For a day trip to remember, Lake Mountain is a stunning snow resort within driving distance of Melbourne that offers plenty of fun for the whole family. With a range of modern facilities, picturesque surroundings and over 30 kilometres of cross country snow trails to explore, a day trip to Lake Mountain enables visitors to experience the very best the mountain has to offer, with the convenience of a co-ordinated bus trip that can drive right up to the snow (no long queues and expensive ski lifts required!).
The Lake Mountain Melbourne Snow Trip is available throughout the snow season, which commences on 12th of June, 2018 and runs through until August/September (subject to prevailing snow condition).
- The tour will depart daily from assorted Melbourne locations between 7:00am and 8:00am
- The tour will return to Melbourne at approximately 9:00pm
- Price is $135 per adult, $85 per child
- 3 hours spent enjoying the snow at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
- Delectable selection of chocolate samples from the famous Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
- A visit to the stunning Steavenson Falls
- All park entry fees
- Pick up and drop off from a selection of inner city hotels
- Entertaining and instructive commentary from a knowledgeable guide/bus driver
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort: With a full 3 hours to spend at the snow, visitors can take in a skiing lesson from a range of world class instructors, participate in a thrilling toboggan race or try their luck at securing a prize as part of the snowman selfie competition. For those seeking a more sedate experience, a stroll to the mountain summit affords breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, whilst the cosy bar and bistro serves up delicious meals and reviving coffee.
Steavenson Falls Nature Walk: Falling 84 metres, Steavenson Falls is ranked as one of the highest waterfalls in Victoria. Situated in the stunning bushland surrounding Marysville, the 5 cascades of Steavenson Falls can be enjoyed from a viewing platform alongside the river at the base, or for the more adventurous, from a lookout up above.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery: After a morning of fun taking in the delights of alpine bushland, what better way to end the day than with a visit to the delectable Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Visitors can observe master chocolatiers crafting edible works of art and enjoy a selection of free samples.
In order to get the most out of this day trip, Café Bus Winery Tours recommend bringing the following items to maximise guest comfort: drinking water, comfy shoes for walking in, warm (preferably waterproof) clothing including a rain jacket, beanie and gloves, and a camera (you’ll want to capture the stunning views!).
For those who want to experience the most of what Victoria has to offer, you can’t go past a well-orchestrated bus tour from the experts at Café Bus Winery Tours. In just one breathtaking day guests can experience the magic of an alpine resort, the unique splendour of the Australian bush and taste the very best of Yarra Valley local produce.
Available throughout the annual snow season and departing from/returning to Melbourne, the Lake Mountain Melbourne Snow Trip showcases the very best of the winter delights surrounding the city of Melbourne.
Situated approximately 120 kilometres northeast of Melbourne, the drive out to Lake Mountain was named Australia’s best driving road by Top Gear Australia. With the road gently climbing through the Yarra Ranges National Park, visitors can enjoy a range of stunning views along the way, including the wineries of the Yarra Valley and the dense bushland of the Yarra Ranges.
The closest ski resort to Melbourne, Lake Mountain climbs to an altitude of 1,433 metres, offering visitors a healthy abundance of snow, but with none of the difficulties associated with high altitude ski resorts. Named after surveyor-general George Lake, some visitors to the area are surprised to discover that the mountain itself does not have a lake! However, this means that skiers can really make the most of the mountain, enjoying 2,400 hectares of skiable space, in addition to 3 toboggan slopes, a dual 240 metre long flying fox and 37 kilometres of cross country ski trails that are also suitable for snow shoeing.
The resort itself is located centrally between Lake Mountain and Echo Flat, and has been attracting enthusiastic skiers from Melbourne since the 1920’s. Now equipped with a thriving café, bistro, snow sports centre and a renowned ski school, visitors have the option of bringing their own equipment or can arrange to hire or purchase from the ski equipment and retail shop. These days, Lake Mountain welcomes over 100,000 eager visitors each year.
A Full 3 Hours to Enjoy the Snow
The Lake Mountain Melbourne Snow Trip gives guests plenty of time to spend enjoying the various delights of the Lake Mountain resort, with a full 3 hours spent on the mountain. To minimise the time and expense of lining up for ski lifts and transfer buses, an experienced driver will drive guests right up to the snow, so the fun can begin right away.
This enables the athletically inclined plenty of time to strap on a pair of skis and try out the famous cross country trails, take in a lesson with an experienced professional or just enjoy some simple downhill ski runs. Visitors can also try out tobogganing (with a choice of 3 dedicated slopes to choose from), engage in a snowball fight with family and friends, build a snowman for entry in the selfie competition (with prizes to be won!) or just take in the breathtaking views from the mountain summit.
Once guests have experienced all that Lake Mountain has to offer, they can take a moment to visit the bar and bistro for a warming meal and a chance to relax.
Steavenson Falls Nature Walk
After leaving Lake Mountain ski resort the tour will continue on to Marysville in order to visit the famous waterfall that cascades down into the Steavenson River (the river and falls were named for an Assistant Commissioner of Road and Bridges named John Steavenson, who first visited the area in 1862). Visitors can then enjoy a scenic afternoon spent exploring one of the highest waterfalls in Victoria, which is surrounded by thick Australian bush that is home to an assortment of native animals (look out for the many wombat burrows that can be found adjacent to the walking tracks!).
Located in the 190 hectare Steavenson Falls Scenic Reserve, the waterfalls can be appreciated via an easy 700 metre stroll to the lower viewing platform. For those with plenty of energy and a taste for adventure, the 5 cascades of the falls can be viewed from an upper platform accessed by a short but steep climb along a well-marked trail.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery Tastings
After a full day spent enjoying the very best of nature, who wouldn’t want to stop off for a taste of something sweet on the drive back to Melbourne! Situated in the beautiful Yarra Valley (known for its excellent local produce and abundance of wineries), the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery is a foodie’s heaven, with a chance to observe experienced chocolatiers hard at work, as well as a gorgeous showroom housing over 250 different products.
Visitors will relish the free samples available for tasting, along with the opportunity to indulge in sweet treats from the café or take a stroll through the surrounding 40 acres of orchards, wetlands and manicured lawns.