Skiing in Australia? These are the finest hotels in Mt Buller for your next Southern Hemisphere ski holiday.
Australia’s most accessible ski area, just a three-hour drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller has some excellent skiing, the largest lift network in Victoria and fantastic accommodation options. From elegant hotels with a range of dining choices to self-catering boltholes located right on the slopes, here are some of the best.
Located in the heart of Mt Buller, this smart hotel offers self-contained accommodation, ski hire and an excellent spa. All rooms come with a kitchenette, but there’s also a great selection of dining options, including a restaurant with exposed stone walls and magnificent mountain views. For a casual bite, BT Pizzeria serves everything from charcuterie and cheese platters to pizzas topped with slow-cooked brisket and smoked cheddar.
This ski-in, ski-out property features minimalist accommodation and good food to boot. Rooms sleep up to four in queen and bunk beds, and the decor is stripped-back, with wood-clad walls and bright ensuites. There’s a boot room for guests and a continental brekkie is thrown in. For après, The Villager restaurant has an extensive wine list and craft beers on tap.
With a spa, great eating options and cosy alpine decor, Mt Buller Chalet Hotel & Suites is a good option for skiers wanting a touch of boutique chic. Choose from accommodation ranging from king-size rooms to one-bed studios, self-catering suites and even a Lakeland Penthouse, which sleeps up to five and has rolltop baths, zebra-print dining chairs and an open fire.
Snap on your skis and glide straight onto the main ski run at the top of Bourke Street from this family-friendly hotel. Accommodation options include motel rooms, one, two- and three-bed apartments and luxury apartments. As well as underground car parking, there’s a restaurant, laid-back sports bar and rooftop deck with panoramic views – best enjoyed with a steaming cup of joe or cold beer.
Families and groups of friends are well catered for at this homely, seven-bedroom, five-bathroom retreat. It’s handily located just 400m (1,312ft) from the village centre, and has recently been renovated with a fresh, open-plan living area complete with polished wood floors, window seats, a woodburning stove and fully-equipped kitchen. Thoughtful touches include board games and toboggans that guests can use for free.
Within walking distance to shops, restaurants and Lydia Lassila’s chairlift, Kabuki comprises two guesthouses with a total of five ensuite bedrooms and a shared kitchen. The style is contemporary – think sleek, whitewashed bedrooms, floating stairs, vibrant houseplants and electronic key entry. Guests can use lockers for their ski stuff, and hop on a nearby shuttle (for free) to the slopes and ski school.
A good-value choice for couples, small groups and families, Enzian Hotel is set just metres from the Chamois Run and a short walk to the free village shuttle. Motel-style rooms, sleeping up to seven, feature bunks and doubles. Some have separate bedrooms for extra privacy, while apartments are more spacious. The Chamois Restaurant serves Asian-style food, such as Vietnamese chicken pho, pork bao and yuzu cheesecake.
Whether you’re skiing in winter or mountain biking in summer, Merrijig Lodge has you covered. There’s a friendly feel – the lodge is run by fellow skiers – with a cosy communal lounge, fireplace and views of the surrounding peaks. Breakfast, nibbles and a three-course dinner are included. The in-house chef cooks up everything from Tasmanian smoked salmon terrine to homemade beetroot ravioli.