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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: as­; 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.

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