Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria. The city is situated on the Yarra River and offers a wide range of culinary, cultural, sporting and retail events.
- Avalon Airport (Serviced exclusively by Jetstar)
People who wish to get to the CBD from both airports are able to use the Airport Shuttle. The Airport shuttle buses are clean and modern. Taxis are also available from the taxi ranks at the airports. Travelling from the Airport to the CBD by taxi can cost an average of $50-$60. Limosines are also available at Melbourne Airport for people wishing to travel in style.
Car Hire There are plenty of car hires located around the Melbourne metropoliton region. The best place to start would be at the Melbourne Airport. The problem with the car hires at Melbourne Airport however is that they can be expensive, so you been warned! If you are staying at a hotel in the CBD, your are almost certainly going to be able to ask the people behind the check-in office to arrange a car hire for you the next day.
Air The only ski resort in Victoria to have a dedicated air service would be Mt Hotham. The other ski resorts in Victoria however, do not offer air services other than helicopter joy riding.
Taxis Generally, you shouldn't have a problem with taxis in Melbourne, but be prepared for the odd one out of the group with a hygiene problem. Generally, the taxi drivers should know vaguely the location of the suburb that you are going to since it is part of their requirements.
Rail Using rail to get to the ski resorts can be a bit limited. For Mt Buller, if you must go by rail, you can catch a V/line train to Seymour and catch a coach from there to Mansfield. For Mt Hotham and Falls Creek, catch a V/line or XPT train to Wangeratta and transfer to a coach to Bright or Mount Beauty depending on which ski resort you are travelling to.
Toll Roads The toll roads in Melbourne do not have coin chutes, all the tolls are processed electronically via the 'E-tag'. If you are hiring a car, make sure that you know their policy on toll roads.
Things to Do (Snow)
Approx distances from Melboune to major Victorian resorts
- Mt Hotham - 350km
- Mt Buller - 230km
- Falls Creek - 370km
- Mt Baw Baw - 160km
- Mt Buffalo - 300km
- Lake Mountain - 120km (cross country only)
- Mt Stirling - 230km (cross country only)
Directions for Driving from Melbourne to the snow.
For the dedicated snow enthusiast it is possible to do a day trip to all the resorts in Victoria, Fatigue however will probably detract from your enjoyment at the furthest resorts as well as making the trip home somewhat risky. Day trips to Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buffalo, while possible, are not very practical. Mt Buller and Mt Baw Baw are the main alternatives for day trips to lifted resorts.
Things to Do (Free-time)
Hot Chocolate To try a unique hot chocolate, go to the Arcade (opposite to the GPO) and buy it from Koko Black. This shop has been voted as the best hot chocolate in Melboourne, so it is worth a visit.
Fashion For a wide range of fashion, head to the massive department store of Myers in Bourke Street. Also give David Jones next door a try as well. Still cannot find what you want, then head to the GPO to try out some latest trendy fashion.
Eat Lygon Street is a popular choice amongst the Melbournians. Generally an Italian street with plenty of restuarants to choose from. Another popular eatery would be the Indain restuarant named "Bohj" located at the Docklands, it has been voted as the best Indian restuarant in Melbourne and Victoria.
Swim If you need to swim, Melbourne Sport Aquatic Centre is an ideal place to swim looking good. For people wishing to have a quiet relaxing swim, North Fitzroy Pool is not to be missed especially in the mornings.
Run A popular place for office workers to run would be the 'Tan', a running track that loops the Royal Botanical Gardens. Once you complete the run, there are many perfect coffee shops in the Domain for you to wind down.
River Cruise A river cruise can be interesting for people who want to see Melbourne via the river. The river cruises depart from the bank of the river at the Federation Square and travels downstream to the mouth of the river. The terminating point of the cruise is Williamstown, a small seaside suburb adjacent to the mouth of the Yarra. For families, a park is by the river front if the kids want to run around.
Buying Ski and Outdoor Gear
Renting Ski and Snowboard Gear
There are many ski hire shops scattered around the metropoliton Melbourne. Most ski hire shops are combined with surf or skate shops to maximise their profit during Summer or poor snow season.
- Wayne Ritchies Skiers Edge - a popular outdoor shop in Ringwood.
- Ringwood 68 Maroondah Hwy 3134. Ph: (03) 9870 7677
- Box Hill Ski & Surf Pty Ltd - popular outdoor shop (Also has its own indoor skate park)
- 693 Station St Box Hill 3128 Ph: (03) 9890 5914
- Bumps - Snow, Surf, Skate - a popular ski hire shop.
- 465 Glen Huntly Rd Elsternwick 3185. Ph: (03) 9528 2701
- Hardware Lane in the CBD has some good ski shops.