Episode 25: Mt Buller
This week on Postcards the team pull on their thermals, don their beanies and zip up their snow vests in preparation for their trip to the white and wonderful Mt Buller! Brodie Harper kick starts the show with a visit to the National Alpine Museum where she learns about the history of the mountain and checks out vintage ski fashion and equipment. After her history lesson, Brodie tucks in at The Duck Inn and enjoys a variety of delectable duck dishes, before she is shown the beautifully renovated guest rooms. Finally she stops by Hotel Pension Grimus where she enjoys traditional European cuisine at their onsite restaurant 'Kaptans' and is given a taste of Austrian culture in the form of wiener schnitzels, schnapps and an accordion serenade.
On his way up the mountain, Glen Moriarty makes a pit stop in Mansfield and visits the Mansfield Regional Produce Store which has it all including wine, fresh produce, freshly brewed coffee and cooked meals. Glen also visits Buller Sports where he loads up on ski gear before fitting snow chains to his wheels for the drive up the mountain.
To ensure she is looking hot in the cold this winter, Brodie visits Roxy at Chadstone where she gets kitted up in some of their colourful and fun all-weather apparel. She then hits Buller Central to hire all of her equipment, and is then raring to go for her skiing lesson at Mt Buller Ski and Snowboard School. And after a hectic morning of shredding, Brodie warms up at Powder Bar and rewards herself with some hearty Italian food paired with delicious cocktails.
Finally, Rebecca Judd takes a tour of the luxurious Mt Buller Chalet and is shown the comfortable accommodation options, the impressive recreational facilities and the various places to wine and dine. She then indulges in some R and R at 'Breathtaker On High' Alpine Spa Retreat before feasting on some tapas style food at Snow Pony located in the Timbuktu development on Bourke Street. Lastly, she checks out the various services available on the mountain, including the all-important FoodWorks and the charming Snow Fox Boutique.
National Alpine Museum, The Duck Inn Restaurant and Bar, Kaptans Restaurant, Hotel Pension Grimus
The National Alpine Museum is the place to visit if you're interested in the history of magnificent Mt Buller. The museum gives visitors an understanding of how Mount Buller has evolved from what was originally a cattleman's run to one of the country's premier alpine resorts. There is also a range of alpine artefacts on display including wooden skis with leather straps, Olympic memorabilia and vintage skiing fashion.
Another building that has strong historical ties to the mountain is The Duck Inn. The Duck Inn has just undergone a major renovation and apart from the foundations, everything at The Duck Inn is brand spanking new. The property now has 25 rooms for guests to relax in and the restaurant is better than ever. Duck dishes are of course mandatory inclusions on the menu, and come in the form of duck breast with Char Siu Yaki and 'duck for two' with fried potatoes and carrot puree. The Duck Inn Restaurant and Bar is open daily for dinner from 5pm. Bookings are recommended.
Hotel Pension Grimus is one more hotel that has a deep connection to Buller's history, established in 1973. True to its Austrian owner's heritage, the hotel was built in an authentic style similar to mountain lodges you'd find in Tyrol. Kaptans Restaurant within the hotel is best known for serving traditional European cuisine such as Salzburger Nockerl chocolate soufflé, Maultaschen (ravioli filled with a pork and fennel sausage) and the good old Wiener Schnitzel served with a warm potato salad and cranberry sauce. The owner is known for whipping out the accordion on occasion, so if you're really lucky he'll serenade you with an Austrian tune over a glass of schnapps. Kaptans restaurant at Hotel Pension Grimus is open for lunch on weekends only and dinner Friday to Sunday.
National Alpine Museum
Level 1, Alpine Central, Mt Buller
Ph 03 5777 7235
The Duck Inn Restaurant and Bar
18 Goal Post Road, Mount Buller
Ph 03 5777 6326
Hotel Pension Grimus
224 Breathtaker Road, Mount Buller
Ph 03 5777 6396
Mansfield Regional Produce Store, Buller Sports, Snowboarding at Buller
With winter now in full swing there's no better time to hit the slopes, so why not head to Victoria's winter wonderland, Mt Buller! On the way, you'll pass through Mansfield which is the perfect place to stop, stretch your legs and check out the store that has it all – the Mansfield Regional Produce Store. It has a huge range of tasty treats no matter what time of the day you're passing through, whether it's breakfast, lunch or just a coffee that you're after. With a menu inspired by seasonal regional produce and a very cosy setting, you'll be glad you stopped by on your way to the slopes.
Another place in Mansfield that's worth checking out is Buller Sports. Here you'll find all the information on what's happening on Mt Buller, plus equipment for hire including, skis, snowboards, toboggans, clothing and accessories. It's also where you can pick up wheel chains which are essential if you're driving up the mountain. Overnight visitors must carry chains at all times and you'll find chain fitting bays and mountain staff along the way to give you a hand if you need it.
