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Driving campervan to Mt Buller

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Driving campervan to Mt Buller

Hi!

A group of us (6 adults) will be traveliing around Melbourne in early July and we're hoping to go up to Mt Buller for some fun in the snow. Since we're on a tight budget, we are wondering if we can do so on a campervan? Would it be feasible to finish up our activities on the mountain and come back to our campervan to spend the night in it and only leave the mountain in the morning?

Would the roads between Mansfield and the Mt Buller Caravan Park be narrow and hard to manoeuvre? Since it will be our first time on mountainous roads + snow + driving such a big vehicle, we're a little concerned.

Hope to get your advices!

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Canberra, Australia
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1. Re: Driving campervan to Mt Buller

>>Since it will be our first time on mountainous roads + snow + driving such a big vehicle, we're a little concerned.<<

Yes, quite.

Melbourne, Australia
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2. Re: Driving campervan to Mt Buller

In short - don't do it. It is yes and yes (narrow and windy) plus slow. Add the joys of fitting snow chains to this monster - if you can find the right ones. Otherwise they simply won't let you up. Any savings you think you may get are false savings. Also add to that that rental company may specifically prohibit driving in the snow, which means that any damages to your vehicle or third party won't be covered by any insurance and you will have to fork out for repairs yourself. How fat is your bank account?

Sydney/Melbourne
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3. Re: Driving campervan to Mt Buller

Leave the van in Mansfield and take a bus to Mt Buller for the day.

If you just want a bit of snow play and tobogganing, go to one of the lower resorts like Lake Mountain, Donna Buang or Mt Stirling. Closer to Melbourne and easier driving.

Singapore, Singapore
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4. Re: Driving campervan to Mt Buller

Thank you all for the quick responses! We're indeed just going for some snow play, tobogganing and looking forward to the carriage lifts and sceneries. Are these comparable on other mountains? If it is then I guess we can go elsewhere too!

Else we will just drive to Mansfield and take the bus up. Can someone tell me the charges for this arrangement? I'm getting confused looking at all the different methods of getting there.

Thanks in advance!

Melbourne, Australia
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5. Re: Driving campervan to Mt Buller

Pls be aware that they may not be much snow in early July. Also, Lake Mountain does not have a chairlift. It is only a small mountain. Lake Mountain does have skiing but cross country skiing only (not downhill skiing)

Melbourne, Australia
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6. Re: Driving campervan to Mt Buller

If you are wanting to go to the snow, play around and ride a chairlift then Mt Buller is perfect for that. Lake Mountain is great for families to play and toboggan, but it has no chairlifts.

You cannot overnight on mountain in a car or caravan, and there are no caravan parks at Mt Buller. The closest parks are in Mansfiield so stay at either of them and take the Mansfield-Mt Buller bus up the mountain. http://www.mmbl.com.au/ On the ride up the mountain you will see why we did not recommend you drive it yourself.

You will be able to organise a special chairlift ticket to allow you to sightsee and ride on two chairlifts. You will play in the snow, hiire and ride toboggans and build a snow man or two.

Please consider trying to ski. It is a fun experience and if a few of you do it together you will have lots to bond over ! Mt Buller does a great come and try skiing package for beginners. This includes ski and gear hire and a beginners lift pass and beginners lesson. The lift pass will allow you to travel on more than just the two sightseeing lifts.

It is true that July is the start of the ski season and snow is likely to be thin on the ground (especially at Buller). Riding the chairlifts could mean viewing bushland, however Mt Buller does extensive snowmaking in its beginner areas so if you decide to try skiing you will not be disappointed. There will be snow for that

Finally - do NOT go on the weekend. Mt Buller is close to Melbourne and as such is incedibly crowded on weekends with busloads of people coming up. Go midweek and have fun !!

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7. Re: Driving campervan to Mt Buller

There is a good, free campsite at the base of Mt Buller. There's no facilities except for a toilet and some tables, plus clean river water. It's on the banks of the Delatite river, at the turn off of Carter's road. After camping there for the night (or paying for a spot in Mansfield with showers etc), there is a car park a bit further along at the main Buller gate. You can get a 'mountain taxi' (bus) from there - something like $20 each.

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8. Re: Driving campervan to Mt Buller

Camping in a van in Mansfield in Winter? It will be VERY cold!!!

You might find renting a car & looking at other accommodation options will be more comfortable. You will need to rent a people mover type car through & I'm not sure of budget options in Mansfield.

You might actually find that doing a day trip from Melbourne on a coach works out not that expensive when you compare with how much it will cost you to DIY.

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9. Re: Driving campervan to Mt Buller

elenwillow is absolutely right - temperatures in winter drop below zero in Mansfield at night.

Consider booking into the Mansfield Caravan Park mansfieldholidaypark.com.au/things-to-do.html

For less than $40 you can get a powered site so you can run the heating overnight.

The Caravan Park is easy walking distance to the pick up point for the bus that will take you up the mountain for the day. Enjoy a day in the snow, take the last bus down and enjoy a night in Mansfield instead.

I'm assuming that you have the van for a longer period of time. If not, then look at some of the park's other accommodation options like the cabins. It may be more economical (and certainly more comfortable) to rent a car and stay in cabins - all caravan parks have them.

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