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Stay and play in Victoria's alpine region. On and off mountain, at après-ski bars and local day spas, neighbouring wineries and village breweries, at restaurants with hats and cafes with snow-caps, there's snow end of adventures to be had.

Sign up for a full on-mountain black-run binge or, if you're more snowplough than snow bunny, stay and play: get cosy in mountainside villages and play on the slopes just for the day. Take a spin on a chair lift, hit the slopes, try the toboggan run, pick a snowball fight, make a snowman and retreat to sub-alpine villages to, well, chill.

Our alpine-region villages are perfect for relaxing and warming your fingers and toes before a trip to the snow. You'll find perfectly cosy accommodation to bunker down in, and host of restaurants and bars, attractions and spas to venture out to.

Close to the mountains, they're easy to get to, and have plenty of places to hire gear (everything from gloves to chains) for a visit to the slopes. Snow problem.

Head for the hills and explore our favourite winter places to stay and play.

Mansfield and Mount Buller

Stay: Mansfield  
Wake up to freshly roasted single origin beans and blends at Mansfield Coffee Merchant, and get your eggs on artisan breads in Mansfield Regional Produce Store (stock up on regional produce and wine while you're there). Take a hot air balloon, or just your car, to the Tin Shed Cider cellar door, try a tipple or two at Delatite Wines, or stay in town for beer and pizza at Social Bandit Brewing Co.

Outdoors, get up close to lions, wallabies and alligators at Mansfield Zoo, Victoria's largest regional zoo.

Play: Mt Buller
Take a scenic chair-lift ride, slip on some ski shoes, slide behind a dog sled, ski or board the slopes then relax with schnapps at alpine bars.

Bright, Hotham and Dinner Plain

Stay: Bright
Chase waterfalls, wine and great coffee at Ginger Baker Wine Bar & Cafe, or go retro with handmade treats at 1950s inspired cafe Coral Lee. For singular indulgence make your way to Bright Chocolate and sample its single origin chocolate. Save room for the inspired Asian flavours at Tani Eat & Drink and the renowned Italian culinary delights at Simone's, one of Victoria's most celebrated restaurants.

Tipple time: order a craft brew with a view at Bright Brewery, mix it up at the Grape and Grain Bar, or put on your tasting shoes for a tour of the Alpine Valleys wine region (as Bright as Billy Button Wines).

Play: Hotham and Dinner Plain
Try snow tubing, luge toboganning, snowmobiling (as well as skiing or boarding) at Hotham before you hit the bars and restaurants. In Dinner Plain, village walks, sled dog tours and a visit to the Japanese-inspired Onsen Retreat and Spa are a plain good idea before or after snow play.

Mount Beauty and Falls Creek

Stay: Mount Beauty
Schnapps up herring, meatballs and local produce at Swedish cafe and produce store Skafferi at Svarmisk, sitting pretty on the site of the former Mount Beauty Chalet. Add a premium cool-climate sparkle to your afternoon at Annapurna Wines, paint it red at Ceccanti Kiewa Valley Wines or pause for a pinot at Bogong Estate. For a frothy straight from the brewhouse and views straight onto Mt Bogong, take the short, sweet trip to local microbrewery Sweetwater Brewing Company.

Play: Falls Creek
Sign up for a snow-shoe shuffle, zoom around on a snowmobile, and explore bars and restaurants. On Thursdays, stick around to see the day out with a bang: skiiers and boarders join Pete the Snow Dragon for a family-friendly show and fireworks. 

Beechworth and Mount Buffalo

Stay: Beechworth
Make a bee-line for the Beechworth Honey Experience and a table at Provenance, a two-hatter in The Age Good Food Guide. Relax with beer and pizza at the Bridge Road Brewers, Euro-fare at the Ox and Hound Bistro, and the best of both drinking worlds at Cellar Door Wine Store.

Roam paths paved with gold from the 1850s, wander into National Trust-listed buildings and browse boutiques just made for whiling away afternoons. History buffs, don't miss the Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct, home to the gaol that hosted bushranger Ned Kelly.

Need post-snow pampering? Add The Spa Beechworth to your itinerary.

Play: Mount Buffalo
Go round the outside for snow play and snow shoeing at Mount Buffalo, stopping for a warming wine at Feathertop Winery, Porepunkah.

Walhalla and Mount Baw Baw

Stay: Walhalla
Rug up for a stroll around town to see the loving preserved 19th-century shops, hotels, school and churches. Follow the historic Tramline Walk, and go underground on a tour of the Walhalla Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine. Try your hand panning for gold at Stringers Creek and spook yourself on a ghost tour at the old cemetery on the hill.

Warm up with a tipple on a chesterfield at the Star Hotel, a reconstruction of the original gold-era hotel, or go old school at the Wally Hotel, a classic country pub.

Play: Mount Baw Baw
Sign up for all kinds of snow play: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, dog sledding and snow shoe tours. You won't get bawed.

Marysville and Lake Mountain

Stay: Marysville
Develop a taste for delicious Yarra Valley produce at Marysville Patisserie: the perfect pit stop for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea – or all three – before exploring the area's renowned wine region. For dinner, enjoy the local bounty at the Vibe Hotel's Radius Bar & Grill.

Get art and about to explore Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden, or take a short drive to see the Steavenson Falls plummet 84 metres into the river. (Night owls and romantics, the path and viewing platform are floodlit from dusk till midnight.)

