you can manage, we recommend you stay up on the mountain. It offers an
entirely different experience for your stay, from the day-to-day activities and
the food but simply the opportunity to wake up with amazing views is an opportunity
you shouldn’t pass up.
With the season extended
until the 6th of October, you have even more time to get your snow
fix in this season.