Things to do in Falls Creek in 2020
If you're looking for a place to visit all year round, we can give you many reasons to go to the mountainous Falls Creek area in Victoria.
Sitting around 1,800 metres above sea level, Falls Creek is a sheet of snow in winter and a spirograph of walking and biking trails in summer.
In winter, the skiing here is spot on for beginners and intermediates. When you’re not on the slopes, you can take in mountain views from the chair lifts or go all out with a scenic helicopter flight. In the “green” season, there are lots of outdoor activities for hikers and cyclists, and also year-round opportunities to be pampered for those who prefer to stay cosy inside.
Read on to learn what awaits you in Falls Creek alpine resort.
Restrictions due to Melbourne's July coronavirus outbreak
Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreaks, anyone living in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will not be allowed to enter ski areas. Some ski lifts and resorts have closed across Victoria, including Falls Creek. The resort will not be opening for spring skiing or snowboarding in 2020.
If further announcements are made, we'll update this page with more information.
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Take to the skies on a helicopter tour
Rated as one of the top things to do on TripAdvisor in Falls Creek, get a bird's eye view of Falls Creek on a helicopter tour. If you go in the winter, you’ll get a full aerial view of the white wonderland, and at any time of the year you’ll be awed by the height of the creek's mountains, soaring more than 1,800 metres into the air.
As the chopper blades whirr, you’ll also look down over Mount Hotham and the town of Mount Beauty on the shores of the Kiewa River.
Flights last anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour.
Scale the heights on the cable car
You don’t need to be a skier to ride the Falls Creek cable car. You can just take a scenic ride up and down from either the Slalom Plaza or Village Bowl.
The experience lets you take in the towering mountains that surround the ski resort. In winter you’ll also get to appreciate the majesty of the snow-capped peaks.
In summer, meanwhile, you’ll get views of the creek’s green walking, hiking and mountain biking trails.
Hit the slopes
Discover the extensive 450 hectares of skiable terrain in Falls Creek, featuring 90 runs and accessed by 14 ski lifts.
It's a great place for beginners, but the resort is also home to one of the longest green runs in Australia. Named Wombat’s Ramble, it's 2.2 kilometres long.
Intermediates are well taken care of, too. 60% of the terrain consists of blue runs that the resort calls "progression perfect" meaning they've been designed to help skiers up their game.
Sleep under the stars during a camping break
A few campsites halo Falls Creek. Sites like Raspberry Hill are nestled inside the Alpine National Park, which is laced with walking trails and dotted with lookouts that serve up great views of the ski resort and its slopes.
Raspberry Hill has space for tents, caravans and trailers and has facilities like toilets and picnic areas.
If camping is not your style however, Falls Creek is far from lacking budget style and resort accommodation. You can browse the best at Hotels Finder.
Book a massage
In winter, days on the slopes often leave you with knots and kinks, and summer hiking can leave you aching and sore. Help your body relax and rejuvenate by enjoying a massage session.
There are a few massage therapists in the resort. Some are mobile and others are based in the resort's physiotherapy centres.
Lose track of time in a spa
One of the spa options is Astra Day Spa, open seven days a week.
Facilities include a swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
There’s also a luxury bath area where you can relax through your choice of treatments, from magnesium salt and aromatherapy bubbles to green tea and red lily blooms.
Other therapies on offer include the salt of the earth body wrap, which uses sea salt, bamboo and seaweed, and a feet treat therapy, during which you slip your feet into warm alpine gum in order to boost circulation.
Take a hike
The hills around Falls Creek Alpine Resort are marked with walking and hiking trails. Options range from easy half hour strolls to vantage points, up to challenging full day or overnight hikes.
Paths take you through wildflower meadows and grassy flatlands, and lead up to alpine lakes like Rocky Valley Lake, where you can have a picnic and take a dip.
If you’re lucky, you might spot the region’s wild brumbies.
Get on your bike
In the "green" seasons, there are all sorts of cycling opportunities in Falls Creek. The region is home to the pinnacle of one of north-east Victoria’s elite 7 Peaks Ride climbs.
Of course, you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy a ride out here.
There are a number of bike hire shops and bike cafes that hire out mountain bikes so you can just explore the resort’s trails and roads at your own pace.
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