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Snow Paradise at Mt Buller

First up, let me just say that Mt Buller is unbelievably awesome. It’s a ski resort just over 3 hours away from Melbourne and it’s so awesome that I traveled 14 hours to go there and back twice in a week.

The first time I went was on Friday together with Lawrence, one of the other bloggers from the Singapore Blog Awards. We were the only 2 fanatics who went up to Mt Buller while the others went check out Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. It was really tough to choose which tour I wanted to take but I really wanted to check out the mountain to see if it was worth the drive up with the kids.

Turns out, totally worth it.

The wonderful folks from Tourism Victoria arranged for the rental of all the equipment and a 1-hour personal snowboarding lesson. I had my first and only other snowboard experience up on Lake Tahoe 13 years ago with my brother. I fell so badly that I told myself I’d never try it again.

It’s just one of those things I was resigned to not ever be able to do, like base jumping and eating live frogs.

But since everything was arranged, I figured I’d just try it out for 15 minutes and if I sucked, I’d just go tubing or tobogganing like a kid.

The great thing about a private lesson is that you learn so much faster than going for a class. The first thing the instructor did was take me up the ski lift to snowboard down the hill. There were all these really small kids whizzing past me like pros and they made it look so easy. After 2 rounds, I could make it all the way down all on my own.

For real. I made it down this slope all by my lonesome. I fell more times than I could count but I made it down long stretches on the board. Huge achievement.

On Monday, we brought the kids up to Mt Buller for 2 days for a bit of snow play. They’ve never seen snow and they absolutely LOVED it. They had snowsuits and boots to keep them all snug and warm the whole time. Kirsten just stomped around in the snow and made snow angels, snow balls and a snowman.

Tru was more of an adrenaline junkie so he did the toboggan and skiing. After the 8th time dragging the toboggan back up the slope, he slumped over in the snow all dramatic and said “I cannot make it, I got no strength.” So the husband had to drag the toboggan up the hill with him sitting on it.

If you’re heading to Melbourne (especially with kids), you should definitely do the drive up to Mt Buller. It’s an experience they will never forget.

With my newfound snowboarding abilities, I think we’ll be doing this again next winter.

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26 Comments

  • Reply Kelvin Ang September 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    They really do look so cute in winter wear!!!!!

    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks Kelvin!

  • Reply Joce September 14, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Super adorable! Especially the headgear with ears that Tru is wearing.
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    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Hahaha yeah he looks like a little monster tearing down the slopes. The ears are so cute.

  • Reply Threez September 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Your kids are SO CUTE!!! I love the mouse headgear on Truett! Will definitely factor in Mt Buller our next trip to MEL.

    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Threez, I think your kids will love it! And the mouse headgear is like their official mascot or something. Best thing is that I bought it for only $5. Shiok.

  • Reply San September 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Nice pics, and awesome snowgear Can see the kids lurve Mt Buller. Will definitely keep this as a future holidaying destination! ;)
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    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Yeah it’s a completely different experience. But it’s super cold though so do remember to take breaks to warm them up again. After 20 minutes I lost all feeling in my hands and I had to keep checking to make sure they were still there.

  • Reply Pearlyn September 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Such fun! You sure u guys wanna come back to SG??? I know who to borrow from the awesomely cute snowsuits the next time I travel!

    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Hahaha the answer would be no. We were hoping to meet Stan and Andrea but the drive to Adelaide is a bit too long.

      Oh, and the snowsuits were rented though…it was a bit too expensive to buy just for the trip so good thing they were available for rent.

  • Reply mico September 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Can i ask for the kid’s snowsuit and boots, u can rent it there or ownself bring over? can share the charges for the skiing and all? and is it snow like this all year long or just this time of the year? looks so awesome.. !! kids have great fun!

    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Yes we rented all the stuff, you can get them at quite a number of stores in Mt Buller. If you’re planning to do it regularly then it would make sense to buy but if you’re trying it one off, then rental would be a good idea.

      If you’re renting snowsuits, boots, skis and getting the lift tickets + lessons, it’ll be about $250/person per day. It gets cheaper if you’re renting more days and they have winter specials so check out their facebook for details if you’re heading up. :)

  • Reply Shawn September 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Sooooo cute!!!!!

  • Reply Ai Sakura September 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Great trip! I only tried skiing once in Kanazawa and it was so fun. hope I can bring my girl for such an experience one day too :)
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    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Yes, it was totally worth the trip down. Your girl will definitely love it!

  • Reply 为食主义 September 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    your trip has so much more fun with the kids around!

    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      Hahahah ya man! But I had fun with you guys too. The adult kind of fun. Ok that sounds wrong, but you know what I mean.

  • Reply Susan September 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Wow looks like everyone had fun in the snow! I can’t wait to try skiing myself.
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    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      It does take a while to pick it up and be prepared to fall but when you make it down the mountain, the feeling is pure magic.

  • Reply Jo September 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Oh my! Looks like you guys are having a blast!!! Joie’s drooling over the snow !! We must do a trip up there!!

    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Jo, yes we should!! Or we can do Tahoe too. :)

  • Reply lxlb September 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    envy envy. not the falling off slope part but the whole experience of it.

    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Hahaha the falling wasn’t so bad. One time I fell straight on my face and there was snow in my shades, my hair and up my nose. Super embarrassing but good thing nobody seemed to notice.

  • Reply Kelly September 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

    ahhh good old Mount Buller. Hope you’re enjoying the rest of your trip too! We’re making use of the warmer weather this weekend and heading to the Enchanted Maze Garden in Mornington Peninsula tomorrow!

    • Reply Daphne September 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      Oooh, we didn’t manage to make it down to Mornington. We’ll definitely check it out the next time.

  • Reply Baby Snowsuits October 30, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Thank DAPHNE ! Nice photo with great shairng.

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