Mount Buller - Places to See

Tourist Information
The information centre is located in the clock tower in the Village Centre.For accommodation enquiries and bookings ring 1800 039 049 or (03) 9885 0300. For year-round information on road conditions and for general enquiries in summertime ring the Resort Management Board (1800 285 537) or the Resort Commission at the post office on (03) 5777 6184.

Winter - Skiing
Lift tickets tend to change in price from year to year but in 2010 they were $99 for a full-day adult and $54 for a child up to Year 12. There are 25 lifts with an uphill capacity of 40 000 per hour. The highest lift-point is 1780 metres. Lidt operating hours are 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. daily (night skiing is available) from early June to around late September.

There are 263 hectares of skiable terrain with over 80 km of groomed trails, varying in character from the gentle to the fast , with tree runs, cliff drops and rugged ridges, a lifted vertical drop of 405 metres and a longest run of 2.5 km. 45% of the runs are of intermediate difficulty with 25% for beginners and 30% for the advanced. 9 km of cross-country trails are available from the village. They join Mt Buller (1804 m ) to Mt Stirling (1753 m). The average snowfall of 1.5 metres is enhanced, when necessary, by a snow-making system and Ski Guarantee.

Lesson programs are available for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced, in skiing and snowboarding, and there is also a fun, supervised 'Bunyips' program for 3-5 year-olds. The 'Learn to Turn' packages offer an economical approach for beginners, offering a limited lift ticket, a two-hour beginners lesson, plus equipment rental.

Naturally, there is an extensive range of facilities including ice-skating, snowtubing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, discos, a cinema, two gymnasiums, a large indoor sports complex, pubs, shops, a post office, ATM, EFTPOS, public toilets and telephones, a medical centre, a licensed supermarket, a ski patrol, physiotherapy, massage, a police station, child care, a multi-denominational chapel, an Alpine Museum, photographic services, guided mountain tours (book at the clock tower), an over-snow taxi service, restaurants, cafes, ski and equipment hire, bars, childrens' activities and a vast range of accommodation from a youth hostel to luxury chalets, including lodges, hotels and modern apartments. Prices depend on the type of accommodation, the number of people per room, the time of the week and the part of the season. There are regular bus services from Melbourne and Mansfield in the ski season.

The resort is open all year round and is a growing attraction in summer, offering activities such as mountain biking, four-wheel driving, a day spa facility, a sports centre, hiking, bushwalking, events, festivals, abseiling, fly fishing, horseriding, kayaking and white-water rafting.

For updated information on snowcams,lift prices and ski school prices check out: http://www.mtbuller.com.au/

Summer
The resort is open all year round and is a growing attraction in summer, offering activities such as mountain biking, abseiling, fly fishing, horseriding, four-wheel driving, in-line skating, hiking, kayaking and white-water rafting.

A number of walking tracks of varying length head off from the village to excellent viewing areas. There is the Summit Walk (3 km return), the Corn Hill Walk (6 km return) and the Little Buller Walk (5 km return) which takes in snow gum forests and snow grass plains. Longer walks are to Mt Stirling (13 km return), the Klingsporn Track to Mirimbah (16 km return), Mt Howitt (1742 m) and the Howitt Plains, Clear Hills, Mt Cobbler (1620 m) and the Howqua River Valley. Those undertaking longer treks can utilise the old cowherds' huts for overnight stays.

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Mt Stirling
Mt Stirling is a first-class cross-country skiing area just a few kilometres to the north-west of Mt Buller. It has more than 60 km of trails which are mostly groomed. The main trails (ranging from 500 metres to 6 km) are patrolled daily in the ski season. Some join Stirling to Mt Buller but these are not always operational. The entrance fee in 1998 was $16 per car per day and an extra $3 for overnight stays ($5 for bikes). Trail fees are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children ($20 for families). There is no accommodation on the mountain although Craig Jones at the ski-hire shop has off-mountain accommodation, tel: (03) 5777 3541.

To get there turn off the Mansfield-Mt Buller Rd 32 km east of Mansfield, just before you reach the entry gates at Mirimbah. After 9 km you will come to Telephone Box Junction where most of the trails start. There is an equipment hire service, a public shelter, medical centre, a cross-country ski school, a cafe-bistro and an information office with trail maps, tel: (03) 5777 5624. Otherwise ring ther Mansfield Information Centre, tel: (03) 5775 1464.

In summer mountain bikes can be hired and Stirling Experiences offer scenic 4WD tours of the area which take in Craig's Hut (see next entry), tel: (03) 5777 3541.

Telephone Box Junction is also the starting point for the Mount Stirling Summit Walk (three hours return) and The Circuit Road which winds around the summit (about 50 km). There are also walks to Mt Winstanley, Razorback Hut and Mount No.3.

Craig's Hut
This recreation of an early settler's residence is located 19 km from Telephone Box Junction on Clear Hills. It was built as a prop in the film The Man From Snowy River where it was used as Jim Craig's hut. If you lack a 4WD you can get to within 2 km, after which foot power is necessary. There is no access in winter.

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