Best Places Near Melbourne To See Snow

  • All Ages

The Victorian Premier has announced that the snow season will commence on 22 June 2020 - just in time for school holidays - and resorts are busy preparing for a new, COVID-safe season.

So, get the winter gear out of the closet and take the kids for a day trip or a weekend getaway. The snow season generally runs from June to the first week of October.

Here’s a snapshot of some of Melbourne’s top choices for a family trip to the snow:

Mt. Donna Buang 

Mt Donna Buang summit (1,245m) is located in the Yarra Valley, overlooking Warburton in Victoria only 88km away from Melbourne making it the closest snow destination for a quick day trip. 

It is a very popular destination for Melbourne families to do some snow play and enjoy toboggan runs. There are 3 different toboggan runs, a designated snow play area, barbeques, car parking, toilets and a scenic drive up to the summit. Families are welcome to bring their own equipment. Toboggans are available locally as well. 

Mount Donna Buang is a spectacular place to be at any time and a 21-metre high lookout tower on the summit provides panoramic views of the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, and the Alps.

What You Need To Know

  • The Don Valley Road is usually closed in winter - so drive through Warburton and turn left at the Warburton Motel sign up Donna Buang
  • There is no cost to access Mt Donna Buang. FREE Snow Play...Woo hoo!
  • Visitors are welcome to bring their own toboggans and snow toys, although there are hiring facilities on the mountain

Please note: Mt Donna Buang is closed until further notice due to significant landslip on Friday 1 May 2020.

For more information see the Facebook page and check here for the latest snow report.

Falls Creek

Falls Creek is Victoria’s largest area of skiable terrain and the fact that it’s home to the National Cross Country Skiing Team is proof that it’s a great location to get your family out and about in the snow.

If your kids also love downhill skiing, there are a total of 90 runs to choose from with a good few catering for beginners. Victoria’s longest green (easy) run is also here while most of the others are for more advanced skiers. For older kids who enjoy the adventure of staying up late, night skiing is also available a couple of times a week.

To help your little ones get the skills they need to keep them safe on the slopes, this resort has a variety of age-grouped classes on offer – Snow Club for 3-6 year olds, Junior Workshop for 6-14 year olds, and Ride Tribe for 13-17 year olds. In the Village Bowl, there is also a Snow Tube Park, kids activities on Twilight Tuesdays and stunning night show extravaganza every Thursday night in July and August.

What You Need To Know

  • Phone: 1800 2 FALLS Visitor Information Centre or 03 5758 1200
  • Falls Creek is 4.5 hours from Melbourne and less than 2 hours' drive from Albury-Wodonga
  • During the snow season, all vehicles entering the resort must carry snow chains, which can be hired from outlets in Myrtleford and Mt Beauty on the way to Falls Creek

For more information visit the website and check here for the latest snow report.

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort

This snow-covered slope has a lot going for it – and the main thing is probably its proximity to Melbourne. Imagine seeing snow just two hours from the CBD! It’s not the place to go to when you’re looking for downhill skiing action but when it comes to other snow activities, Lake Mountain has the whole family covered.

Let’s start with snowmen. Once the kids are done adding the carrot to his nose and you’ve taken you obligatory social media snaps, there are four slopes for tobogganing thrills and a 100m Tube Run. If your kids are little, be prepared for a big workout – they’ll probably only last a few trips back up the hill before their legs give way from tiredness, so to keep the fun happening, you might be the one they call on to pull them back up for another turn. 

If all that strenuous exercise gets too much, you can move at a calmer pace by hiring some snowshoes and heading out on one of the five snowshoe trails or getting the kids involved in the Parks Victoria Junior Park Rangers program.

What You Need To Know

  • 2WD can access the area but when snowfalls are heavy, snow chains are recommended and can be hired in Narbethong and Marysville
  • Phone: 5957 7222
  • Address: 1071 Lake Mountain Rd, Marysville

For more information visit the website and check here for the latest snow report.

Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort

It hasn’t got the reputation of some of the other more popular resorts – and it is definitely smaller – but, for travel ease, Mt Baw Baw is the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne. On a good traffic day, it’s about 2.5 hours from the CBD.

The names for the toboggan slopes – including Frosty Frog Hollow and Frantic Frog Park – say a lot about Mt Baw Baw’s kid-friendly focus and the 30 kilometres of cross country ski trails are good for family adventures. There is also a School Holiday Kids Club and other fun events! 

As well as skiing and snowboarding lessons, your kids might also love the Howling Husky Sled Dog Tours. Although you could cram an action-packed day in and still make it home to fall into your own bed, the accommodation options are good, with everything from apartments, lodges and cabins available.

What You Need To Know

  • Mt Baw Baw offers a snow guarantee in its beginner and lesson areas thanks to their TechnoAlpin Snow Factory
  • Phone: (03) 5165 1136
  • Address: 32 Currawong Rd, Mount Baw Baw

For more information visit the website and check here for the latest snow report.

Mt Buller

Mt Buller will officially open on June 22 for skiing and snowboarding!

The downhill runs here are loved by skiing fans and because it’s only about a 3-hour drive from Melbourne, it’s one of Australia’s most accessible snowfields. Mt Buller gets very busy – the accommodation at the resort has space for 7000 people.

Kids of all ages are well catered. Snowplay is fun and FREE in the dedicated Snow Play parks and tobogganing is a great way to experience the snow for the first time. If your children plan to add snow skills to their trip, they can join in with Bunyips (3 to 6 year olds), Buller Kids (7 to 14 year olds), and Students (15 to 18 year olds).

And for the seriously adventurous kids in your tribe? Team Buller Riders coach kids aged 10 to 18 years old to help them excel at mogul skiing, slopestyle and aerials.

What You Need To Know

  • The Snow Play in a Day tour is a fun, easy way to enjoy the mountain
  • Mt Buller is 248kms north-east of Melbourne, via Mansfield
  • Phone: (03) 5777 6077

For more information visit the website and check here for the latest snow report.

Mt Stirling

This is an underdeveloped reserve aimed at more experienced snow-lovers, but as a place to drive to see the white stuff, it’s as good as any.

Cross-country and snowboarding trails are free to access but there are no lifts or other luxuries. Ski patrols and mountain huts still help keep you safe. If getting your kids back to nature is your thing, strap on some snowshoes and get moving. Two walks here do have signs to guide you through the beautiful mountain ash and snowgum forests for that winter wonderland experience.

For something a little different, you can try snow camping, with spots located throughout the resort for a truly immersive alpine experience.

What You Need To Know

  • Expect a three-hour drive from Melbourne, via Mansfield
  • Phone: (03) 5777 6077
  • Address: Alpine Central, Summit Road, Mt Buller

More information: visit the website and check here for the latest snow report.

Mt Hotham

Set amongst the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range, Hotham is not an ideal day trip as travel time is over 4 hours, but it is a spectacular drive with wonderful scenery along the picturesque Great Alpine Road. Hotham is also the only ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere where the village is located on top of the mountain, so you can drive right to the front door.

Whether your kids are beginners or more experienced – their needs are catered for here. The resort has 13 lifts that service 3 terrain parks and 35kilometres of cross-country skiing. Snow play? Dog sled tours? Ski school? Snowboarding lessons? Gear hire? Accommodation? Glamping? It’s all on offer here, at a price. Throwing a snowball at each other? That’s free…

What You Need To Know

  • You can get up to 30% off when you book your child into Mighty Mites or Kids Club online and in advance
  • During snow season, all visitors must pay a resort entry fee, which covers essential winter services
  • Mt Hotham is 372 kilometres from Melbourne, via the National Highway

For more information visit the website and check here for the latest snow report.

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