Blue Dirt Mountain Bike Shuttles
The summer season sees Falls Creek’s ski runs transformed into world-class mountain bike tracks, with more than 40 kilometres of tracks for all ability levels. The longest single ride is the 10-kilometre descent from the summit to Howmans Gap. Blue Dirt Mountain Bike Shuttles help you cheat gravity, with shuttle buses parked in the village and at Howmans Gap to get you back up the mountain, so you can do it all again. Shuttles run all day and you can ride as many times as you like. Bike hire is also available for $99 a day. Shuttles run until April 19, 2022.
Falls Creek Guides
You don’t have to bring a lot of equipment (or have a lot of local knowledge) to enjoy adventures in the high plains. Falls Creek Guides provide you with everything you need to explore the mountains on electric bike or foot, taking care of the logistics and providing some valuable interpretation of the local area. There are nine cycling and hiking activities to choose from. Take an electric bike ride around Pretty Valley Pondage and up to Falls Creek summit (lunch included) or go all out on a five-day expedition adventure, with accommodation at Nelse Lodge and all meals included. For something in-between try the 24-kilometre Falls Creek Crown electric-bike ride, taking in views of Victoria’s highest peak, Mount Bogong, and the stunning Kiewa Valley.
We might not have much in the way of large, natural alpine lakes in Australia, but we have found a way to have fun with our water reservoirs. At 1800 metres above sea level, Rocky Valley Lake is the country’s highest significant body of water. Peak Adventure run a two-hour kayaking or Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) lesson in the lake, which includes all equipment, instruction plus an education in the local ecology. For an extra fee, you can even organise a picnic lunch. The Family Fun Paddle is a one-hour introduction suitable for the kids, while the Sundowner Paddle or Ride offers an evening kayak tour of the lake. There’s a picnic hamper of local produce available as an add-on, which includes Posh Plonk wine, Bright Brewery beer, and Milawa Cheese Co cheese. It can get chilly on the lake so consider bringing some warmer layers, or at least a wind-proof jacket.
Mountain walking and hiking
You can’t come to the high country and not be lured to stroll among the wildflowers and the marbled trunks of the snow gums. And you needn’t walk far to find secluded gems. The Aqueduct Trail leads from the village and crosses mountain bike trails and winter ski runs, heading out around the Nordic Bowl and to Rocky Valley Lake. If you’re seeking something outside the village area, then head into the Alpine National Park (which surrounds the village), following the Wallaces Heritage Trail past historic Wallace Hut, the oldest cattleman’s hut in the national park, and the 1929-built Cope Hut, or you can climb Mount Cope, one of the highest peaks in the High Country at 1837 metres. Other walks include the more leisurely Fainter Falls track, a 1.5-kilometre return trail with a gentle uphill hike to the falls themselves, and the Frying Pan Spur, which is best tackled at sunset and provides stunning edge-of-the-world views of the mountains and surrounding valleys (just be sure to pack a head torch for the walk back).
Never tried disc golf? Think of it as a cross between frisbee, golf and a walk in nature. Surprisingly fun, disc golf is one of those games that brings out the competitive spirit in people you least expect. The rules are similar to golf: you tee off (or “tee throw”) from a set point and aim to get your disc into specialised, elevated baskets (or “pole hole”) with the least number of throws. The Falls Creek course has nine holes and is located in the picturesque Nordic Bowl, and you can rent discs from the Visitor Information Centre. Kids will get a certificate of completion when they return their score card. Remember, lowest score wins.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Falls Creek Resort. Learn more about Falls Creek Resort here.