The Melbourne Mums Group Useful Lists are insightful references compiled by Melbourne Mums to provide helpful hints, local knowledge and important information, so your family can enjoy the best of Melbourne.
Below are some of Melbourne's Best Day Trips to the Snow as recommended by Melbourne Mums Group members.
This list may not include all the great places you can take a day trip to the snow from Melbourne, but this is a great place to start. Remember to always do your own research and make sure the places suggested meet your personal needs.
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is around 2 hours drive from Melbourne CBD. The journey to Lake Mountain is scenic, taking a drive through the beautiful Yarra Valley and on through the giant town of Marysville.
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From Marysville, the Lake Mountain Alpine resort is a further 30 minutes drive through windy tree lined roads.
At Lake Mountain you can enjoy snow play and tobogganing, snow shoeing, winter walks and skiing.
"Lake mountain is better for kids and much better value." MMG Member.
Mt Donna Buang is located in the Yarra Valley, overlooking Warburton in Victoria. It is approximately 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne CBD, which makes this mountain 'resort' of the closest, and can easily be reached on a day trip. The best part is, there are no car fees to get to Mt Donna Buang, so you are looking at a day trip with the lowest costs!
The term 'resort' is used quite loosely because Mount Donna Buang has no cafes or clothing shops so you need to bring everything with you, including food. There are toilets and BBQs plus a heated shelter if you need to keep warm.
That said, on predicted snow days, a food van and toboggan hire truck usually turn up.
Do check for the weather conditions before you commit to your day trip, because snow isn't always guaranteed.
Bear in mind this article is dedicated to the best day trips to the snow from Melbourne, so while there are plenty of other options such as Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, and Falls Creek, you are looking at a journey of between 3.5 - 5 hours each way, which would consider the aforementioned resorts more of an overnight stay.
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