Sunday, 19 May 2019

How can I get to Mt Buller ?

How can I get to Mt Buller ?

This is a common question from our guests at
Elm Riverside Accommodation Merrijig, Victoria, Australia.

Many of our guests do not reside in Victoria or even in Australia and are coming to Mt Buller after travelling via plane. If our guests are from Australia some have never travelled to the Victorian High Country before and it is quite often the first time they have ever seen snow. So as you can imagine it can be quite a daunting part of a very exciting trip. We recommend that International/Interstate travellers that fly into Melbourne hire a car and drive to Elm Riverside in Merrijig other options are to get themselves to a VLINE service http://www.vline.com.au. There are also package deals available, more information on those on the Mt Buller website.

Another area our visitors need to consider is driving in snow and if they and their vehicle are capable of driving in it safely, for themselves and other visitors to the mountain.

I will provide as much information as possible in this post but there is a continually changing situation on the mountain at the moment in regards to the transport providers as a new coach company TravelSafe Bus Hire Pty Ltd (TravelSafe) was appointed however their vehicle provider Bendigo Coachlines has recently pulled out and they are sorting that out as we speak.

Mount Buller is a VERY popular place during the winter snow season, our first recommendation is to BOOK EARLY , this relates to accommodation, travel and your on mountain requirements, entry and ski lifts etc. Booking early will give you several things one being some early bird discounts and two peace of mind knowing you are all sorted.

Second recommendation is to consider traveling to the mountain MID WEEK. In past years the weekends have gotten so busy that it has been necessary to close the mountain to new travelers because it has reached capacity. This can happen mid to late morning and eventually it will reopen as people come back down late in the afternoon. This is super frustrating because it applies to people who have booked in advance and have all the tickets ready for the lifts and entry but once the mountain is full its full and no day trippers are allowed.

If you do book for the weekends make sure you get up there as early as possible in the morning, this will help you to ensure that you will in fact make it on to the mountain. Depending on how early you get up you may even miss the ques to get into the carpark.

Nearly all of our guests will drive from Melbourne to Merrijig, whether it be in their own car or a hire vehicle. There is plenty of FREE car parking available at the Elm so bringing your own vehicle is not a problem. You can also catch a VLINE coach from Melbourne that will connect with an MMBL coach at the Mansfield depot that can drop you just across from the ELM. Bookings are essential. If you wish to drive your own vehicle up the mountain you will most likely need snow chains depending on conditions. The requirements can be found on the Mt Buller Facebook/Website page. Snow chains can be hired in many places in Mansfield and Merrijig nearby the apartment.


When it is time to head up the mountain we frequently recommend to our guests to consider using the MMBL coach that stops right next to the Elm Riverside Apartment in the Delatite Apartment complex, next to the HUNT CLUB. You get priority up the mountain and you don't have to sit in your car in a que to just get to the carpark. You also do not have to worry about hiring or fitting snow chains or whether you or your car are safe to drive in snow. This year a new carpark is being opened up in Mirimbah at the entry gates to Mt Buller. Mount Buller Bus Lines has not released their 2019 timetable yet but it should be similar to last years and you can find it via this link. http://www.mmbl.com.au/winter_service.php

As I mentioned in the start of this post the ON Mountain coach shuttle service is changing and we do not have up to date details but we strongly recommend that you study the Mt Buller website and keep up to date. Remember this is quite often a once in a lifetime experience for you and your family so make sure you educate yourself as to what is required, expect that it is not going to be cheap and you will be making sure that you will all have a safe and fun experience by taking advantage of both the public and private services available to visitors.
https://www.mtbuller.com.au/Winter/plan-your-visit/getting-here/driving-private-transfers
https://www.mtbuller.com.au/Winter/

My final comment is to repeat that considering a MID WEEK visit will offer you cheaper prices and less crowds getting there and on the mountain itself. You will appreciate the experience so much better if you can do this. The Elm Riverside Accommodation is already heavily booked for most of the 2019 Snow Season so get in quick for the last few weekend vacancies and look at taking advantage of the mid week availability.
http://www.sandsnowandtrailstays.com.au




Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Australia Day Public Holiday Accommodation SPECIAL DEAL

Hi, this is our first go at making a Blog so please forgive me if I don't do a great job.

Time to start thinking about the 2019 Snow Season at Mt Buller
MT Buller

This week we applied our standard seasonal pricing for bookings in the Elm Riverside in Merrijig for Snow Season 2019 at Mt Buller. BUT for the lucky few we would like to put a Special Offer out there for anyone who reads this Blog and wants to make an accommodation booking for between the 1st of June to the end of September. Contact us direct through our website and we will honour the OFF season pricing.

Australia Day is just around the corner and we have vacancies and a SPECIAL DEAL FOR OUR BLOG READERS.

Swimming pool with a view
In the meantime if you have been thinking of heading away for Australia Day you could do alot worse than to choose Merrijig in the Victorian High Country. Warm weather is guaranteed so you will get alot of use out of the swimming pool and if you feel like working up a sweat then maybe hitting around a bright green tennis ball is more to your liking.

There are so many things to do around the district and I can guarantee that Mansfield will have a few events happening. Then
BYO Racquet and Balls
there are the wineries and the restaurants, there are also many Fine Food producers in the district that we will elaborate on in future posts.

Mansfield has a great Visitor Information centre on the left on the way into town on the Maroondah Hwy.

Now to the SPECIAL DEAL, how would you like to stay for three nights over the Australia Day weekend but only PAY FOR TWO !!


This booking can only be made direct through me so please send a message via our website with your details or call me on 0414984956
Thanks for reading   Andrea