A winter wonderland awaits you at this amazing Australian luxury ski chalet, Astra Lodge located in Falls Creek, Australia.
Astra Lodge – an Australian luxury ski chalet
I felt like I hit the jackpot when I found an Australian luxury ski chalet, which on top of all things indulgent, is also family friendly.
The string of words “Australian luxury ski chalet” with an added search of ‘family’, unfortunately for many Aussies, does not produce many great options.
If you are happy with a resort decorated in pine clad ceilings, patchwork quilts, plaid drapes and mustard carpets, the ordinary is plenty but extraordinary hard to find.
Stumbling across Astra Lodge was like my Powerball coming up on Saturday night lotto.
Astra Lodge is the perfect choice for those of you wanting a more upscale winter wonderland holiday. It is a stylish, sophisticated, ski chalet located in Falls Creek, Australia. Yes Australia – not Austria!
Getting to Falls Creek
Located an easy 4 hours out of Melbourne, the simplest and most cost effective way for our family to get to the snow was to hire a car out of Melbourne (I tend to use Avis as I have a Wizard number and find this gets me the best car hire rate), park the car (for $6 a day) at Mt Beauty and catch the coach into the Alpine National Park up to Falls Creek.
The Falls Creek Coach Service offers several trips up and down the mountain daily, with fares at approximately $80 return per adult and $40 per child.
The more glamorous arrival is by helicopter however, the flights can’t be confirmed until the day of travel due to influential weather. (I think of a helicopter as a flying brick so in any case preferred the coach transfer)!
Falls Creek is a ski in-ski out village, so it is a requirement to book over snow transport to take your luggage from the arrivals hub to your accommodation.
The Lodge has its own over snow vehicle so this extra hassle and cost is not needed.
Astra Lodge is an Australian luxury ski chalet, owned by Australian couple Seamus Dawes and Rosy Seaton.
Dream of bearskin rugs, a roaring fireplace, textured cushions, slow braises, and a glass of full flavoured red wine – and there you have Astra Lodge.
Throw in roasted marshmallows, games of Uno and a line of ready to throw snowballs and you have the added benefit of an Australian luxury ski chalet that welcomes and caters for those of us who travel with children.
Under the direction of Rosy’s creative eye, Astra Lodge underwent significant refurbishment a few years ago with an end product capable of featuring in a Vogue Living magazine.
In fact, Astra Lodge has been featured in Vogue, the Bachelor as well as winning Australia’s best ski boutique hotel two years running.
Family friendly facilities
Options for families include interconnecting family rooms, family studios and 2-bedroom suites. All have beautiful Alpine vistas, European opening windows and some, their own balcony.
Our brood was comfortably accommodated in interconnecting deluxe rooms with all the mod cons expected at a 5 star hotel.
The rooms are luxuriously appointed with heated towel rails, Triumph and Disaster organic toiletries, Apple TV, Nespresso coffee machine, T2 teas, high count thread Egyptian towels, luxury linen, a salon quality hairdryer, bar fridge, organic chocolate and even your own ski goggle chamois.
For those of you who love to cook, both the studios and suites have a kitchen facility. But if you’re like me, and avoid the need to cook, just head out to one of the many restaurants on the mountain.
The Astra library was one of my favourite spots.
Nestled on the second floor, with a magnificent mountain view, we often snuggled into an armchair or onto the soft leather sofa scattered with plump feathered cushions.
The library became our 5pm ritual, playing a family friendly game of rummy during the Lodges happy hour.
(A drinks station offer a selection of T2 teas and filtered water as well as a range of fresh fruit)
The pool, spa, sauna and steam room
After a day on the slopes there is nothing nicer than plunging into the lodges indoor magnesium pool.
My two loved dipping in and out of the mesmerising pool while I sat content in the warm spa recovering from a hard day of skiing.
There is a steam room and sauna for you to enjoy in the wet area too.
The heart of the Lodge
Glistening and throwing off rays of gold is Astra’s magnificent chandelier – a stunning feature within the entrance of the Lodge.
From here you can enter the reception, playroom, bar and restaurant or meander up the grand staircase to the library or spa.
The restaurant offers guests a comprehensive Alpine breakfast (which is included in your tariff) and Michelin star quality evening meals.
Child friendly crockery and cutlery is available as well as high chairs for younger guests.
Bircher muesli, cereals, granola, fruits, pastries, cheeses, cold meats and a variety of breads are on offer as well as a buffet of hot foods and made to order eggs and pancakes.
Fun in the snow
There is so much for your family to do in the snow. My list for your winter wonderland holiday is below.
The top 15 things to do on your family holiday to Falls Creek:
- Build a snowman.
- Ride a toboggan at Windy Corner or just find a good slope close to the Lodge. (Astra has a pile of toboggans in their glamorous drying room, free for guest use).
- Ski or snowboard (our two attended ski school 8.45-2.45 including lessons and lunch)
- Ty a snodonut (a hot cinnamon or jam donut located at the base of Halley’s Commet)
- Ride a chairlift and devour a waffle drizzled with milk chocolate at the Cloud 9 Café.
- Lie in the snow and make a snow angel.
- Go out for a latte, raw juice or home made cake at the LilliPilli tea house
- Throw snowballs.
- Walk through the village and pick up some new merino wool socks or ski apres gear at one of the Falls Creek boutiques (I stocked up on some new ski wear at Kathmandu before I left however; mountain prices are remarkably competitive and the range great).
- Swim in the mesmerising blue magnesium pool at Astra Lodge
- People watch while eating pulled pork over chips at the pop up food van at the base of Halley’s Commet chair lift
- Toast marshmallows or make s’mores over the Lodges fireplace
- Learn a new board or card game which you can play each day over happy hour
- See Abby at Lillipilli for one of her signature massages to help relieve those sore muscles from a day of skiing or boarding
- Go looking for a mountain deer (the ones hanging above fireplaces don’t count)!!
I would like to thank Tom (Astra Lodge’s GM) for this collaboration and the opportunity to stay at one of Australia’s most luxurious ski chalets. Tom’s smile each day and his enquiry into your stay is lovely as is his resemblance to British Comedian Ricky Chervis!!
Additionally is photographer Danni Forde for her photography to assist me to put together this blog post. Danni is based in Mt Beauty with a lot of her work featuring in images of Falls Creek and Astra Lodge.
Finally but not lastly is Oobi. Oobi is an Australian children’s fashion label. Alex and her team kindly dressed the girls in their winter Scandi dresses.
Oobi have collaborated with me on a number of blog posts and is one of my go to brands for pretty, ethically made, affordable and lasting children’s clothing.
For inspiration on what to wear to the snow, I created a Pinterest board. This was to help me plan both my ski and ski apres wardrobe. Feel free to pin this post for later and add it to your own board.
As well, is Kathmandu and Anaconda for ski clothing, Avis for reliable and cost effective car hire, Covermore travel insurance (in case of any skiing injuries) and Skyscanner for the best deals on flights to and from Melbourne.
Enjoy this video highlightiour stay at Astra Lodge Falls Creek.
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I hope that you have enjoyed my review of Astra Lodge and Falls Creek, inspiring you to take a family holiday to the snow.
If you have any questions or tips please feel free to put them in the comments section below or directly contact me.
Bon Voyage. Sonja
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