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 (owners of Astra Falls Creek, Huski Kitchen, Cloud9 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.
After two difficult years of COVID-19 and lockdowns, the team at Falls Creek are looking forward to a fantastic 2022 winter season – and the early snow definitely builds the excitement!
Astra Falls Creek
To those familiar with Falls Creek, Astra Falls Creek needs no introduction. Astra oozes style and alpine cosiness, and has been voted Australia’s best ski boutique hotel at the World Ski Awards in Kizbühel for the last six consecutive years (2016 – 2021).
Astra is luxurious and modern, yet with its high wood-panelled ceilings and walls (complete with a mounted elk’s head), enormous stone fireplace and chesterfield couches, it unites European alpine chalet-style with a Rocky Mountains log cabin approach, both styles bringing warmth and a sense of country charm to the table. The range of eclectic art, leather, timber, stone and stylish soft furnishings complement Astra’s spectacular mountain views. The restaurant’s offerings are all based upon the use of fresh local produce and are as artfully crafted as the surrounds.
Huski Kitchen is the cool, streamlined, modern sister to Astra, where lots of dark wood and chunky communal tables give it oodles of wow factor while also allowing it to maintain a welcoming warmth. It’s a popular place for breakfast, coffee and après-ski drinks, and it’s more intimate than Astra, with a smaller café and bar.
The delicious Huski favourites are back for 2022, with some new and exciting dishes to match. Offering a great range of South East Asian dishes, with a wide selection of cocktails, beers and a curated wine list, Huski Kitchen is Falls Creeks best kept secret and offers family friendly casual dining at its best. This year try their Feeling Chili Feed Me Menu – with a chef’s selection of favourite dishes. They have also created a new wine wall for Winter 2022 featuring local and international wines for all tastes and budgets.
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 Winemakers Dinner. Image by Riley Matthews.
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.
Cloud9 & Frying Pan Inn in Falls Creek, Victoria
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. Once this was once a place where you went for fried take-away food and maybe a mainstream beer. Not anymore, my friend. Now this trendy eatery and bar with some of the best views in Falls Creek has a cool mezzanine bar and lounging area (with great mulled wine), a zip-in, zip-out meat pie servery, and a wood-fired pizza and pasta joint.
Looking for more to do in Victoria? Check out the best experiences in Melbourne this winter!