If you’re planning to spend the weekend up at the festival, and are looking for a good camping spot to base yourself, you can’t go past Mountain Creek. Located at the base of Mt Bogong, it has drive in, free camping, with pit toilets and water from the stream. This is about a 60 – 80 minute drive from Windy Corner.
If you’re looking for accommodation up at Falls Creek, a cheap option is the Howman’s Gap camp, run by the YMCA. This is located just outside the resort boundary, about a 10 min drive to Windy Corner.
Mountain Creek is located in the Alpine National Park at the foot of Mt Bogong, about 15 km east of Tawonga. From the Kiewa Valley Hwy south of Tawonga, head east for 10 km on Mountain Creek Rd.
The site is well sign posted and has good drive in camping. It can be damp in winter (and cold!) so come prepared. There are a limited number of picnic tables so you may want to take some additional fold up chairs. Free camping.
The Howmans Gap Alpine Centre is located on the road to Falls Creek, just outside the resort entry booths. It largely caters for schools and other groups, but has a range of affordable accommodation.
Please be aware that they already have significant bookings for the week of the backcountry festival, so you would want to lock something in soon.
There is a wide range of options in the Falls Creek resort (where the festival will be held). For details on accommodation options at Falls Creek, please check here.
Bogong village is located between Mt Beauty and Falls Creek resort. There are a range of accommodation options available there. Just do a websearch for ‘Bogong village accommodation’ for full details.
This is the gateway town to Falls Creek and has a range of accomodation options. A good and quite affordable one is either a powered site at The Park Mt Beauty (the main caravan park) or a cabin/ yurt. Its just on the edge of town on the Tawonga South side. Details here.
Snow camping at Roper Lookout
Some people will be setting up camp near Roper Lookout. This is in the Alpine national park, across the valley from the Falls Creek village (on the other side of the of Rocky Valley Creek, and accessed via the Bogong High Plains road and the dam wall). It is about a 30 – 40 min ski from the windy corner car park. You will need to be self sufficient in camping gear, food, stove, etc.
If you’re keen to join us, feel free to email me and I will send you details of exactly where we are once we set up the camp on the thursday before the festival. firstname.lastname@example.org
Snow camping at Pretty Valley
Pretty Valley is a true backcountry campsite. It is a ski of *at least* 90 minutes from Windy Corner.
A number of people are planning to be out there – you would need to organise all your gear, tent, cooking gear, etc. You would also obviously need a head lamp to ski home from the festival!