Make this year's snow trip a winner with the best places to sleep, ski and eat at Falls Creek.
Falls Creek is one of Australia’s favourite ski resorts. It caters for every level of skier and budget of travel, and is centered around a lively little town.
Haven't decided where to stay? We’ve rounded up some of the best. Need some more info? Check your travel options and ticket prices below.
Top 7 places to stay in Falls Creek October 2017
Address: 7 Bogong High Plains Road, Falls Creek, 3699
Located about as close as you can get to the slopes, the Falls Creek Country Club is a classic choice for a ski trip in Falls. Apartments are available ranging from studio to four bedroom units.
- Ski-in/ ski-out access
- Pool and spa available
- In house dining with a special kids menu
Address: 1 Sitzmark Street, Falls Creek, VIC, 3699
Rooms available for 2–10 people. Silverski is all about casual luxury, and big value, and is perfect for groups of every size. Go all out and take the penthouse.
- Ski-in / ski-out access
- Ski shuttle available
- Self-service laundry
Address: 17 Bogong High Plains Rd, Falls Creek VIC 3699
QT is well known for its luxurious decor and top notch facilities, and the Fall Creek location is no exception. Choose from one or two bedroom apartments, all with private balconies and exceptional views.
- Winner of The World Ski Award for Australia’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel in 2014
- The facilities include a spa, sauna, gym, and a pool
- Views overlooking the valley, mountains and ski fields
Address: 5 Sitzmark St, Falls Creek VIC 3699
A traditional snow lodge with an intimate wooden interior redesigned for a luxurious experience. Astra Alpine Lodge has won multiple awards over the last 10 years for its style, dining experience, and ‘best overall’ for snow accommodations.
- Guests can enjoy the pool, spa, sauna, as well as massages and yoga
- Multi award winning
- Highly rated on TripAdvisor
Address: 8 Schuss Street, Falls Creek, 3699
A low-key and friendly option with cosy rooms located right on the slopes. Dine in or take a short walk to the village for dinner and drinks
- All rooms have a flat screen TV and a DVD player
- Sauna and hot tub
- In-house library
Address: 23 Falls Creek Road Falls Creek 3699
Bring the kids. The Falls Creek Hotel has its own Kool 4 Kids Club to keep them entertained. Grown-up kids can select from one of hundreds of wines over dinner, and snuggle up by the open fire in the guest lounge.
- In-house ski hire
- Indoor pool and space
- Free Wi-Fi
Address: 10 Arlberg Street Falls Creek 3699
Attunga Alpine Lodge is a guest house style accommodation, that gives a daily a dinner tariff as part of your room charge. Located in the heart of the Fall Creek resort, about 150 metres from the closest chairlift.
- Laundry facilities
- Restaurant options
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Everything you need to know to hit the slopes of Falls Creek
Ski season: July and August
Distance from Melbourne: 4.5 hours drive
Distance from Sydney: 8 hours drive
Number of runs: 92
Number of chair lifts: 14
Number of magic carpets: 3
Chair lift opening hours: 7.30am–6pm
Image: Falls Creek
Lift pass prices:
Tickets are available daily, weekly and even for the whole season. There is a 5% discount if you buy your ticket online between one and 13 days in advance, and a 15% discount if you buy your ticket more than 14 days in advance.
These are the prices for passes bought 1–13 days in advance:
|5% Discount Pricing||Adult (18– 64)||Child (6– 18) or Senior (65-69)||Over 70 & Under 6|
|1 Day (No advance purchase available)||$123||$72||Free|
|2 Days||$233 ($216 weekends)||$121||Free|
Falls Creek Weather and Snow Report
We're still awaiting the first snowfall to determine how the season will shape up, but we're holding out for a late but a good start.
As always, however, the snow in Australia can be temperamental, and it really pays to keep an eye on the weather so you can plan your holiday at the perfect time. Keep up to date with the daily Snow Report for a detailed and accurate look at recent snowfalls and conditions.
Falls Creek Trail Maps
Falls Creek’s slopes are generally geared towards beginner and intermediate skiers or boarders with the green runs closer to the village. There are 92 runs in total: 16 green runs for beginners, 55 red runs for intermediate skiers, and 21 black runs for advanced skiers and boarders. Night owls also have the option to ski under the stars. Wombats Ramble (a green run) stays open until 9pm on Wednesday and Saturday.
Falls Creek Buses and Coaches - How do I get there?
Falls Creek is a full day drive (8 hours) from Sydney and about half that (4–5 hours) from Melbourne. To make the entire drive, you will need to pack snow chains and preferably have some experience driving in icy conditions. Of course, if you would rather pack your things, bring your iPod, and gaze out of the window while someone else drives you to Falls Creek, there are a number of options.
Coaches are a popular way to make the entire journey or just part of it. The Falls Creek Coach Service operates from Mount Beauty to Falls Creek Ski Resort, about an 18 kilometre drive. It’s a good option if you want the freedom of having your own car close by, but would rather leave the snow-driving to the pros. There are also dedicated coach pickup services from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport if you are arriving from elsewhere in Australia.
Falls Creek Bars and Restaurants
One of the great things about ski resort accommodation is that they generally have a good selection of in-house restaurants, cafes, and bars. It’s perfect when you’re exhausted from a full day on the slopes and just want to stay in. If you’re feeling energetic, Falls Creek village is a lively and intimate little centre with a range of other options to eat, drink, and enjoy. If you’re the type to venture out in the evenings, make sure you stay close to the centre so you are just a stroll away from the action.
Falls Creek dining picks:
- Elk Restaurant: What more do you need at a ski village restaurant than an open, 360-degree fireplace? This restaurant serves modern Australian food slopeside with panoramic views.
- Summit Ridge: An award-winning regional restaurant, Summit Ridge boasts a cosy cabin feel and an extensive wine list - perfect for a post ski treat.
- Be Foodstore: If heavy, hearty meals at the slopes aren't your thing, Be Foodstore dishes up fresh, organic foods and has a shop selling regional product and healthy snacks.
Image: Falls Ceek
If you're after on-slope dining, you have four options:
- Cloud 9 (top of Falls Express chairlift)
- Dicky Knees (bottom of Ruined Castle chairlift)
- Maggie's Snacks (bottom of Tower's chairlift)
- Big Red's BBQ (on Wombats Ramble ski run)
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Feature image: Falls Creek