QT Falls Creek Review | The Easiest Snow Holiday In Australia
So, you’ve got your leave approved from work and your next holiday on your mind. You want to go somewhere different to the usual but don’t want to travel too far. Well, we’ve got the perfect solution! Why not consider a snow getaway? As it turns out, our local ski resorts are actually quite world-class. While the snow season is over for the year, it’s not too early to start planning for next winter. We recently went to Falls Creek in Victoria as guests of QT Hotel, where we got to try their new Ski Concierge service. We also found out whether the ski fields make for a nice Australian holiday…
Falls Creek is about 350kms north-east of Melbourne, in the Alpine National Park. The nearest airport is Albury, which is then around two hours drive to the resorts. QT has a direct transfer for guests from the airport to the hotel, which makes planning a whole lot easier. If you’re fortunate enough to have the time to explore Albury instead of heading straight down to the snow, you’ll be rewarded as there’s a lot to do in the city. We spent a night at the Atura Hotel; an interesting, art-inspired hotel with facilities and comforts aplenty. Their in-house restaurant, the Atura Roadhouse Bar & Grill, was a great venue for a chilled out evening ahead of hitting the slopes at Falls Creek the next day.
The city is also home to the Murray Art Museum Albury (MaMa). A gallery with an extensive collection of interesting local and international works, as well as some pretty unique exhibitions, it’s definitely worth a visit.
QT Falls Creek
Having stayed in a couple of QT hotels previously, I was pretty excited to see what the Falls Creek arm had to offer. The design of each hotel is inspired by its location, so no two are the same. Though slightly less quirky than its Sydney or Canberra counterparts, QT Falls Creek still proved to be an exciting and fun place to stay. Its stellar location can’t be beaten. Found right at the base of the main runs, you can basically step out of the hotel and onto a chairlift!
Ski Concierge Service
Skiing and snowboarding both require a pretty decent amount of equipment, most of which is generally hired from rental places around the ski resorts. Knowing where the best one to go to can often be pretty confusing too. That’s why QT Falls Creek recently launched the ultra easy and convenient QT Ski Concierge service. Through QT Ski Concierge, you can pre-order all of the equipment you require and skip the queue at the rental shop. The only things excluded from hire are goggles and gloves, which you’ll need to BYO for hygiene reasons. If you know the size you need for items like ski jackets and pants, they’ll send it all up to your room ready for your arrival. As well as equipment hire, the service also arranges lessons and lift passes. Furthermore, it also ensures hotel guests always get the best price and information every time. It takes a lot of the fuss out of going skiing or snowboarding, whether it’s your first time or you’re a regular.
One, two, or three-bedroom size rooms are on offer at QT Falls Creek. The cost of the larger rooms may seem fairly prohibitive at first, but it actually works out really effectively if you go with a group and split the cost. Each room is fitted out with kitchen facilities like an oven, microwave, fridge, and stovetop, so it feels more like you’re staying in an apartment than a hotel. This is great if you don’t want to splurge on meals out every day or if you’d rather just spend a night in, enjoying the room.
I stayed in a three-bedroom apartment, which was quite substantially sized. The lounge and kitchen area is separate to the bedrooms. The decor was light and inviting, giving a homely feeling the moment I stepped in. As always with QT, I was happy to be greeted by Malin+Goetz amenities in the bathroom.
Impressively, most of the rooms also enjoy a private hot tub on their balcony. Nothing says luxury winter escape like indulging in a hot spa overlooking a snow-covered mountain! It’s also the best cure for aching muscles after a full day on the slopes. Word to the wise, though; bring your swimmers, lest a few on-lookers or neighbouring guests catch a glimpse over to your balcony.
Bazaar & Stingray Lounge
Not ones to stick with standard hotel fare, QT nails their food offering once again with Bazaar at Falls Creek. Their in-house restaurant takes guests on an around-the-world culinary journey, designed by passionate and knowledgeable chefs.
The hotel’s bar is called Stingray Lounge and it’s a warm, cosy, and inviting place to chill out. Staffed by a crew who really know their stuff when it comes to drinks and how to mix them, it’s the perfect area to settle into for a while, drink in hand.
A beautiful part of Australia at any time of the year, Falls Creek is especially incredible during snow season. I was there in what they classify as end of season, but the mountains had just received a fresh dump of powder so the conditions were ideal. They have nearly 100 runs there, with the majority catering to beginner and intermediate ski and snowboard levels. In the warmer months, you’ll find some breathtaking hiking and cycling trails too. The small village has all the essentials like a supermarket, post office, and medical centre. With plenty of exciting events on during the year, there’s something for everyone there.
The Wrap-Up – QT Falls Creek Review
Having been to a few ski resorts before, it’s safe to say the offering from QT Falls Creek is one of the best I’ve experienced. From their direct airport transfers to the Ski Concierge service, they make being on holiday as easy and relaxing as it should be. The hotel’s location is ideal when you want to get straight onto the slopes first thing in the morning too. It’s worth checking out when you need an alternative to the beach for your next holiday.