Victoria Snowy Wonderland in Australia

Mention a snowy winter holiday and places that come to mind often involve a long plane ride to Europe or Canada. But there’s really no need to travel that far — there’s also plenty of snow Down Under. Snow season runs from 10 June until September — or when the snow ends!

Yes, we’re talking about Australia. The land more commonly known for its sunshine and wildlife is also home to magnificent snowscapes and many exciting winter activities for the whole family.

From June to September, gear up for the best of winter in the southern state of Victoria. Ski and snowboard down thrilling snowy trails and terrains or tumble about snowfields while making snow angels with your little ones. Just an eight-hour flight from Singapore, Victoria is the perfect mid-year winter getaway for those who can’t wait for a northern hemisphere winter in December!


GEAR UP FOR ADRENALINE…

Falls Creek, a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne in the Hume region, is Victoria’s largest alpine resort with a whopping 65 kilometres of slopes, trails and terrain parks. Sign up for ski or snowboarding lessons for adults and kids as young as three years old. And, whether you ski or not, hop on a snow tube for the unforgettable thrill of whizzing down a snowy mountain together as a family. The fearless member of the family can sit right in front!

Falls Creek, Victorias High Country Credit Mark Watson

Alternatively, experience the magic of skiing or snowboarding under the stars at Mount Buller, a three-hour drive northeast of Melbourne. The alpine resort offers a wide selection of slopes and terrains for ski enthusiasts by day, and the unique option of zipping down slopes when the sun goes down.


…OR TAKE IT EASY

Families and couples that prefer a more relaxed pace will enjoy the activities that Mount Buller has to offer. Embark on a leisurely snowshoe tour, soar above the mountains on a scenic chairlift ride and build a snowman in the middle of icy-white plains. Can’t agree on the colour of your snowman’s scarf? Settle it with a snow fight! Or make your very first snow angel but not without first bundling up against the cold.


BONUS: CUTENESS OVERLOAD
Sled Dog Tours at Mt Buller. Photo by Andrew Railton

Enter the totally pawsome world of dogsledding by hopping on one of Howling Huskys’ tours, at Mount Hotham — do pre book to avoid disappointment! Take off from one of Australia’s highest alpine villages, settle into your sled and let a pack of eager huskies zip you through maze-like backcountry routes and wide-open plateaus blanketed in snow.

For a more intimate encounter with these furry canines, follow them on a possum hunt under a garden of snow gums. And here’s a secret: these cuddly creatures are always up for a game of snowball catch!

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Featured Image credit: Mt Buller

5 Surprising Things To Do In Melbourne

Australia’s capital of culture brings many surprises for travellers on the hunt for exciting city-based experiences

Ranked as the world’s most liveable city for the sixth year running, Melbourne has all the elements of a must-visit urban destination: a buzzing culture-rich core, a love for coffee and celebration, hip precincts, and lush parkland topped off with breathtaking nature.

Here are five experiences that showcase the city at its best and most distinctive

Things To Do in Melbourne:

  1. Eat Your Way to the Top

Melbourne is a haven for any seasoned Singaporean foodie. At one of the city’s many cafes, pair creative brunch fare with coffee micro-roasted to perfection. For a spin on café culture, pop by Seven Seeds in Carlton for its university vibe, recycled timber interior and top-notch cappuccino.

The world’s best pizza is not in Italy, it’s at 400 Gradi on Lygon Street in Brunswick. Affable Aussie owner Johnny Di Francesco’s wood-fired Margherita is a must-try, having bested global contenders to win the 2014 World Pizza Championships in Italy.

For a spectacular view in an unusual setting, pay a visit to Easeys in Collingwood. Tuck into a cheesy burger as you perch on a rooftop in one of three train carriages. Try your best not to spill the tomato sauce!

  1. Off the Beaten Truck

Food truck parks are an iconic part of Melbourne’s food scene. These food truck gatherings often occupy both an indoor and outdoor area, which makes for a lovely dining-under-the-stars experience — particularly in the summer.

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PHOTO: Food Truck, Melbourne CREDIT VISIT VICTORIA

Indulge in top-notch grub from over 40 street food vendors at Hank Marvin Market, which opens every Saturday at St Kilda East. This park transforms into a hub of fresh produce, food trucks and street food stalls serving everything from pizzas to wood-fired bagels.

Just 20 minutes north of the city is Welcome to Thornbury, Melbourne’s first permanent food truck stop. With up to 43 trucks onsite and a host of craft beers and cocktail jugs for sharing, this park is the perfect eating spot for travellers who are new to the food truck scene. The 4,000-square metre venue features a 200-seater bar, where you can knock back some grilled bites and beer.

  1. Heed the Call of Collingwood

Popular with locals, this neighbourhood is home to a monthly farmers’ market showcasing local goodies produced within a 160-kilometre radius. Grab a punnet of fresh berries, set out for nearby Yarra Bend Park and hop on a rowboat for the chance to see native grey-headed flying foxes in action.

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PHOTO: Smith Street, Collingwood CREDIT VISIT VICTORIA

Those itching to bring home a piece of Melbourne can hit the stores along Smith Street on Collingwood for unique collectibles. These stores typically specialise in handcrafted trinkets and jewellery with unusual features, like laminated flowers, pencils and recycled vinyl records.

  1. Turn Up the Swag Factor

Standing next to the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral on Swanston Street, Nicholas Building is an understated 1920s Art Deco landmark hiding some of Melbourne’s finest artisanal gems. Here you can admire contemporary art in galleries housed on different floors of the building.

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PHOTO: St Paul’s Cathedral, Swanston Street, Melbourne CREDIT VISIT VICTORIA

Creative souls can try their hand at woodblock printing, patchwork quilting or other craft workshops conducted by various shops within the building. For more collectibles, head to the nearby suburb of East Brunswick for the Lost & Found Market, an emporium stocking a mind-boggling array of retro and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

  1. Groove to the Outdoor Beat

Music is one of Melbourne’s biggest pastimes, and festivals are its lifeblood. Ever been to St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Singapore? This indie music fest started in Melbourne! Experience the festival at its home ground every January for an explosion of music and culture. Don’t forget to slap on some sunscreen to shield your skin against the hot Australian sun.

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