Travel & Accommodation

Australian travel requirements

You will need a valid  Australian Tourist Visa to enter Australia, unless you are an Australian citizen. The official government website is  For most people the eVisitor visa (subclass 651) is the best. It is free, and you apply direct online.


The Kangaroo Hoppet is held at Falls Creek in north east Victoria

The nearest international airport is Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine).

Catch the bus from Melbourne

There is a daily bus service during the ski season from Melbourne to Falls Creek, run by Falls Creek Coach Service.

Tel: +61 3 5754 4024.

The bus leaves from Bay 57 at Southern Cross Station (in the city centre of Melbourne) at 09.15 daily, and picks up at Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine) from the Terminal 4 Transport Hub at 09.45. It then travels direct to Falls Creek, arriving at 15.15 h.

The return trip to Melbourne leaves daily at 17.00 h, arriving at the International Airport at 20.15 h and at Southern Cross Station at 20.45 h.

The Falls Creek Coach Service internet site is at Bookings are essential


Catch the train from Melbourne

A VLine train service direct to Mt Beauty from Southern Cross station leaving at 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The train travels to Wangaratta where you catch the connecting VLine coach to Bright and a taxi service brings passengers the last 26km to Mount Beauty arriving about 5.30pm. The total cost from Melbourne, Southern Cross to Mount Beauty is around $11 one way, and tickets can be booked online or purchased from the VLine counter at Southern Cross Station.


The nearest domestic airport is Albury

If you are coming direct to Albury, there are daily flights to Albury from both Sydney and Melbourne international airports. From Melbourne, the coach is the best choice.

There are daily coaches from Albury direct through to Falls Creek, also run by Falls Creek Coach Service. The schedule is available on their website.


Private transfers from airport and train are also available

Mt Beauty Transfers offers a convenient, flexible and comfortable way to travel to and around our region.
Servicing Mt Beauty, Falls Creek, Albury/Wodonga and the Alpine area, we operate a year round service so you can enjoy Victoria’s High Country any time.

Phone: 0422 376 179
Facebook: Mt Beauty transfers
Instagram: @mtbeautytransfers


Car rental is another option

The drive is on good roads, and takes just under five hours from Melbourne to Falls Creek. Drive north from Melbourne on the Hume Highway. Just before Wangaratta there is a McDonalds Restaurant, turn off the highway about 300 metres past McDonalds onto the Snowroad. Travel via Milawa to Myrtleford. Three kms after Myrtleford take the left hand route to Mount Beauty and on to Falls Creek. Carrying snow chains to Falls Creek is compulsory and can be hired at any of the ski shops in Mt. Beauty.

When renting a car, make sure that the rental company allows the vehicle to be taken to the snow and to have chains fitted. There may be additional charges for that. Driving a car to the snow outside the terms of your rental agreement could invalidate your insurance.


Booking accommodation for Hoppet week or race weekend EARLY is essential.

Howmans Gap Alpine Centre

Located 4 km from cross country ski trails

Surrounded by mountain ash busland, Howmans Gap Alpine Centre is able to accommodate groups from 1 to 174 people in comfortable, warm and relaxing lodgings.

Group style accommodation and cabins.

Special Weekend Package Friday to Monday packages with three meals per day (packed lunches) for the 23 rd  to the 26 th August 2024.

Tel: (03) 5758 3228 Tel: int + 61 3 5758 3288 


Howmans Gap website

Falls Creek

Ski from your door.

Hotels, lodges, apartments. Falls Creek is a very popular ski resort. Accommodation bookings should be made as early as possible. We recommend the central reservation service which has details of most properties in the resort.

Falls Creek Central Reservations

Tel: (03) 5758 3733  or: int + 61 3 5758 3733

Within Australia : Freecall 1800 232 557


For general enquiries about Falls Creek: Falls Creek website

Mt Beauty / Tawonga

30km from Falls Creek cross country trails

Mt Beauty is where the Hoppet shop/registration and post race presentations are located

You can find accommodation at Visit Mount Beauty

More Motel and Holiday Units are available through any of the accommodation websites including Airbnb, Stayz, etc.

However, you will need a car with snow chains and a resort entry ticket to get to the snow each day. Alternatively there is the Falls Creek Coach or transfer  service that operates daily.

Local Eateries

Where to get a meal below the snowline. (Click the links for reviews and more info)

Grass Valley:
231 Kiewa Valley Highway,
Tawonga South.
Takeaway from 5pm, meals from 5.30pm.
Seasonal menu.
Bookings essential on 03 5754 4114.

Settlers Tavern:
232-236 Kiewa Valley Highway,
Tawonga South.
Meals from 5.30pm.
Bistro meals with daily specials.
Bookings preferred on 03 5754 4888.

Roi’s Diner Restaurant:
177 Kiewa Valley Highway,
Tawonga (5kms from Mt Beauty).
Takeaway pasta nights. Orders on 03 5754 4495

Mountain Monk Brewery:
Adjacent to the roundabout in Mt Beauty.
Bistro meals with daily specials. Bookings on 03 5754 4985.

Treats Cafe:
Bogong Ski Centre, Kiewa Valley Hwy,
Tawonga Sth. 03 5754 1515.
Meals all day till 7:00 pm

Swiss & Chips:
223 Kiewa Valley Hwy,
Tawonga Sth. 035754 4422.
Fish and Chips, burgers, pizza, salads, roast chicken, eat in or ring and order takeaway.

Bombay Velvet:
1/10 Hollonds Street
Mt. Beauty 0426 843811
Tasty Indian food Monday to Sunday 8am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm

Lilly Pilly Larder & Cafe:
225 Kiewa Valley Highway,
Tawonga South 0415 813 763
delicious home made food