The snow is falling, so here’s your guide to the best accommodation options on Mt Buller – from bargain basement to opulent luxury.
Just three hours’ drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller has more on-mountain beds than anywhere else in Victoria, starting at just $50 a night. There are so many options, it’s difficult to choose a definitive top 5 (so please forgive the extra additions).
This is the ultimate alpine escape – a stunning four-bedroom, three-bathroom north-facing chalet (right). Burnt Hut is one of the best ski-in-ski-out properties on the mountain, built right next to the Shaky Knees run. The house comfortably sleeps 8-10 (from $2000 a night for the whole house) with all the mod cons (WiFi, music streaming, iPod docks, a Gaggia coffee machine, Smeg applicances, L’Occitane products), plus a steam room, spa, drying room, luxurious furnishings and unparalleled views.
Rated as one of Australia’s finest alpine hotels, the Chalet has luxurious rooms with stunning views over the ski slopes and surrounding mountains and valleys. It’s not cheap, with rooms starting at $324 a night, but this is a special hotel right next to the main chair lift.
2. For a bargain…
For an unbeatable location and price, this clean backpacker lodge ticks all the boses. Tucked next to the party-central Kooroora Hotel in the heart of the village, Buller Backpackers is perfect for those on a budget, tertiary students and groups of friends (but you must be 18+). There are no cooking facilities or living rooms in the hostel, but that’s fine – just roll out of bed onto the Blue Bullet chairlift or to one of the many eateries in the Village Square. Rooms are four share (from $55 a night per person) and each room has its own ensuite.
This is a traditional family ski club experience from just $50 a night (per person) just a few steps from Bourke St, the ski school and the Holden Express chairlift. Save money by bringing your own food, using the shared kitchen and dining room. The communal lounge and TV facilities as well as an open fire create a relaxing and cosy atmosphere.
Right on Bourke St, the Arlberg is family heaven, complete with ski hire, bistro (with a kids’ menu), pizzeria, a kids’ games area with XBox and enough different styles of rooms and apartments to suit everyone. The Arlberg also has excellent views across Bourke St to watch the kids ski past. Rooms start at $231 a night, but kids stay free in June and September.
Self-contained suites are the name of the game at Breathtaker, from studios through to the 10-person Grand Suite. It’s a haven for children (and therefore parents) with a kids’ movie channel, play room, Playstation zone and beanbag movie zone (located at The Loft Bar so parents can enjoy a quiet drink and dinner), not to mention a family friendly spa and steam room, as well as three dining options and day spa. Rooms start at $250 a night, and kids stay free in June and September.
The brand new Buller Central is the resort’s newest ski-in, ski-out property right in the heart of the Village. Shared rooms (from $80 per person mid week) include linen and bedding, with ensuites to rooms and great facilities including a kitchen, guest lounge and easy access to all village facilities. Guests staying on the weekend enjoy breakfast and three-course dinner in their weekend rate at the Powder Bar.
5. Romance on the snow…
The Grimus family has been on Mt Buller for more than 50 years, and their eponymous hotel has a well-earned reputation for luxury and romance (from $260 per room per night). Experience warm hospitality with luxurious rooms (some with spas) some of the best dining on the mountain. There is also a spa and sauna area, with in-house masseur to recover from your day on the slopes, accessed easily from the nearby Holden Express Chairlift.