Australia Victoria - Falls Creek

where to stay and play


Eating: Falls Creek has some sensational restaurants in its village that are either stand-alone or attached to commercial lodges. Among the better ones are The Gully at Huski, Summit Ridge, Astra and Winterhaven.

On mountain: Variable offerings for food on-mountain; one that stands out is the Gateway Café near the base of the Gully Chair and International Poma – good coffee, breakfasts and lunches and great burgers; it also opens occasionally for dinner. Because the village is ski-in and ski-around, Café Milch at Frueauf Village also qualifies as an on-mountain option.

Nightlife: Watch the bars for live music, you might also find it at The Man and the Frying Pan where the DJs also spin the disks. Milch, Astra and the Falls Creek Hotel are also bars worth a visit.

Accommodation: There are 4745 beds on-mountain and the majority of the accommodation is ski-in/ski-out.

Upmarket beds: Some good choices here. For lodge-style accommodation look at beautifully built, well-fitted and well-run lodges like Astra, Summit Ridge and Nelse. Attunga also has claims here. For self-catering apartment-style accommodation Frueauf Village is the choice – a sensational ski in/ski out location high in the village and Café Milch gives it a hip beating heart. Woodsmoke and Fjall are also worth considering and if you stay there, you don’t have to use the oversnow service.

Middle ground: For self-catering, there is broad choice in apartments with some very well located, like Cedarwood or Alpine View and Snow Ski in the bowl. Gebi’s Apartments is another - right next to the International Poma and Gateway Cafe. Very good range in lodges with most offering bed, breakfast and dinner. Look at Cooroona, Diana and Feathertop.

Shoestring: For club-style self-catering accommodation in a commercial setting, Viking Alpine Lodge is a good option. Other choices are Ripparoo or Alpha.

Nearest towns: Bogong Village 15 kilometres, Mount Beauty, 28 kilometres.

Base facilities: There are two key shopping areas – the Hub on the main village road, and Foodworks near the base of the Falls Express quad chair. For fresh fruit and vegetable lovers, try Vegitation in Mount Beauty before you head up the hill.

 

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There's a lot to like about ski lifts, and the people who make them.

Life is full of ironies. The Alps got the snow and Russia got the Olympics.

Meet the fashion victims; a whole winter world of them.