If you are after a great family holiday, a ski mountain is the place for you. Everything is catered towards families, with plenty of activities for kids, even those who can't ski.
There is no on mountain parking, so all guests (day or overnight) have to leave their cars at a carpark about 5 mins from the village and take a free shuttle up to the village. This time we left our car in the free parking at Merrimbah, located at the base of the mountain where the park entry is, then took the bus from Merrimbah to the village. The bus turned out to be only slightly more than the park entry plus overnight parking fee and we didn't have to lug our baggage through the snow to the shuttle. It was win win.
We stayed at the Mt Buller Chalet Hotel. The Chalet is ski in ski out, perfect location. Breakfast was included, so while we love the hunt for new breakfast locations in a new city, on the mountain a provided breakfast was the best thing. One of us could take Lulu down to the breakfast room while the other got ready, keeping her entertained and full. The Chalet had a pool, which Lulu loved. I was also lucky enough to make use of their dayspa. The saltscrub massage is to die for.
Downside? Although on the map the Chalet is across the green run from the daycare, it was a little bit of a hike to get there & with paths not always shovelled and Lulu not big enough to walk she became pretty heavy. My solution? I talked Nick into taking her each morning and I hired a sled/toboggan to pull her home in.
Nick and I have our own gear, but for Lulu we hired gear from Ski Centre Mansfield. They are way cheaper than hiring on the mountain and the staff are lovely.
Powder Bar - Excellent pizza, coffee and cocktails. Aperol anyone? The waitress loved Lulu, spending more time playing with her than serving customers. A plus for us but maybe not for the other customers.
Kooroora Hotel - A great space for Lulu to run in while one of us chased her and the other enjoyed a quite wine/beer. Their kids meals are good too.
Snowpony - Good coffee and excellent furry walls. If you are into texture, this is the place for you. It does get busy, however, and there aren't always tables.
The daycare workers were fantastic. Lulu did lots of painting. She played with the toy kitchen and dolls. She even learnt how to use the magic carpet. Can you imagine taking 10 under 3s outside and teaching them how to use the magic carpet? I can't either. The workers had way more energy than me.