Mt Buller from the air. Photo: Harro
Queens Birthday weekend signals the official opening of the snow season in Australia and some resorts in New Zealand. But without much snow in Australia (except for the unseasonal our snow dump back on Anzac Day) some may think there is no reason to head to the mountains.
Well, if you thought that you’d be wrong. For the opening weekend most resort around Australia have ample entertainment and celebrations going off all weekend that makes it a perfect getaway for the long weekend holiday.
Our pick for the weekend activities is the Snowy Mountains Music Festival being held across Perisher resort. Over 45 acts including bands, kids entertainers and poets, should prove to be a great way to spend the weekend. Snowy Mountains Of Music
If you are in Victoria check out the Sixth Annual Film Fest at Falls Creek. Falls Creek film festival
A wintery blast is forecast for the weekend (take a look at your local Mountainwatch forecast) what a better way to kick of the winter by spending a relaxing weekend in the mountains watching those first flakes fall.
If you can’t make it, watch those first flakes with our Live streaming cameras. The first of their kind in Australia and NZ. (See your local mountain now)
Opening Weekend Run-Down
On Saturday afternoon, the Village Square will come alive with the Code One Police
band, official opening ceremony, Pyroptix fire and percussion show, and culminate in the amazing Pepsi Fireworks Spectacular.
There will be plenty of action to keep all ages entertained throughout the weekend including face painting, free hot chocolate and the Barry the Pygmy-possum live show for the kids, whilst adults can enjoy free gluhwein, enjoy the live entertainment and help raise money for Australia’s winter Olympians at the annual Black Cockatoo Dinner.
An expo held by Buller Ski Lifts will showcase the wide range of operations needed to run the Resort, including snowmaking, snow grooming, ski patrol and much more.
Phil Nunn, ARMB CEO, said “opening weekend is a great time to visit Mt Buller, both for skiers and snowboarders wanting to get their first glimpse of snow for the season..”
Film Fest @ Falls
The sixth Film Fest @ Falls will take place at several locations throughout the resort on the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend
Some well known actors, filmmakers, directors, producers and the entrants in the short film category of the annual smorgasbord of short films will be the ‘headline act’ of the weekend at Victoria’ largest, and arguably the prettiest, alpine resort.
The new Quay West Resort & Spa in the St Falls precinct, on the ski plaza level in the St Falls precinct, is the selected venue where the short films, which made the cut will be screened on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
In addition there will be the fireside forum at Astra Lodge on Saturday afternoon. The annual ‘Script in the Raw’ reading, on Sunday afternoon, will focus on Teacher Boy, the new screenplay from the multi-talented Shaun Micallef (at Quay West Resort & Spa) and the announcement of the winners (and the eagerly sought-after funding for the filmmaker’s next project) will be at Astra Lodge on Sunday night.
For comprehensive details of the FilmFest@Falls program click here.
The official opening by to be carried out by Gavin Jennings MP, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Innovation will take place on Saturday 6 June at Astra Lodge.
A spectacular fireworks display on Saturday Night will signify the official start of the season at Hotham. There also be plenty of parties and functiosn across the resort. A weekend at Hotham will be a great getaway – get out of the city and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Go for a hike, a mountain bike or enjoy a family retreat.
QantasLink are restarting their direct service from Sydney to the Southern Hemispere’s only alpine resort airport at Hotham.
Flights commence 3 July and run through until 7 September. From $199 ex-Sydney oneway. See the Qantas website for bookings and full schedule.
The Snow Mountains Music Festival
With 45 artists performing across the resort during the Long weekend with lots of kids shows, poetry wood fires, drinks and warm winter smiles. A no snow-opening weekend at Perisher, Guthega and Smiggins Hole is looking like a pick of the bunch.
More info at Snowy Mountains Of Music
Thredbo village is always a great place to visit at any time of the year. This weekend will be no different. Thredbo will have the only chairlift open in Australia, although not for skiing, The Kosciuszko Express will take you to the top of Thredbo where you can enjoy a walk or a hot chocolate in the restaurant.
During the weekend there will be loads of fun activities for the family including the bob sled track and the usual activities like golfing and mountain biking
For more info visit the Thredbo website.