Make it count this year at the snow and pick the perfect place to rest your head and recharge your batteries. This your ultimate guide on where to stay in Falls Creek.
Snow bunnies, avid skiers, and boarders: the snow season is here so get rugged up, packed up and ready to hit the slopes. Falls Creek is one of Australia’s favourite ski resorts. It’s pristine, caters for every level of skier, 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.
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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 chair lifts: 14
Number of magic carpets: 3
Chair lift opening hours: 7.30am–6pm
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)||$125||$70||Free|
|2 Days||$226 ($209 weekends)||$117||Free|
Falls Creek Weather and Snow Report
After a sleepy start, the cold front in early July delivered the first dump of what is shaping up to be an excellent snow season.
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.
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Falls Creek Hotel Deals
Last-minute stays from $135
Valid on stays within 72 hours of booking by people living in Port Douglas and Gladstone. Sample stays include Garden View Rooms for $135 per person, per night including return transfers from Airlie Beach, use of equipment at the hotel, Wi-Fi access and island shuttle service.
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