Besides Buller's close proximity to Melbourne, part of the reason Mt Buller is so popular is because it has the largest lift network of all the Victorian mountains and is capable of moving 40,000 people an hour around the resort. The terrain ranges from gentle slopes to challenging back runs, plus there's terrain parks, cross country areas and toboggan parks.
Mansfield Regional Produce Store
68 High Street, Mansfield
Ph 03 5779 1404
3–5 Elgin Street, Mansfield
Ph 03 5775 2828
Mt Buller info
Ph 1800 BULLER
Roxy Chadstone, Mt Buller Ski School, Powder Bar
Every girl wants to look great on the slopes and Roxy's array of colourful all-weather apparel is sure to have you looking hot in the cold. A sense of free spirit and adventure is captured in their outerwear, encouraging ladies of all levels to ride the wave of winter. Make sure you check out Roxy's latest winter range by jumping on the website.
Once you've got your outfit sorted, make sure you stop by Buller Central to grab all the equipment you need and then get stuck into it! If you're after lessons, the Mt Buller Ski and Snowboard School caters for everyone, from tiny tots in the kids centre, to race lessons for speed demons, to a Discover Program for absolute beginners. The Discover Program will help you get off on the right foot, with a two hour lesson included in a discover lift pass which gives you access to six chairs and carpets. For beginners, all the action centres around Bourke Street but as you advance there is over 80 kilometers of groomed trails spread over more than 300 hectares of terrain.
The best part of a snow holiday is indulging in après ski, and one of the coolest spots to warm up is Powder Bar, located at Buller Central. It opened last year and is a cafe by day, bar by night. The menu features hearty Italian food like paninis, calzones, traditional pizzas and antipasto platters. Powder Bar also has a fabulous cocktail list including the 'red hot chocolate', made with Campari, Brandy, Milk and Chocolate. Powder Bar is open from 10am until late every day.
Mt Buller Ski School
Powder Bar – Buller Central
Site 2, The Avenue, Mt Buller
Mt Buller Chalet, Snow Pony, Breathtaker on High Spa Retreat, Snow Fox Boutique
One of the most famous places you can stay in Mount Buller is the Mt Buller Chalet. Its prime location makes it perfect for skiers as you can literally ski in and out of its front door. It offers 61 king rooms, executive suites and apartments. Some of these come with self-contained kitchens along with large living and dining areas, making them perfect for a family stay. The hotel's recreational facilities include an indoor heated pool and spa area along with a modern gym. The Chalet also has a cosy bar where you can defrost in front of the roaring fire and enjoy a creamy hot chocolate or a cheeky glass of champagne. For a light lunch or casual bite to eat, be sure to stop by Apres Café. There's also a more formal dining experience to be had at Black Cockatoo Restaurant. The food style is modern Australian with a focus on local produce.
Another place to satisfy your hunger on the mountain is the hip and happening Snow Pony located in the Timbuktu development on Bourke Street. The eatery offers tapas style food with a Spanish-Asian influence. You'll find it open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you want to venture out of the Chalet for some indulgence, then head over to Mt Buller's destination spa retreat located at the Breathtaker Hotel. 'Breathtaker On High' features six treatment rooms and a 20 metre lap pool, with skilled therapists on hand to offer complete rejuvenation and relaxation.
It's also important to note that you won't be caught out if you forget to pack the basics, as there is a FoodWorks on the mountain which is a one stop shop for fruit, vegetables, beverages and meal options. Other services available include a post office, chapel, cinema and internet kiosk. If its ski attire you need, then there's an extensive hiring service where you can get your hands on clothes, snowboards, skis and poles for any age. You can also shop for your ski suit in the village, and if you're after something a little more fashionable, the charming Snow Fox Boutique is the place to go.
Mt Buller Chalet
Breathtaker on High Spa Retreat
Mt Buller info
Snow Fox Boutique
Suduction by Tastebuds
If you love to be wined and dined, then be sure to book your seat at the 'Seduction by Tastebuds' slow food lunch, where some of Victoria's top chefs will match amazing food with Pyrenees premium quality wines.
Where: Dalwhinnie Vineyard, Pyrenees Wine Region
When: 24 August, 2013
Ned Kelly Weekend
If you're a Ned Kelly fan then head to Beechworth's Ned Kelly Weekend for an enjoyable weekend full of tours, re-enactments and fun activities for everyone to enjoy.
When: 9–11 August, 2013
Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne International Film Festival will be running in the heart of the city and is showcasing the best in current cinema from around the world.
Where: Various venues, Melbourne CBD
When: Until 11 August, 2013