We check out some of the latest and greatest places to dine, enjoy a bevy and lay your head after a magical day on the slopes in the state of Victoria.
Falls Creek – one of the prettiest ski resorts in Australia and the largest in Victoria – is famed for its European style ski-in, ski-out village that sits 1780 metres up on the top of a picture-perfect mountain dotted with eucalypts and snow gums.
The resort is also renowned for mountain biking in the warmer months, its stunning alpine wildflower season in summer, abseiling, hiking, fly-fishing (for trout and salmon) and for the world-class food, wine and beer offerings sourced from the nearby villages and farms of the High Country and Dinner Plains.
Traverse Alpine Group
Traverse Alpine Group (TAG) – owners of Astra Falls Creek, Huski Kitchen, Cloud 9, Dicky Knees and Frying Pan Inn – are the largest hospitality employer at Falls Creek, and a growing employer in the Bright and Albury/Wodonga Regions. They pride themselves on designing and delivering exceptional food and beverage offerings in fabulously refurbished venues. Their concepts are fresh, exciting and on the cutting edge of the hospitality and entertainment industry.
The team at TAG are excited to welcome another Winter Season and are keen to create wonderful memories for all guests who stay or dine with them this winter.
Astra Falls Creek
Once you arrive at Astra Falls Creek, you may never want to leave. Astra is a slice of luxury in the Victorian Alps, and guests may be surprised to find that a stay at Astra is about so much more than just the incredible skiing.
Having been awarded Best Boutique Ski Hotel for 7 consecutive years (2016 – 2022) by the World Ski Awards in Austria, Astra’s stylish European Alpine décor and charm combined with good old-fashioned hospitality brings a sense of warmth and style to this special slice of paradise. A carefully selected range of eclectic art, leather, timber, stone and stylish soft furnishings complement Astra’s spectacular mountain views. Astra offers an award-winning Day Spa which boasts a magnesium swimming pool, with a sauna & hot tub – a great place to soak after a big day on the slopes! If you want to relax and unwind, you are spoilt for choice from our carefully crafted treatment menu.
Guests can relax by the fire in the bar with a cocktail and delicious Après menu daily. Dinner service offers a modern Alpine inspired menu featuring produce from local growers in Victoria’s Northeast.
If you are looking for something a little extra, Astra features a World Class wine cellar showcasing wines from all over the world which you can experience with your very own Sommelier.
This one-of-a-kind property is an absolute must experience!
Astra Day Spa
Retreat into Astra Day Spa after a big day on the slopes or even if you just would like to indulge. Whether you’re seeking a relaxation massage, a manicure, a pedicure, or a facial, Astra Day Spa has you covered. Feel the day’s pressures melt away as you immerse yourself in one of their world class spa treatments, inspired by the natural beauty and mountain sanctuary right outside your door. You will leave feeling relaxed and reinvigorated ready for the next part of your holiday!
Astra Wine Cellar
Astra is proud to present a stellar collection of vintages from the world’s best wine regions. Their unique wine cellar experience offers guests an exclusive opportunity to dine in the cellar with guidance from Astra’s in house sommelier. Join them for a customised dining and wine tasting experience completely tailored to your needs, suitable for between 2 – 6 guests. Minimum spend applies.
Huski Kitchen features a delicious Southeast Asian Style Menu offering a great range of Falls Creeks favourite dishes! Huski Kitchen is the perfect place to gather the family for an early dinner or simply relax and share some laughs with friends over their shared style dinner menu. Add some carefully crafted cocktails or a bottle of wine from their wine wall, then sit back and relax – allow the Huski Kitchen team to take care of you. Huski Kitchen offers an intimate, casual dining experience as well as a great new breakfast offering for 2023.
The Frying Pan Inn is located in the historic heart of Falls Creek’s famous Village Bowl at the base of the Summit. The Pan serves a delicious range of classic craft beers and superbly prepared barbeque style dishes in an elegant and rustic inspired pub atmosphere. The Frying Pan Inn offers great views of the Summit, foosball, pool and a family friendly atmosphere. The Frying Pan Inn Bakery is open, offering barista made Honeybird coffee, toasties and other yummy breakfasts to grab on the go.
Cloud9 is at the top of Halley’s Comet Chairlift – the main meeting point in Falls Creek while on the mountain. Undergoing a major renovating over the next 3 years, Cloud 9 will soon become one of the greenest hospitality venues in the southern hemisphere. Stage 1 of the Cloud 9 re-development progressed well over Summer. For 2023, guests can expect a new menu to compliment many of the old classics at Cloud 9. The extension to the Mezzanine Level will mean more seating throughout the restaurant, which will be wonderful, particularly during the lunch hour rush. This summer’s work is just the beginning of the grand re-development setting the scene for elevated food and beverage options for 2023 and beyond.
Dicky Knees: Under new management for 2023, Dicky Knees is welcomed back to the TAG Family. After a facelift and with new vibe, guests can expect a range of local and European style fare, pretzels, kranskys and snacks, as well as excellent barista made coffee. Dicky Knees will be the perfect on mountain stop for guests this winter and will have snow enthusiasts well fed and back out onto the slopes to enjoy the rest of their day.
Looking for more to do in Victoria? Check out the best experiences in Melbourne this winter!