One of the alpine icons, Falls Creek!
Another great option is to head into the top of ‘Big Fella’ and sneak across ‘Graveyard’ instead of heading straight down, which takes you to ‘Lorna’s Link’. Form here you can head down ‘Generator Down’ into ‘Vortex’, two fun and flow blue trails that beautifully showcase the natural alpine environment.
Falls creek, if you have the bike, is best ridden with some shuttles in mind (available every weekend in season), but that’s not to say there aren’t some cracker climbs to offer the weekend sadomasochist/anyone with a cross country bike. From the end of Flowtown (at the ticket box, a few km from the main village) the blue rated ‘Packhorse’ is a mainly flowy climb trail with a few technical challenges. Not recommended for less fit or skilled riders, as it may prove to be a bit more challenging than expected when gravity isn’t assisting!
From the Slalom Plaza, a few blue trails offer the opportunity to ride to the summit, starting with ‘Jump Start’, to ‘Generator Up’ into ‘Lorna’s Link' and across the gravel Summit road. From the Gully Trailhead, ‘Blackout’ takes you up to the ‘Aqueduct’ trail leading to ‘Wishing Well’, for another way to access the ‘Wishing Well’/‘Flowtown’ run.
Updates on trail conditions, weather, upcoming events and general updates can be found at: fallscreek.com.au/mtbreport/
Head straight up Bogong High Plains Road from Mt Beauty. It's a little over 4 hours from Melbourne, just over 5 from Canberra and about 7.5 hours from Sydney.
It's an alpine area so keep a jacket, suncream and water on hand and carry your regular trail essentials.
Falls Creek is just the launching point for some big adventures in the mountains. If you're handy with a topographic map, dig it out and take a look.
WHILE IN THE AREA
Take a walk! There is some great hiking and plenty of other activities – check out the Falls Creek website for more details.
LOCAL BIKE SHOPS
Depending when you're going, your best bet is in the valley at Mt Beauty, although some spares are available when hiring bikes in Falls Creek.
Falls Creek puts on a social event the opening weekend of the season called ‘Ignition’, which is as much a festival of gravity as it is a social event. The ‘MTB de Femme’ is a women’s version, happening in February. Falls Creek also hosts various mountain bike race events, keep your eyes on the calendar for upcoming XCO and gravity races at Falls!
Toilets: Yes, at the village
Drinking Water: Yes, at the village
Parking: Yes, lots at the villahe
Trails Signposted: Yes
Mobile Reception: Telstra – Yes, Optus - Yes
Shelter: Mostly at the village but also near the lifts.
Accommodation: Lots! Fallscreek.com.au
Fitness level x1/5 (for shuttles. 5/5 if you’re breathing that thin alpine air on the climb up)