Falls Creek is a beautiful, all season Alpine Resort, a four hour drive from Melbourne (allowing a little extra time for stops and transfers). Once you get off the Hume Highway, it’s a lovely, scenic drive up to Victoria’s high country.
Arriving at Falls Creek is like stepping into a new world. My friend Alex and I were invited to experience the snow culture at Falls Creek, and it really opened my eyes to a world I’d never seen before. I am not a skier/snow boarder (although I may be converted now!) This road trip made me realise that maybe I’ve been missing out…
For those in the know, car and accommodation transfers are a common thing. To those who aren’t, be aware that visitors to Falls Creek need to leave their cars in a parking spot and get a transfer to their accommodation.
Falls Creek is beautiful spot to visit. There is a distinctive festive atmosphere in the village, and everyone was particularly excited when we were there due to the increased snow fall.
Alex and I stayed at Nelse Lodge. Nelse is a family owned business (by the lovely Graham and Ros), and the owners could not have made it feel more like you were staying at a family home. Nelse had a warm, inviting atmosphere and nothing was too much trouble.
We often lose the personal touch when staying at a hotel, but staying at Nelse was another new experience for me where I actually got to know the owners and enjoy the communal feeling.
So, how did I actually go on the skis? Quite well, to be honest! Falls Creek fitted me out in hire gear, and I was sent onto the slopes for a private lesson.
I’ll make an admission here: I was slightly petrified. Learning to ski in your late 20’s does not feel like it’s going to be easy. But actually – it is! I generally feel quite uncoordinated, but my instructor made skiing feel like the most natural thing in the world.
I had a group lesson the next morning, which was also great and opened my eyes to the different teaching styles of instructors. I think a conversation I overheard sums it up best: “just do what feels natural”.
From a first time perspective: the feeling of slicing through the snow and staying in control is indescribable. I imagine it’s like catching a wave on a surfboard and standing up for the first time. It is awesome.
Top 5 places to visit at Falls Creek:
Astra – a fabulous bar and restaurant with a great atmosphere and a seriously delicious cheese platter.
Stingray – a lovely snug bar to eat, drink and admire the slopes from.
SpaQ – muscles hurting after hitting the slopes? No worries, SpaQ offers a variety of treatments for everyone.
The Man – enjoy a drink at the institution of Falls Creek.
Elk – delicious food and a great atmosphere. I recommend their bacon and egg toasties – These babies are about a foot long!
Tips for first time visitors to Falls Creek:
- You will use muscles you didn’t know existed. Be prepared for pain (but the good kind).
- You might need tire chains in case of heavy snow. They can be hired lower down before you hit Falls Creek (e.g. in Bright).
- Is your car freeze-proof? Check with your mechanic if you need anything in case the radiator fluids turn to jelly.
A big thank you to the team at Falls Creek (particularly to Tory and Anthony) for hosting our trip.
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