Mt Buller is the ideal destination for first time snow visitor. An easy three hour drive from Melbourne, you can be up here and enjoying our beautiful mountain Village in next to no time!
You'll always remember your first trip to the snow - the fun and amazement of a world so different to anything else.
There are a few things to be aware of when you're planning a trip to the snow, so we've put together the following information to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible.
If this is your first snow experience, why not let our friendly reservations team help you plan your holiday? Chat to one of our team members on 1800 BULLER or make an enquiry online.
What to wear
Get your visit off on the right foot by making sure you have the right clothing to keep you warm and dry. In the snow it's best to dress in layers to trap warm air and give you flexibility for changing conditions, with a waterproof outer layer to keep you dry. Waterproof pants and jackets are available for hire or purchase from a range of retail outlets in Mansfield and at Mt Buller.
Don't forget a beanie or a helmet - it will keep your head warm and helmets are a smart choice to keep you safer on the slopes. Good gloves are also a must; it's hard to have a great time with frozen fingers! Please note that goggles, gloves and beanies cannot be hired due to hygeine reasons - you'll need to purchase before your trip or from one of the many outlets on the mountain.
Checklist of essentials
- Waterproof pants (or overalls) and jacket
- Ski goggles and/or sunglasses
- Waterproof ski gloves or mittens
- Beanie or helmet*
- Warm jumper or fleece and light wool undergarments/thermals
- Sunscreen (30+) and lip balm
- Long socks - light/medium weight
*All kids participating in any Ski & Snowboard School programs MUST wear a helmet. Play it safe and put "Lids on your Kids".
If you are coming to Mt Buller for the day it's a really good idea to bring a dry change of clothes for a comfy trip home. If you are lucky enough to be staying on longer we recommend bringing some sturdy boots for walking around the Village and winter woolies to keep you toasty as you head out to après and explore our great nightlife.
Travelling to Mt Buller
Mt Buller is an easy and scenic three-hour drive from Melbourne, and there are a variety of options for getting here by coach, hire car, airport transfer and even helicopter! Check out the ‘Getting Here' section of the website. It'll tell you all you need to know about getting up into our winter wonderland in just a few hours.
If you're driving to Mt Buller and staying overnight, you will need to carry wheel chains by law. If you're visiting for the day, you may or may not need to carry chains depending on snow and road conditions. The daily wheel chain declaration is made each afternoon and is communicated via a number of channels. For everything you need to know about wheel chain requirements, please click here.
Driving in the snow
Driving is snowy and icy conditions can be very different to regular driving and therefore you need to adjust your driving to stay safe. We've put together a comprehensive list of snow driving tips that you can find by clicking here.
Resort Entry Fees & Car Parking
You'll know you're nearly at Mt Buller when you reach the Resort entry gates at Mirimbah, at the base of the mountain. Here you'll need to pay the Resort entry fee, which is a levy set by the government that contributes to maintaining essential services within the Resort. These services include environmental management, snow clearing, water treatment, garbage collection, recycling and more. Resort entry fees are detailed by clicking here.
At the Resort entry gates you can also pre-pay for your over-snow taxi fare if you are staying overnight. You'll need to pay for a taxi to transport you from the car parks (which are located 1.5km below the Mt Buller Village) to your accommodation, which costs $20.50 per adult and $13 per child one way. If you're just coming for the day and have no luggage, you can jump on one of our FREE Village shuttle buses to whisk you up to the Village in a couple of minutes. For further information on taxi fares, please click here.
Once you're up on our beautiful Village, it's easy to get around. Everything is within walking distance, and there are free intra-Village shuttle buses that do regular loops around the Village on three colour-coded routes. Check out the Village Map by clicking here. Make sure you pick up a copy of the Mt Buller Insiders' Guide - this handy pocket reference has all you need to know while you're visiting Mt Buller. Drop into the Clock Tower Information Centre in the Village Square or visit Alpine Central next to the Village toboggan slope to grab your copy.
Mt Buller has the most on-mountain accommodation of all Victorian ski resorts, with over 7000 beds in our beautiful mountain Village. You’ll feel on top of the world when you step out of your accommodation and onto the slopes in next to no time.
The Mt Buller Village
The shuttle bus from the car park will drop you right to the Village Square where you will find all you need before heading to the slopes.
Lift Ticket Offices
Pick up your B-TAG lift and lesson passes at the Sale Yards Ticket office next to Cattleman's Café or up at the Ski & Snowboard School. You can skip the line altogether if you go online and pre-purchase your B-TAG at mtbuller.com.au. We can even mail it to you.
Retail & Rental
Getting the gear you need is easy with a range of retail and rental outlets right here in resort. Experienced staff will help you choose and fit the gear you need and share helpful advice on everything from fitting skis, snowboards and boots to helping you find a good pair of gloves. It's easy to rent for the day and drop your gear back before you leave with most stores handy to the slopes. You can even purchase your lift B-TAG, lessons and other items in one simple transaction at Buller Sports outlets.
Free Village Shuttle
An easy way to get around the Village and it's FREE! Regular Village loop services leave the Village Square from the same spot as the car park shuttle and stops are clearly signposted and colour coded around the Village.
The Village Square is the hub of Mt Buller featuring a great selection of clothing and equipment retailers, cafes and restaurants - all in one central location. There is also a supermarket, ATM and tourist information.
Access to Mt Buller slopes
Up the stairs above Buller Sports Central, you'll find the Blue Bullet Chairlift. This travels above Mt Buller's main beginner area, Bourke Street, and is the gateway to the Resort's upper slopes.
Learn from the best - take a lesson
Once you have your B-TAG pass, skis or a board you'll want to head to the Ski & Snowboard School. A lesson with our friendly team of instructors will have you making turns in style and is also a great way to learn your way around the slopes.
No trip to Mt Buller is complete without venturing onto the slopes! You can purchase your lift passes – we call them a B-TAG – online before you arrive. We’ll even post them to you.
Buy a B-TAG online now
It’s also a smart idea to jump into a lesson with our friendly experts at the Ski & Snowboard School. There are lessons for everyone, at all levels. Skiing and boarding is fantastic fun and lessons are the best way to make the most of your time on the slopes!
Check out lesson options here.
What else can I do?
There is so much to do at Mt Buller, both on and off the snow, that you’ll be spoilt for choice. On the snow, choose from skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and snowshoeing, whilst off the snow you can visit the day spa, catch a movie at the cinema, hit the indoor rock climbing wall, head out on the Gnome Roam and much more. Click below to check out all the fantastic activities available at Mt Buller during winter.
Mt Buller also has a fantastic event calendar jam-packed with events ranging from film festivals, food and wine shows and live music to skiing and snowboarding competitions and much more.
Click here to check out the event calendar and see what’s on during your visit.
The snow is a lot of fun but there are a few things to know to get here safely and have a great time on the mountain.Make sure you check out the snow driving tips and the Safety on the Slopes page to ensure you stay safe on the road and on the slopes.