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Guidelines for car pooling

It is expected that passengers and drivers will contribute to marginal vehicle-running costs when travelling to ski resorts and related accommodation. Marginal costs include fuel, oil, servicing, etc, but exclude capital costs, depreciation, registration and insurance. The following annually revised rates for car sharing take into account changing petrol costs. Costs depend on ski area, number of persons on board and car engine size. See Which column applies? for explanation.

In addition, all occupants should pay a share of the resort entry fees - whether or not a season ticket is used - and a share of chain hire (if the driver needs to hire them).

The Table shows the share in $ for each person in the car (including driver).

Destination km 2/A 2/B 2/C 3/A 3/B 3/C 4/A 4/B 4/C
Lake Mountain
(one way)
119 11 14 20 7 10 13 5 7 10
Lake Mountain
(return)
238 21 29 40 14 19 27 11 14 20
Mount Stirling
(one way)
247 22 30 42 15 20 28 11 15 21
Mount Stirling
(return)
494 44 59 84 30 40 56 22 30 42
Mount Hotham
(one way)
379 34 45 64 23 30 43 17 23 32
Mount Hotham
(return)
758 68 91 129 45 61 86 34 45 64
Falls Creek
(one way)
389 35 47 66 23 31 44 18 23 33
Falls Creek
(return)
778 70 93 132 47 62 88 35 47 66

Bus information

To Falls Creek - Falls Creek Coach Service (formerly Pyles)

To Mt Hotham - Snowball Express

To Lake Mountain :

Directions for drivers

To Mt Beauty /Falls Creek - How to get from Melbourne to Tawonga South (Mt Beauty)

A slightly shorter, more interesting way.
Join the Hume Freeway (M31) wherever convenient, heading toward Albury/Sydney. Remain on M31 to bypass Glenrowan, about 225 km from Melbourne. Take the Milawa exit (C522) immediately after MacDonalds restaurants. On the C522, pass through Oxley, Milawa, and Markwood to Gapstead. At the T-junction with Great Alpine Rd (B500), turn right to Myrtleford.
Pass through Myrtleford to Ovens township ... Now go to step A.

A slightly longer, but easier-to-drive way (eg. on a Friday evening):
Join the Hume Freeway (M31) wherever convenient, heading NNE. Remain on M31 to bypass Glenrowan, about 225 km from Melbourne. Remain on M31 past the Snow Road (C522) and two turn-offs to Wangaratta. Exit at the Great Alpine Road (B500) for Bright and Beechworth. At Tarrawingee,take the right fork .... Now go to step A

Step A: In Ovens, turn left onto C534 for Tawonga/Mt. Beauty.
[Be on the lookout for kangaroos on this road around/after sunset.] At the Kiewa Valley Highway (C531), turn right for Tawonga/Mt. Beauty. For Tawonga South, proceed through Tawonga for several km.

Maps: Melway Map 420.

To Lake Mountain - How to get from Melbourne to Lake Mountain:

The usual route is via Whitehorse Road and Maroondah Highway to Box Hill, Ringwood, Lilydale and Healesville. Usually, plan to be at Gerraty's before 9:30 am to be sure of  good parking! Allow 2.5 hours to travel to Lake Mountain from the inner-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

There might be patches of ice on the road. Chains can be hired in Melbourne, Mt Beauty or Marysville.

Be wary about ice when walking at resort car-parks e.g. Gerraty's at Lake Mountain or Windy Corner at Falls Creek.