- 90 minutes from Melbourne
- Entry fee to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
- 3 hours of snow fun
- Dedicated snowman park
- Scenic Yarra Valley region
- Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
- Cross country ski trails
- Marysville & Steavenson Falls
- Yarra Valley Chocolatier
- Equipement / Clothing hire
- Toboggan Hire $13.50
- Flying Fox $20 ( 2 rides -- 240m Long zipline)
- Tube Run $10 (3 rides -- 100m long slide)
- Cross Country Ski Lessons & Equipment Hire: Incl. Equip & 60 minutes lesson -- Audlt $70 / Child $65
- Snow play clothing hire $22 - $45
- Padded Jacket & Pans $40
- Snow Boots $22
- PVC Jacket & Pants $30
- Helmet $12
- Snowsuit $22 (Child only)
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Yarra Valley was Victoria's first wine growing district – with a history stretching back over 160 years. Vines were first planted in 1838, and viticulture spread rapidly through the 1860s and 1870s. However, increased demand for fortified wine saw Yarra Valley wine production cease in 1921.
Replanting began in the late 1960s and by the early 1990s, the area under vine passed the high point of the 19th century. The Yarra Valley is now recognised as one of Australia's foremost cool climate producers, capable of making classic styles from a wide range of varieties.
It is impossible to favour a single variety as the star performer – since the Yarra Valley offers: sparkling wine including those made in partnership with French Champagne houses; fine Chardonnay; complex Pinot Noir; world class Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
Now the Yarra Valley is home to more than 80 wineries, ranging from small, family-owned operations to large estates.
Elevation 1,480 m (4,856 ft)
(Mount Kosciuszko Elevation 2,228m
Mount Everest, Elevation 8,848m!!)
Lake Mountain is a cross-country ski resort in Victoria 120 km from Melbourne. It is the most popular ski resort in Australia in visitor numbers due to its proximity to the populous city of Melbourne, mainly from casual visitors.
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is an Unincorporated area of Victoria surrounded by the Shire of Murrindindi.
There is no lake at Lake Mountain, the area was named after George Lake, who was the Surveyor-General of the area including the mountain. The Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is situated in a saddle between Lake Mountain and Echo Flat and provides access to a 37 km cumulative trail network through the surrounding Yarra Ranges National Park. It is an exclusively cross-country skiing resort, but the majority (80%) of the visitors to the resort throughout the year are a family demographic, with family groups being the main constituents. There are up to seven toboggan runs, though two main runs, which are open to the public. The first and most popular is directly adjacent to the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Day Visitor Centre, while the second brachiates off of the first for a longer and somewhat steeper slope. Snowboarding is not permitted.
The centre was opened on 12 June, 2004, a public holiday celebrating the Queen's Birthday. It cost $3.7 million along with the refurbishment and restructuring of two other buildings, a toilet block & visitor's locker room area, and the Ski Patroller's Centre, the main area for the coordination and first aid treatments employed by the Ski Patrollers.
It has several other facilities, such as two fully equipped conference centres and a licenced cafe' bar. The Heights Bar and Cafe' remains open all year round, to accommodate bushwalkers and bike riders.
In 2005, the Ski Patroller's Centre was equipped to operate as "Snow Gum Lodge" during the off-season, generally available between November and May, for secluded and private overnight stays. It was the only accommodation on-mountain but was destroyed in the 2009 bushfires.
Steavenson Falls is a waterfall on the Steavenson River 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south east of Marysville, Victoria, Australia. The falls are one of the tallest in Victoria, with 5 cascades, a total descent of 122 metres (400 ft), the last having a clear drop of more than 21 metres (69 ft)
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice –creamery.
Opened December 2012 on 16 Hectares on prime Yarra Valley land. Over 150 different chocolate varieties. The owners Ian and Leanne Neeland hired chocolatiers from France and Belgium and sponsored them to come to Australia to make fine chocolates and truffles.
Belgian chocolate is considered to be the gourmet standard by which all other chocolate confections are measured. Even the Swiss, known for their own high quality chocolate, imported the basic recipe from French and Belgian chocolatiers. What makes Belgian chocolate unique is the quality of ingredients and an almost fanatical adherence to Old World manufacturing techniques. Even in today's world of automation and mass production, most Belgian chocolate is still made by hand in small shops using original equipment. In fact, these small chocolate outlets are a popular draw for tourists visiting Belgium today
- Departs: Melbourne from 7.00am
- Returns: Melbourne from 5.30pm
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
- Season opens : 12th June to Aug / Sep (Snow Dependent)
What to bring: Suitable sturdy shoes, beanies, gloves, warm clothing for all weather conditions and money for lunch.