April A-Z Challenge: F for Falls Creek
I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.
F is for Falls Creek, an alpine ski resort in the high plains of north east Victoria. The village was established when the hydro electricity scheme began in 1948 on land previously used for the summer grazing of cattle. By 1958 the resort was taking shape, and included chairlifts and basic accommodation for skiers and snowboarders.
As it is set in a national park, cross country tracks are also available.
Today Falls Creek is a thriving, and very popular ski resort in the winter months, when there is snow on the ground. There are now many chairlifts and ski tows for skiers. Man made snow is also available when necessary, to extend the ski season.
The resort now features a large number of resorts and varying levels of accommodation, from five star down to the basic level. There are also many bars and restaurants open mainly during the snow season.
Falls Creek, is one of my favourite places on this earth. I don’t ski, but love to go there in the summer for bushwalking. The summer months are much quieter than the busy winter, and walking the many trails is a joy and very peaceful.
Cycling is also a popular activity in summer. The road up the mountain to Falls Creek is a popular route with road cyclists. The bush trails around the village are perfect for mountain bikers.