Just in time for snow season, Jetgo has announced year-round direct schedule Brisbane to Albury, making the Victorian snow fields more easily accessible for Queenslanders.
No other airline has offered a direct service from Brisbane to Albury, and to help with demand over the snow period, Jetgo has announced two additional flights on 21 to 24 July, to the already 4 return jet services per week, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (BRISBANE – ALBURY).
The 36-seat plane took it’s inaugural flight this week, landing at Albury Airport on Monday.
“This is a game changer for snow enthusiasts who will appreciate the direct flight to the closest commercial airport to Victoria’s largest and arguably most picturesque European ski in ski out resort,” said well-known ski writer Ian Talbot.
fares from $ 179 one way and bookings can be made via Jetgo.com.
The new flights will open up the Victorian ski fields, which once were only accessible for Queenslanders via Melbourne and driving.
Victoria has seven alpine resorts for skiing, snowboarding, toboggan and cross-country trails, snow tubing and family fun.
The ski resorts are spread in an area northeast of Melbourne around the Alpine and Mount Buffalo national parks.
You can ski from the lodge straight to the ski lifts and slopes of the country’s best cross-country skiing at Falls Creek, 375-kilometre drive from Melbourne.
The closest to Melbourne, after Mount Donna Buang is Lake Mountain which is known as Australia’s premier cross-country ski resort and the third most visited cross-country alpine resort in the world. Lake Mountain is some 120 kilometres from the heart of Melbourne and is reached through the town of Marysville.
Mount Baw Baw
The relatively small Mount Baw Baw resort, which is 173 kilometres east of the Victorian capital and reached through the town of Noojee, is said to be a popular destination for day-trippers and an ideal place to learn to ski. Close to Melbourne, it has a village atmosphere and a large number of club lodges.
Mount Buffalo, which is the closest to the Victoria-New South Wales border at Albury, through Wangaratta, is another area popular with families. Its slopes range from gentle, and ideal for beginner skiers, through to fun intermediate areas, with just a couple of advanced areas to keep skiers, including cross-country skiers, challenged.
Mount Buller, less than three hours from Melbourne, is probably the most popular of the Victoria ski resorts. The disadvantage is its popularity it gets quite crowded at the height of the ski season.
Mount Buller Snow Tour
Experience hours of snow fun with the Mt. Buller Snow Tour. Departing from Melbourne, this guided to tour allows your own time to explore the village and partake in snow activities. Explore the mountain using sightseeing chair lift or Ski lift and lessons.
Mount Hotham, five and a half hours away from the capital, is Victoria’s highest ski resort. In northeast Victoria at the heart of the Great Alpine Road region, it offers Alpine skiing, snow boarding, dining, accommodation. There is off-piste skiing in narrow valleys as well as challenging cross-country. The nearest airport is at Hotham for those who wish to fly.
Other Victorian skifields are at Mount Bogong, Mount St Gwinear, Mount Stirling, Mount Beauty and Mount Donna Buang which is less than 100 kilometres from Melbourne.