It’s set to be an especially hot summer this year, and while everyone else crowds the coast for a slim stretch of sand, taking the family for a High Country holiday is well worth considering as an alternative. Falls Creek, one of Australia’s prettiest and best-situated alpine resorts, is brimming with activities and events in the warmer months. From mountain bike tours of the High Plains to secluded swimming holes surrounded by wildflowers, there’s something for everyone. “Summer holiday” and “ski resort” aren’t usually said in the same sentence, but they should be – here’s how to holiday at Falls Creek this summer.

Explore over 50 kilometres of mountain bike trails (with difficulty levels for everyone)
Mountain biking is Falls Creek’s signature offering this summer. Over 50 kilometres of gravity-fed trails flow down the mountain from the village, with suitable options for every level of rider from beginner to expert. Confident riders can earn their stripes on Skyline, a thrilling new five-kilometre descent from the rocky mountain summit to the fern-lined gullies and cool creeks at Howmans Gap. A shuttle bus then conveniently whisks you back to the top for another go. There are plenty of green-rated trails for newbies and dual-suspension mountain bikes can be rented from the Village Bike Cafe (where you can also grab a coffee and lunch while you rest your quads).

Take a hike (or e-bike ride) through the High Plains
Falls Creek is home to some of the best hiking in the High Country and is the gateway to many historic huts on the Bogong High Plains. The four-kilometre Aqueduct Trail is an easy ramble that links Rocky Valley Lake with Wishing Well (a small waterhole with views over the Kiewa Valley), while Wallaces Heritage Trail visits two historic huts (allow a half-day). A guided e-bike tour with [Falls Creek Guides] (https://www.fallscreekguides.com.au/) is a great way to cover more ground and see parts of the High Plains you’d never normally make it to. You can even do an overnight camping adventure, with all gear provided.

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Play a round of disc golf
For the uninitiated, disc golf is a cross between frisbee and golf – although you don’t need to be an expert in either to enjoy a round at the Nordic Bowl, a short walk from the village. Rather than a hole in the ground, you’ll be flinging your disc into an elevated basket (called a “pole hole”) and competing against others in your group. It’s great fun for the whole family, but be warned – things can get competitive. You can pick up your disc set from the visitor information centre in the village. Plus, all children receive a certificate upon completion of the nine-hole course.

Take a dip (and snap some photos) at the Blue Pools
Not too many people know about this photogenic rockpool just off Pretty Valley Road (and even fewer know how to get there). Nestled between rocky outcrops and surrounded by wildflowers, the clear, turquoise-tinged water is utterly refreshing – particularly on a hot summer day. Bring a picnic and find a spot on the smooth rocks, or sunbathe in total seclusion. Call in at the Falls Creek Visitor Information Centre for directions (or ask a local on the mountain).

Book your tickets for FEASTIVAL Falls Creek, February 2024

FEASTIVAL Falls Creek is a family-friendly three-day festival of music, art, comedy, wine and, of course, feasting. In 2024, it will run from February 16–18. Slalom Plaza will be packed with the best local food, wine and drink vendors from around the High Country. Live music hits the main stage on the Saturday, with The Temper Trap headlining a stellar line-up that includes Thelma Plum, Holy Holy and The Grogans. There will also be an art exhibition, a maker’s market and a Friday-night comedy show. Kids will be kept well-entertained with yoga, circus and arts workshops, face painting and a kids’ zone full of activities, as well as the usual mountain bike shuttles throughout the weekend.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Falls Creek.