Ah the Victorian High Country is such a beautiful majestic place, but I may be biased. I’m a mountain girl. Don’t get me wrong, I like the beach but I LOVE the mountains. There is something about the crisp clean air, the sound of the breeze through the trees, the birds and cracking of branches and leaves underfoot, ah it just melts my soul.
I also happen to love the snow, which is not something we get to experience a great deal of in Australia, which may be why I love it. We don’t have to deal with the downside of snowfall, the unpredictable weather, the snow on the roads, the airport delays – those things I am more than happy to live without! I cannot, however live without an annual weekend trip up to Mt Buller in the winter. It’s a rite of passage in my book. Snowball fights, toboggan fun, snowman making and of course if you can ski and/or snowboard then it’s also right at your doorstep!
Australian Snowfields can be expensive, I’m not going to lie. However, 2 years ago, I stumbled upon a fantastic on mountain property that provides a much cheaper alternative. Now, in my book if you are going to go to all the effort of going to the snow you need to get the full experience so on mountain accommodation is the only way to go. There is nothing better than waking up and looking out at fresh snow fall first thing in the morning. Having the ability to run outside and play around whenever you feel like it or simply head out for a morning ski return to your accommodation for a few hours and then head out again later, all warm toasty and dry!! And with the bumper snow season that the Victorian Ski fields are having this year, why would you not get out and get into some snow fun!!
When I came across Sundowner Lodge Mt Buller, I knew I had found my home away from home. The property was purchased just 2 years ago, by brother and sister team Brian and Kat who completely renovated the inside and out. A beautifully simple yet warm, cosy and open lodge style accommodation, Sundowner features a large fully equipped kitchen, open plan living and dining areas and a nice little open fire to toast your feet by at the end of a hard day snowboarding (or sipping après ski cocktails if that so takes your fancy!) The fully equipped kitchen is a god send – especially if you are trying to stay on a budget or save a few bucks on the mountain. Food up on the mountain is pricey so BYO supplies and cook up a storm for breakfast and dinner each night, which will save you big $$$$, especially for families.
Rooms are offered bunk style in a range of sizing options and are just enough to lay your belongings and rest your head after a big day on the slopes. The recently renovated shower and bathroom facilities ensure there is no waiting in line and the water is always pumping hot. Kids are also really happy at Sundowner with plenty of old school games on offer to keep them entertained but also a huge communal TV complete with DVD player.
The split-level design of Sundowner means that no one is far away but also not on top of each other. Our recent school holiday stay saw it packed to the rafters at full capacity and I’m happy to say that not once did we feel on top of the other guests or ran out of utensils, plates or cutlery. The large wrap around picture windows capture stunning light and beautiful Eucalyptus tree views, which also help keep the space open and inviting – especially when the snow is falling outside.
Sundowners rates are great for on mountain accommodation but are even more attractive if you are able to plan your stay around the half price Monday or Thursday night deals on offer. Check out the Sundowner Lodge Mt Buller website for more information, price and availability.