Getting to Falls Creek and High Country is an easy and scenic drive approximately 3 to 4 hours northeast of Melbourne. This stunning alpine region is also accessible from Sydney, with both routes travelling along the Hume Highway and passing through Albury Wodonga, Wangaratta, Glenrowan and Benalla.
Following the Hume Freeway, take the sealed all-weather Great Alpine Road at Wangaratta and head through the Ovens Valley to Mount Buffalo. If you’re wanting to visit the Gippsland Lakes or Bairnsdale, continue on across the Great Dividing Range and follow the winding road down to the Mount Buffalo National Park turn off just before Bright at the Porepunkah roundabout.
If you’re heading to Falls Creek, take the Kiewa Valley Highway turn off after Bright and follow the Great Alpine Road all the way to Mount Hotham, Dinner Plain and onto Falls Creek. You can also head north from Bairnsdale along the Great Alpine Road, passing through Omeo.
If you plan on visiting Mount Buller, Mansfield and Elidon then you’ll need to take the Maroondah Highway. You can also take the Midland Highway to continue on to Benalla, however a more direct route to Benalla, Rutherglen and Milawa is via the Hume Freeway from Melbourne.
No matter which route you decide to take, always remember your show chains, especially when driving up the mountains during snow season. If you don’t own snow chains, they can be rented from a number of equipment hire places scattered around the region. If you plan to head off any of the main roads, a 4WD is highly recommended.
If you require public transport, there are a number of rail and coach services that operate within the region including frequent V/Line trains running from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station to Albury via Benalla and Wangaratta. There are also a number of coach services that operate within the region and direct flights to Mount Hotham between Sydney and Melbourne via QantasLink during ski season only.