Hiking and Biking Your Way Through Mount Buller

Why Mount Buller Should Be Top of Your Australia Travel List

Perched high in Victoria's glorious mountains, the charming alpine village of Mount Buller beckons skiers and nature lovers alike with its enchanting natural beauty and easy access to year-round adventures. Though located just two hours' drive from Melbourne, this mountain escape often feels like a world away, offering visitors a chance to relax among breathtaking scenery and reconnect with nature. Whether you're looking to ski towering slopes, hike scenic high country trails, or simply unwind with a hot chocolate by the fire, Mount Buller promises an unforgettable getaway. In this travel guide, we'll cover all you need to know to plan your perfect mountain escape.


Getting to Mount Buller

Rising to an elevation of 1,814 meters, Mount Buller is easily accessible via a two-hour drive from Melbourne along the gorgeous Highway 36. The well-maintained road winds up through verdant green valleys before opening onto magnificent panoramic views as you reach the snow line. Free parking is available just outside the village, or you can book a shuttle transfer through services like BitBook for a convenient door-to-door option. There are also luxury coach transfers running regularly during ski season for those who don't want to drive themselves.

When to Visit

The main ski season runs from early June through late September, with the depths of winter usually bringing the best and most consistent pow. However, with snowfalls sometimes persisting into November, the season can stretch into early fall as well. Outside of winter, the mountains are just as beautiful, with clear alpine air and colorful wildflower blooms welcoming spring hikers and summer climbers. Autumn is a gorgeous time to see the foliage change colors before quiet winter descends once more. No matter when you visit, be prepared for temperature swings and pack layers for unpredictable weather.

Activities and Adventures

Skiing and Snowboarding

Mount Buller's ski fields regularly get blanketed in several meters of powder, with 18 ski lifts and runs to suit all abilities snaking across five interconnected areas. Beginners can learn the ropes in the scenic Dellquadra area, while experts enjoy tearing down doubles like Ingrims Peak and Valley Road. You can book ski and snowboard rentals, lessons, packages and more through BitBook for hassle-free planning.



When the snow melts, over 100km of marked mountain trails are revealed, winding through subalpine forests and alpine meadows with magnificent lookouts around every corner. Popular routes include the Mt. Stirling hike and the picturesque lookout at Federation Peak. Be sure to pack sturdy boots and take detailed maps.


After a long day on the slopes, relax with family and friends in one of Buller's charming mountain lodges. Indulge in wood-fired pizzas, craft beers on tap, and live music at places like The Bakery. Or simply unwind with a book by the roaring fire as fresh mountain air flows in through huge windows. Most lodges also offer nightly entertainment like quizzo, karaoke and dancing.


Mountain Biking

In summer, Buller's scenic fire trails transform into a playground for pedal-powered adventure. Rent a hardtail from local outfitters and hit famous tracks like the Picturesque Circuit or challenging World Cup downhill trails. Beginners can stick to gentler valley paths.

Where to Stay

With accommodation from budget bunkhouses to luxury ski-in/ski-out lodges, there are lodging options to suit every style and budget. Here are a few top picks:

Mansfield Apartments - As the name suggests, this cozy hostel is perfect for solo travelers on a budget, with neatly furnished dorms, a large kitchen and common areas by an open fireplace.

Mansfield Travellers Lodge - For families or groups, these modern self-contained apartments with full kitchens can't be beat. Most have ski-in/ski-out balconies overlooking the slopes.

Deck Quarters - The Grande Vista - This historic chalet-style beauty is beautifully decorated with designer furnishings, crackling fireplaces and an upscale dining experience serving gourmet breakfasts included in the rate.

The Sebel Pinnacle Valley - Centrally located and full of charm, Humphreys charms with vintage decor, friendly hosts and complimentary afternoon tea in the snow room lounge each day.

Whether you book a quick getaway or an extended mountain escape, Buller's rustic beauty and bounty of activities will leave you feeling recharged in both body and soul. With its accessibility from Melbourne and family-friendly atmosphere, this hidden gem deserves a spot on any adventure lover's Australian bucket list.

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