Bright is smack-bang in the middle of four heavenly snow destinations where you can toboggan, ski, snowboard, or sleep in an igloo. Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, and Mt Buffalo are all at an easy day-trip distance. Your snow gear can be hired on the way to the mountain from Bright or Harrietville. Please note chains are required to be carried on all mountains.
Whether it’s downhill skiing, snowboarding, freestyle, slopestyle, cross-country skiing, tobogganing or building a snow man, the whole family will find something to suit their ability and style at Falls Creek. Victoria’s largest alpine resort has a whopping 450ha of skiable terrain, about 90 runs ranging from beginner to advanced (of which 60% are intermediate), and 14 chairlifts. Group or private ski lessons are available. The resort is conveniently located just 31km from Mount Beauty or 60km from Bright. Accommodation and gear hire is available both at Mount Beauty and Falls Creek. During winter, bus transfers to the resort run from Mount Beauty. Resort entry fees apply during snow season.
With plummeting vertical drops and 360° panoramas, Australia’s highest alpine resort is where the serious skiers are at. But you don’t need to be a pro to hang with them; 40% of the runs are rated intermediate and 20% beginner, so there’s something for all abilities. Mount Hotham boasts 320ha of skiable terrain, 12 lifts, 35km of cross-country ski trails, four terrain parks, snow play area, sled dog rides and snow glamping. Hotham is just 30km from Harrietville, 12km from Dinner Plain or 52km from Bright. The resort has a range of accommodation and daily bus transfers between Bright, Myrtleford, Harrietville and Dinner Plain. Gear hire and ski lessons available. Resort entry fees apply during snow season.
Dinner Plain is a unique alpine village located just 12km from Mouth Hotham. Unlike the major resorts, there is no winter entry free to visit and it is the most family friendly of all snow destinations. You can even bring your dog! The village boasts a wide range of holiday homes with snow-covered yards and parking space at your front door. You’ll also find Australia’s best toboggan slope, a beginner ski run, 35km of groomed cross-country ski trails and sled dog rides. Ski lessons are available. A shuttle bus runs between Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham, providing easy access to the resort’s slopes.
Snow-covered in winter, Mount Buffalo National Park is an affordable day-trip for those looking for a snow getaway off the beaten track. The National Park has two toboggan slopes and snow play areas – Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley – as well as 14km of groomed cross-country ski trails. Ski lessons and gear hire are available from Dingo Dell, where you will also find a cafe in winter. There is no accommodation on Mount Buffalo during the snow season; however, at just 30km from Porepunkah, 35km from Bright, and 54km from Myrtleford, the mountain is easily accessed by car.
Bright Riverside Holiday Park is a great base for day trips, snow play and gear hire.