Play: Lake Mountain
Take the family tobogganing, take a ride on a tube run down the mountain, and make a snowman to enter Instagram's Australian Snowman Competition. Seasoned skiers, hit the 37 kilometres of cross-country trails.

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Mansfield & Mt Buller

Alpine stay & play

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Destinations

Mansfield

Get on your high horse in Mansfield, home of Victoria's traditional cattlemen, before dismounting for local Rieslings and sparkling wines.

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Mount Buller

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Alpine Country Cottages - Studio Seven

Located in Mansfield, Alpine Country Cottages - Studio Seven is a very special retreat. In total privacy, the studio retains a sophisticated style...


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Cafes

Mansfield Coffee Merchant

Mansfield Coffee Merchant's five kilogram Roastmax coffee roaster sets the tone sitting pride of place in the front window. The delicious smell of...

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Social Bandit Brewing Co

A must-do when in Mansfield, visit Social Bandit Brewing Co for tasty pizza, refreshing beers and a friendly casual atmosphere. A family owned...

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Alpine Country Cottages: Studio 3

Imagine soaking in a double corner spa with a glass of bubbly in the privacy of your own self contained Studio at Alpine Country Cottages: Studio 3....


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Bright, Mt Hotham & Dinner Plain

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Restaurants

Simones Restaurant

Creative, Italian-inspired cuisine recognised by The Age Good Food Guide as a gastronomic pioneer and pace-setter in north-east Victoria.

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Alpine Valleys wine region

From shiraz to sauvignon vert, discover more than 30 different grape varieties at picturesque wineries in the Alpine Valleys wine region.

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Ovens Valley Motor Inn

The Ovens Valley Motor Inn is an environmentally friendly property located in beautiful Bright, North East Victoria. Ovens Valley Motor Inn is...

Cafes

Ginger Baker Wine Bar and Cafe

Positioned alongside the gorgeous Ovens River, Ginger Baker Wine and Food enjoys a prime location set amongst a backdrop that includes natural...

Restaurants

Tani Eat & Drink

Discover Tani's contemporary approach to regional and seasonal produce at their informal eatery. Perch at the bar or savour the restaurant's set menu.

Destinations

Bright

See Bright in its autumnal splendour, and make the most of nearby snowfields, national parks and exceptional home-grown food and wine.

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Mount Beauty & Falls Creek

Alpine stay & play

Craft breweries

Sweetwater Brewing Company

In the heart of the Victorian High Country, the town of Mount Beauty sits at the base of Mount Bogong where the Kiewa River emerges from steep...

Bed & breakfasts

Springfield Cottage Bed & Breakfast

Japanese inspired Springfield Cottage Bed and Breakfast is a stylish and comfortable getaway offering country tranquillity and only three kilometres...

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Mount Beauty

Experience real alpine village life in Mount Beauty, which lives up to its name from its prime location at the foot of Victoria's highest mountain.

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Dreamers

In a perfect rural mountain setting at the base of the Victorian Alps, Dreamers have created a unique blend of luxury sustainable accommodation...

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Falls Creek

Visit Falls Creek Alpine Resort, Victoria's largest ski resort and is renowned for its reliable snow cover, cross country trails and terrain parks.

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Beechworth & Mt Buffalo

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Restaurants

The Ox and Hound Bistro

The Ox and Hound Bistro occupies a quintessential Beechworth shopfront with large windows that saturate the room with light by day and frame the...

Wineries

Feathertop Winery

Make a day of it and enjoy wine tasting and delicious alfresco lunches on the garden terrace overlooking Mt Buffalo and the Ovens Valley.

Restaurants

Provenance Restaurant and Accommodation

They say you can't eat awards, but every bite of the east-meets-west cuisine at the increasingly acclaimed Beechworth restaurant is a prize in itself.

Local produce

Beechworth Honey Experience

Enjoy an educational honey tour; taste products made from 100% pure Australian single-source honey; sip honey mead; and visit a working bee colony.

Ski Victoria

Mt Buffalo

Grab your winter gear and make your way up to the sub alpine climes of Mount Buffalo for a dose of snow play, tobogganing and cross-country skiing.

Destinations

Beechworth

Experience Beechworth's burgeoning food and wine scene, and take the time to discover the town's rich gold rush history and Ned Kelly connections.

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Walhalla & Mt Baw Baw

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Ski Victoria

Mt Baw Baw

Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort is the closest downhill ski area to Melbourne, making it a popular destination for day-trippers and families alike.

Walking & hiking

Walhalla Tramline Walk

Follow an old timber tramline with flora, fauna, historic gold mines and great views of Walhalla.

Destinations

Walhalla

Discover Walhalla, once a busy gold mining centre and one of Australia's richest towns, and today an historic township in Gippsland's alpine wilderness.

Hotels

Walhalla's Star Hotel

Walhalla's Star Hotel provides stylish country accommodation in the heart of Walhalla Historic Township. A reconstruction of the original gold-era...

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Marysville & Lake Mountain

Alpine stay & play

Lakes & waterways

Steavenson Falls

See one of Victoria's highest waterfalls plummet 84 metres into the Steavenson River valley. For night owls, the falls are floodlit till midnight.

Ski Victoria

Lake Mountain

Well regarded as Australia's premier cross-country ski resort, Lake Mountain is the third most visited cross-country alpine resort in the world.

Destinations

Marysville

Be invigorated by the pristine natural environment and enjoy diverse outdoor activities year-round, from walking and cycling to cross-country skiing.

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