Winter is here and the Victorian snow season has begun!
Here’s a list of the best places to enjoy snow play and ski near Melbourne.
Mt Donna Buang
The summit of Mt Donna Buang is a great first experience of snow, because it’s close to Melbourne at 1 hour 45 minute drive and free.
There are three toboggan runs plus three moderate walking trails and a scenic lookout. Facilities at the summit include a covered picnic area, gas BBQs, and outdoor picnic tables.
2. Lake Mountain
Lake Mountain is only 2 hours drive from Melbourne, so it’s doable in a day.
The mountain has offers snow play, tobogganing, cross country skiing, snowboard lessons for kids and snow-shoeing.
3. Mt Baw Baw
Mt Baw Baw is the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne, being 2.5 hours from Melbourne.
It bills itself as a family-friendly resort, with affordable on-mountain family accommodation packages, snowsports lessons, snow play, snowboarding parks, cross-country, downhill skiing, dog sled tours and off snow activities.
4. Mt Stirling
Mt Stirling is a cross-country alphine reserveand is relatively cheap compared to other ski resorts. You can also go snow-shoeing and enjoy snow play.
5. Mt Buller
Mt Buller is also possible as a day trip (I’ve done it!) but it is a 3 hour drive there and back, making it a very long and tiring day for little ones.
To make up for the longer drive Mt Buller generally has the best conditions of the closer resorts. It also has the largest ski lift network in Victoria.
The kids will make the most of slope of Bourke Street and there are two toboggan parks.
If you want to get away for a longer ski holiday try:
6. Mount Hotham
Mt Hotham is 5.5 hours from Melbourne. It offers 320 hectares of ski terrain for beginners, intermediate and advanced abilities, with 14 lifts.
For families, it offers daycare for kids 3 months to 5 years, free tobogganing and snow play areas, kids snowmobile rides and sled dog tours. Also kids 5 and under ski free and if one parent purchases a full day or half day lift pass, the second parent can purchase the Parents’ Pass – a 3 hour lift pass for only $69. Not it’s only available for those with children three years and under.
7. Falls Creek
Falls Creek is a 5 hour drive from Melbourne and is Victoria’s largest skiable terrain. It boasts 92 alpine runs and 21 cross country trails and a large proportion of the ski runs are suitable for beginners. A bonus is that they offer child care for kids aged 12 weeks to 5 years old.
If you are wanting just a small taste of snow and ice play check out:
- Skate Slide and Chill – undercover ice skating rink and small toboggan run at South Wharf
- The Big Freeze – a family-friendly winter festival at Westfield Fountain Gate
- Variety Ice Slide – long ice slide by Eureka Tower.
- Map 57 – St Kilda’s Winter Garden includes outdoor ice skating.
- River Rink – Get your skates on at Federation Square.
- O’Brien Group Arena – Australia’s premiere Olympic ice sports venue.
- Winter Wonderland Williamstown – unlimited rides, entertainment and activities throughout the day.
- Eastland Ice Rink – Customers who spend $20 at any of our Town Square Restaurants will receive a free ticket to the undercover ice skating rink.
- It’s Snowtime Wonderland Junior – An undercover snowy adventure zone with snowman building activities, snowball throwing target area and mini snow tube snow slide.