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Mt Buller is just 248kms north-east of Melbourne via Mansfield. In three hours you can be out of the city and high on the slopes! There are a fewdifferent routes you can take from Melbourne:
Travelling from the north, follow the Hume Hwy south and take the Mansfield exit onto the Midland Hwy (B300). To get here via the most direct route using Google Maps and GPS, it is best to set your destination to Yea, then once you are in Yea set it for Mansfield, then Mt Buller from Mansfield.
Mansfield is the closest town to Mt Buller, and is ideal for a break and to collect your chains. You can also organise rental equipment if you prefer to pick it up before hitting the mountain. From Mansfield, you’ll reach the Mt Buller resort entry in about 20 minutes, and then it’s another 20 minutes’ drive until you reach the car parking area.
* Please be aware that wildlife is often seen on the Mt Buller Road, mostly around the Merrijig, Sawmill Settlement and Mirimbah areas. Kangaroos, wallabies, deer, wombats and other animals can be on and around the road. Drive with care, especially during dusk, nighttime and early morning.
Your first stop when you reach Mt Buller is the Resort Entry point at the base of the mountain (Mirimbah), where you’ll be required to payan entry fee that goes towards the costs of essential services on the mountains - this fee provides entry to both Mt Buller and Mt Stirling.
Purchase resort entry, car parking and oversnow taxi fares online before you arrive - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ONLINE AND SAVE!
If you have pre-purchased Resort Entry online, follow the sign through the Express Lane, otherwise if you have not already pre-purchased your Resort Entry you will be required to stop and pay. After this point, the car parks are approximately 14.5km up the well-maintained mountain road, approximately 1.5km below the Village - once you reach this point you will be met by an attendant who will advise where you are to park.
Parking for overnight and day visitors is located approximately 1.5km below the Village - once you reach this point you will be met by an attendant who will advise where you are to park.
Accessing the Mt Buller Village differs whether you are visiting just for the day or staying overnight.
Vehicle access to the Village is limited only to those that hold a permit, which are issued only to residents, property owners and mountain staff. For information on Village permits please click here.
If you are staying overnight, additional parking fees apply and you are also required to take an oversnow taxi to transport you to your accommodation.
Oversnow taxi fares are detailed in the Resort Entry pricing above. Please note luggage limits apply - price includes 2 items of luggage per person plus 1 set skis/boots/poles or board/boots, additional luggage $8 per item. Weight limits also apply to luggage (25kg per bag and a maximum of 40kg per passenger).
Taxis operate 7am-midnight Sunday to Thursday, 7am-3am Friday and 7am-2am Saturday.
If you are staying just for the day, you have two options; you can either hop on a free shuttle bus into the Village, or you can ride the Northside Express Chairlift directly to the snow fields. If you’ve arrived by bus, you’ll either set-down in the Horse Hill Car Park or the Village Square – ask your driver. After your day on the snow, you will need to make your way back to the Horse Hill Car Park (via the shuttle or chairlift), where all coaches depart from.
Free car park shuttles operate 8am-6pm daily.
The Resort Entry point is manned 7am-9pm Monday-Thursday, 7am-midnight Friday and 7am-10pm Saturday and Sunday. If you arrive outside of these times, follow the signs up the mountain and park where indicated, then during office hours you can drop into Alpine Central to pay.
Mt Buller's wheel chain requirements are decided on a daily basis and are determined by weather forecasts and existing road conditions. Chain requirements may vary between 2-Wheel Drive (2WD) and 4-Wheel Drive (4WD) and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles, as each of these types of cars react differently to snow and icy road conditions.
Daily wheel chain requirements are communicated via the local accommodation providers, retail outlets and authorities who come into contact with people travelling to the Resort. They also appear on large flashing roadside billboards as you enter and leave Mansfield and on the daily snow report. Contact Resort Management directly on (03) 5777 6077 for the most current requirements.
If you are staying in the Resort overnight or traveling beyond the Skating Rink car park area and past the snowline, you are required to carry chains at all times as weather conditions can change unexpectedly throughout the evening.
Click here to view the daily declaration and for more information on wheel chains, including demonstrations on how to fit chains to your vehicle.
There is no fuel available at Mt Buller so it is a good idea to fill up in Mansfield before driving the last leg to the resort. If driving a diesel vehicle you should use alpine mix diesel which is available from the pump at most service stations in Mansfield.
If you would prefer not to drive in the snow, there are alternatives for parking your car and taking a coach transfer.There are several suggested locations to park and ride from. For overnight visitors, we recommend parking either in Mansfield behind the Mansfield-Mt Buller Buslines depot, or in the Mirimbah car park (at the base of the mountain) and using their service to take you to Mt Buller. Please note, if you park at Mirimbah, the pick-up point is located at the Mirimbah Store. Overnight visitors must also purchase a return taxi fare which provides transport to and from your accommodation from the Mt Buller bus depot. For prices and schedules, visit the Mansfield-Mt Buller Buslines website.
Make sure you clear ALL snow from your vehicle - you can be hit with a hefty fine and loss of demerit points for driving with snow on the roof of your vehicle. It is a danger and a hazard for several reasons:
Buses run every day of the snow season so you can let someone else drive!
Jump on a bus direct from the airport or arrive by helicopter.
Get here in your Europcar hire or, or book a private charter vehicle.
Get here safely with a few handy tips on driving in the snow and preparing your vehicle.
Check the wheel chain report before you get here and be prepared for the drive up the mountain.
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