Alps in summer
Falls Creek Alpine Village
Victoria's most exclusive ski resort
Falls Creek, 29 km south of Mt Beauty via a
narrow and winding but scenic road, has a
reputation as the state's most exclusive (and
expensive) ski resort. It is certainly one of
the most popular. It is located 363 km
north-east of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway,
Wangaratta and the Great Alpine Rd.
Falls Creek village began to emerge on
State-Electricity-Commission Land in 1940 and
was named after some waterfalls downstream. It
is situated 1580 m above sea-level at the edge
of the Bogong High Plains, overlooking the Kiewa
The highest lift point is at an elevation of
1780 metres. There are 23 lifts operating from
8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. daily with an uphill
capacity of 20 850 per hour. 17% of the slopes
are for beginners, 54% are intermediate and 29%
are for advanced skiers. The vertical drop is
267 metres and there are 145 hectares of groomed
skiing area. Some of the country's best
cross-country skiing is available here. Some
trails lead around Rocky Valley Reservoir and on
to some of the old stockmens' huts which dot the
landscape. They are remnants of the days when
cattle were driven on to the high plains in the
summertime to feed on the fresh pasturage. Other
trails lead further afield to the peaks of Spion
Kopje to the north, Mt Nelse to the north-east
and Mt Cope to the south.
There are innumerable lodges and other
accommodation at Falls Creek and it is one of
the few resorts where you can ski from your
lodge to the lifts and from the slopes back to
your accommodation. However, there is little in
the way of budget accommodation.
Other infrastructure includes ski and
snowboard hire, a ski school, discos,
nightclubs, restaurants, supermarkets, cafes,
pubs, ski and gear-hire shops and a
well-integrated internal transport service that
will take you from the carpark to the lodges.
Day visitors will find the carpark right next to
the ski lifts.
Those who prefer to avoid the hassle of
driving on the narrow approach road in icy
winter conditions may wish to leave their car at
Mt Beauty and take one of the daily coaches
(there are also daily coach services from Albury
and Melbourne in the ski season).
The ski season opens on the Queen's Birthday
weekend in June but the resort is open all year
round and draws increasing custom in summer when
the views are exceptional, the air is crisp and
the wildflowers and snow gums are in bloom.
Early January is an ideal time for walking and
there are many tracks to explore (see below).
Mountain biking, canoeing, sailing, fishing,
horseriding, abseiling, archery, camping,
environmental studies, orienteering, a ropes
course, rafting, fishing, cable gliding, yoga
and massage can all be enjoyed.
There is a Food Wine & Wildflowers Weekend in
late January and a Classic Music Weekend on the
Labour Day weekend in March.
The gate entry fee is $26 per car per day
with extra overnight charges during the winter
months. Lift tickets are $87 for adults, $74 for
high school students and $45 for children under
14 and they are interchangeable with those from
Mount Hotham. For adults a five day lift pass in
2006 is $392.00. To be safe ring 1800 033 079
and they have all the costs and details.
Things to see:
There are many possibilities for entertaining
oneself at Falls Creek, many of which are listed
in the general introduction. For bookings,
information and kits ring free-call (1800) 033
The Australian Alps Walking Track (655 km)
crosses the Bogong High Plains Rd about 10 km
south of Falls Creek (this section of road is
closed in the winter).
There are many shorter walks in the area
which start from different locations. The
destinations include Mt Nelse (9 km return),
Wallace's Hut (1.5 km return), Cope Hut (1 km
return), the Wallace/Cope Hut circuit walk (6 km
return), the Wallace Hut/Langfords Gap Circuit
(8 km return), Mount Cope (1.5 hours return),
Ruined Castle (6 km return), Fitzgerald and
Kelly Huts (11 km return), Tawonga Huts, Howmans
Gap, and Roper's Lookout (5 km return) which
offers excellent views over the village.
Self-sufficiency and a precautionary approach
are essential for walking in the area as it is
prone to extremes of weather. Always notify
rangers and friends of your itinerary, park your
car on a roadside and advise others of its
registration number, always carry a tent and
camping gear as you cannot rely on finding a hut
(and they may be occupied when you arrive), be
sure you apply blockout cream and bring the best
possible map, warm clothing, blankets, plenty of
water and energy food.
Pretty Valley and Rocky Valley Reservoir
2 km south of Falls Creek is a T-intersection.
Turn right and it is 6 km to Pretty Valley where
there is another pondage and a picnic area with
tables and a fireplace
Turn left and you will see, almost
immediately, Rocky Valley Reservoir, a popular
spot for fishing and boating in the summer.
There are picnic tables.
Further south on the road are the Langford West,
Raspberry Hill and Faithfull camping areas. All
three have toilets and fireplaces. The first has
water and the last has a picnic area.