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The Right Way To Hit the Ski Slopes in Mount Buller, Australia's Winter Playground

Why skiing Australia should be on everyone's travel bucket list.
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Travelers to Australia tend to stick to the major cities, perhaps the Great Barrier Reef and then a wine region or two before jetting home, but this massive continent has so much more to offer if you dig a bit deeper—and fantastic skiing is just one of its many treasures. Located just a quick three-hour drive from central Melbourne, Mt. Buller offers quality snow, over 300 hectares of skiable terrain, a lively village for the perfect aprés-ski, and most of all, a great sense of warm Australian hospitality. Here are just a couple of our favorite places to eat, play and stay while hitting the slopes in style.


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WHERE TO EAT

Koflers Hutte

A classic Alpine ski in/ski out lunch for Mt. Buller insiders, this favorite is similar to what you might find in the European Alps. Fuel up on the mouthwatering lasagna or spaghetti bolognese, and maybe take a slice of apricot mogul cake to go so you can enjoy it on the lifts later on.

Kaptans Restaurant

Nothing pairs better with a long day on the slopes than a rich, authentic Austrian dinner by the fire. Come for the wiener schnitzel — stay for some fireside schnapps.

Black Cockatoo

Often hailed as some of the best cuisine in town, the inventive and experienced chefs use seasonal produce for a menu of large share plates. Highlights include tender wallaby tartare and stick-to-your-ribs chicken wings smothered in black pepper caramel.

Tirol's

With an interior that boasts vintage photographs, antlers and a menu full of Australian classics (think potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chili sauce), Tirol's is the spot you come early for lunch and end up staying for hours.

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WHERE TO PLAY

National Alpine Museum of Australia

If you have an hour to kill or just need a break from the action, swing by this quirky and charming museum to learn a bit about the history of winter sports in Australia. Located in the middle of town, its collection includes over 15,000 items, ranging from vintage films and posters, to skis and other equipment dating back to the 19th century.

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Birdcage

Nestled perfectly between town and the lifts, this local favorite is a must-stop in between runs, especially for happy hour. It stays busy all day from breakfast through dinner, so make sure you stop in for a flat white or a beer—and maybe meet a new friend or two in the process.

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Kooroora Hotel

It wouldn’t be an Aussie ski trip without a late night or two at the pub and this iconic dive is a Mt. Buller institution. There is a great happy hour scene, but things really start to pick up after dinner time—and the crowd stays rowdy well into the night.


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WHERE TO STAY

Mt. Buller Chalet Hotel & Suites

Complete with spa, steam room and sauna, this hotel in the heart of the village offers many ways to unwind after a big day of shredding on the slopes. The rooms are elegant and spacious, and—best of all—are located just steps from the main ski lift so you can do it all over again.


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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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