Victoria’s ski fields are a hub of wintersport in Australia. Boasting some of the most popular alpine resorts in the country, there’s no better place than Victoria’s snow-capped mountains to enjoy the seasonal great outdoors.
From skiing to tobogganing, incredible food and wine and charming alpine villages, Victoria’s ski fields offer a little something for everyone – and a road trip from Mt Buller to Mt Hotham lets you explore the best ski fields and hidden gems of Victoria's great outdoors at your own pace.
Feeling antsy? Sounds like it's time for you to pick up a car hire from Melbourne and hit the road – get the most from your trip with our guide to Victoria's winter wonderland.
Known as the most accessible snow resort in Australia, Mt Buller has everything you need to enjoy an exhilarating day on the slopes. Twenty-two lifts help skiers and snowboarders take advantage of the 300 hectares of snowy terrain and the varied runs range in difficulty from gentle slopes to challenging black diamond runs. Elsewhere, there’s terrain and toboggan parks allowing everyone to get in on the family fun. If you prefer to enjoy views of the snow through a window, opt for the scenic chairlift, relax in Australia’s highest day spa or unwind in one of the 30 bars and restaurants at the base of the mountain.
Falls Creek is the official training ground of the Australian national cross-country team and the spiritual home of the sport in Victoria. With more than 65km of free cross-country trails and remote cabins tucked away among the trees, visitors can experience true ski-in/ski-out accommodation. Add to that an impressive Ski School, tobogganing, terrain parks and excellent downhill runs, and you have all the makings of an outdoor adventure.
Just a two-hour drive when you pick up a car rental in Melbourne, Lake Mountain is easy to get to and great for families. Unlike some of the other resorts in the region, Lake Mountain has no accommodation, making it ideal for a day-long detour spent on the slopes. More than 37k of cross-country trails cater to all abilities, and extra options like snowshoeing, snowmobiling and tobogganing mean you can pack a week’s worth of family fun into an afternoon.
Tucked away at the north-east end of Baw Baw National Park, Mt St Gwinear offers an opportunity to get back to nature. There are more than 20 kilometres of cross-country trails and two toboggan runs for the family to enjoy – and with no ski lifts, this resort doesn’t attract the same crowds as some of the other ski fields in the region, making it a great choice if you want a simple day of family fun spent playing in the snow.
This is the place for serious skiers. Built on a spectacular mountain range, Mt Hotham boasts one of the highest alpine villages in the country. There’s entertainment both on and off the slopes here – explore the network of downhill runs and take in the majestic views as you go, or sign up for lessons at its renowned ski school and polish up your skills. When you’re ready to relax, there’s two day spas and more than 20 nearby bars and restaurants to choose from. Special experiences like mountain helicopter rides and dog sledding adventures help cap it all off as the trip of a lifetime.
Get ready to go off piste – pick up a car rental at Melbourne Airport and catch all the best winter fun between Mt Buller and Mt Hotham.