From Sydney, fly to Albury and then take a private transfer or shuttle bus to the resort (about two hours). From Melbourne, the drive is about 4.5 hours. Falls Creek is vehicle-free and the car park at the village base doesn’t take long to fill so it’s better to opt for the hassle-free shuttle. More: astralodge.com.au; fallscreek.com.au. ate skiers and boarders, but there is decent advanced terrain, too. The black runs aren’t open when I visit early in the season, which lasts until October 1, but the blue and green runs are a fun way to get my snow legs back into shape. At the top of the main chairlift, Halley’s Comet, it is only a quick skate before I’m gliding down the intermediate Main Street, Highway 83 and, my favourite, Nastar Race Course. This time of winter though, the steeper trails off Scotts, Ruined Castle and Summit chairlifts have snow cover and are ready for riding.
Although Astra Lodge is a fine example of contemporary on-trend alpine design, the owners have stayed true to good old-fashioned mountain hospitality. When in residence, it’s not uncommon to see Seaton and Dawes mingling with guests and asking about their stay. They may be self-described “accidental hoteliers”, but they clearly have found their calling.
Jennifer Ennion was a guest of Astra Lodge.