June through September are the winter months in Australia. This makes Mt. Buller a great place to visit if you love the snow and are traveling to Australia during the Northern Hemisphere summer season. While Australia may not be the first place you think of when you think of skiing and snowboarding, after you have been to Mt. Buller, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it.
The ski season officially begins on the Queen’s Birthday weekend in early June and ends whenever the snow melts, usually in late September. Those who are lucky enough to live in Melbourne can reach Mt. Buller in as little as three hours and many of them take advantage of every opportunity to hit the slopes of Mt. Buller. Sydneysiders aren’t so lucky. It takes 9 hours to traverse the 478 miles (770km) trip on the Hume Highway (the fastest route) to Mt. Buller, but that doesn’t stop thousands of them from making the trip.
Why is it worth going out of your way to drive to Mt. Buller when you have closer snowfields you can go to in New South Wales? One of the reasons is the size of the skiable terrain. There are over 740 acres (300 hectares) of slopes to choose from on Mt. Buller. These range from beginner’s slopes like Burnt Hunt Spur and Bourke Street to black runs for experts only like the back of Summit and Chamois. There’s a half pipe for snowboarders and a challenging ultra cross course and all the slopes are constantly being groomed to ensure they are in good condition.
For the children, Mt. Buller has two toboggan parks. One of them is located right in the village and has its own snow making machine. The other is conveniently located at Horse Hill Chairlift. Take the lift to the top and there is more family fun awaiting at the snowtubing park. For a fun and safe thrill, the kids can race down the slopes in an inner tube.
All the activity is going to make you hungry, tired and sore and once in awhile you’re going to have to take a break. You can do it in style at Mt. Buller. There are over 30 restaurants and bars in the resort and for a complete restoration package, you can indulge yourself at Breathtaker on High Spa, the only complete alpine spa in Australia. With steam rooms, a sauna, a lap pool and a number of therapeutic treatments available, Breathtaker’s luxurious ambience will take your breath away.
In the summer months, too, Mt. Buller is a great place to visit and enjoy outdoor sports. Mountain biking is especially popular during the summer season. Ride cross country wherever you like or, for a special thrill, take the chair lift up to the top and then make your way back down. You can choose your route: either straight down a ski run or criss cross the mountain and explore the terrain.
With many family and package deals available, you can afford to stay at a Mt. Buller accommodation and ski to your heart’s content. Further discounts apply in the off season and in some cases, you can even get a “Snow Guarantee” package. Winter or summer, you’ll love the Mt. Buller and the Victorian high country, so put it on your list of places to see in Australia.