Best places for snowplay in Alpine region

Whether you’re ready to give snowshoeing a try, slide down a toboggan run or just build a snowman, you’ll find the best places right here to begin planning your winter getaway. Explore the stunning Alpine region of Victoria and have fun in the snow!

1. Mount Buffalo National Park
Mount Buffalo National Park is a family-friendly, easily accessible mountain with tobogganing and snow play in two separate areas both with free entry and free car parking. Dingo Dell features a toboggan slope and ample room for snow play. There’s also a café and visitor centre with changing rooms, toilets and plenty of indoor seating from which to see the slopes. The café is open 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday (Monday and Tuesday during peak times). Cresta Valley is located 3km further up the Mount Buffalo Tourist Road and offers more diverse terrain and more space for tobogganing and snow play. Cross country skiers can explore 14km of marked cross-country trails.
Licensed tour operators at Mount Buffalo offer many winter snow experiences, including cross-country ski lessons and guided snow shoe walks. Toboggans can be hired at Dingo Dell. If you plan on bringing your own toboggan, remember that only plastic moulded toboggans are allowed on the runs.

Getting there: Mount Buffalo is 325km northeast from Melbourne along the Hume Highway. Either take the Snow Road exit just before Wangaratta or continue along the highway to the Great Alpine Road (B500) exit. Mount Buffalo is about a 45min drive from popular tourist town Bright.

2. Mount St Gwinear; Baw Baw National Park
Mount St Gwinear offers a family-friendly snow experience with free entry for tobogganing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The snow play area at Mount St Gwinear is an ideal introduction for newcomers, and subject to snow conditions the area is open daily during winter school holidays. There is a large free car park with toilets, warm shelter room, a food van with hot drinks and snacks (on weekends and school holidays) and toboggan hire ($4 p/hr with a $10 refundable deposit; cash only). If you plan on bringing your own toboggan, remember that only plastic moulded toboggans are allowed on the runs.
Ever tried snowshoeing? You can go snowshoeing along the Winter Walking Track that starts at the St Gwinear carpark leading to a lookout (1.2km return). For cross-country skiers, you can explore the 12km of cross-country trails starting with Main Trail that starts at the carpark. There is a loop that visitors can undertake accessing these 4 other trails: Cascades Trail, Saints Trail, Tullicoutty Trail and Gwinear Trail.

Getting there: Mount St Gwinear is 120km east of Melbourne. It is easily accessible from the Latrobe Valley, only 45 minutes' drive from Moe or Traralgon in West Gippsland. The main access to the plateau is from the Mount Erica and St Gwinear carparks along signposted roads off the Thomson Valley Road, north of Erica.

3. Mount Donna Buang; Yarra Ranges National Park
Mount Donna Buang is spectacular at any time of the year. As the snow begins to fall it transforms into a wonderful winter playground. Less than two-hour’s drive from Melbourne, Mount Donna Buang is one of the closest and most popular mountains for a day trip to the snow. There are three toboggan runs, a designated snow play area, barbeques, car parking, toilets and a scenic drive up to the summit. Only plastic toboggans are allowed on the summit, due to safety reasons. Skis, snowboards and non-plastic toboggans are not permitted. Toboggan hire is generally available at the summit. However, no other equipment or clothing hire is available. The summit has an elevation of 1,245m and offers panoramic views over Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Mount Baw Baw and the Alpine region.

Getting there:
Mount Donna Buang is 94km from Melbourne near the town of Warburton.

There are of course a number of other snow destinations in Victoria including Lake Mountain, Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek. However, these snow areas are not managed by Parks Victoria.

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Best places for snowplay in Alpine region

Snowplay and explore nature in Winter

Hit the Alpine region for cross country skiing, tobogganing and snow shoeing during Winter or for a less frosty nature escape, visit historic sites, learn about Aboriginal culture or simply take a road trip over a long weekend spending two to three nights in regional Victoria.
An experienced cross-country skier skis past a small child learning to ski on a maintained path.

Skiing and snow play

Stomp, ski, snowshoe or toboggan in Victoria's alpine region with snow season spanning from mid June to September each year.
A couple take a tour of Spermwhale Head with traditional owners from the Gurnaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation.

Aboriginal heritage

Learn more about the culture, history and contemporary aspirations of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of our land.
A mother, father and their two young daughts gaze out at the sea from the lookout point of the lighthouse.

Historic sites

Journey back in time and visit some of the historic buildings of post European settlement in Australia, including huts, mansions and lighthouses.
A boy crouches at the waters panning for gold in a river.

Fossicking and prospecting

Many of the world’s largest gold nuggets have been found in the Golden Triangle of central Victoria - try your luck at fossicking and prospecting.
A picturesque photo of the stone hut near the Horn at Mt Buffalo.

Mount Buffalo National Park

Sheer cliffs, granite tors, waterfalls and big views make Mount Buffalo a must-see alpine retreat
A family plays in the snow at Mt St-Gwinear in the Baw Baw National Park.

Mount St Gwinear

Mount St Gwinear is a family-friendly snow attraction with free entry which offers toboggan runs, cross country trails, a snowplay area and a heated shelter room. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available from a food van on weekends and school holidays.
A family take in the view of the Yarra Ranges from the elevated platform at Mt Donna Buang.

Mount Donna Buang

At an elevation of 1245 metres, the summit features a lookout tower which is 21 metres high and offers panoramic views over Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong and Cathedral Ranges, Mount Baw Baw and the Alps. It is also a popular picnic area and starting point for walks on the mountain.
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