Little Melbourne Reviews
Mount Donna Buang - where Families flock to the snow. This would have to be Melbourne's best free snow destination and only a two hour drive (give or take) from Melbourne.
Spend a magical day on the snow with plenty of snow play, snowman making and tobogganing. If the kids have been begging you to see the snow and you're not up for a fancy resort, avoid the hefty fees of a ski resort in favour of free snow play!
There's (normally) no chains required as VicRoads clear the road and carparks.
There's a toboggan run and you can hire toboggans for $10 on the mountain or in Warburton. We also found a few make-shift mini toboggan runs at the top of the summit. It's a good space for snowman making too.
If you're bringing a baby, rug up and pack an ergo/baby carrier or you can even use your pram. There were a few prams in use on our visit.
Just keep in mind this isn't a fancy ski resort. You're not going for a ski lift, ski school, hot chocolate in a cafe or accommodation. Here it's all about snow play and the beautiful surroundings to take in. There's loads of photo opportunities and you and the kids will love the freedom of the mountain.
We hope our tips give you some comfort for an enjoyable snow experience!
For your most up to date report check out the Warburton Info page as it's updated daily.
Toboggans can be hired at the bottom of the mountain in Warburton for around $15 from the Shell Service Station or the Hardware Store.
OR they can be hired from Terry the 'Toboggan Man' on the mountain for $10 (for a maximum of 3 hours). Please check the Warburton Info facebook page as we can't guarantee the truck will be on the mountain everyday.
There's a Shell Service Station in Warburton. Time to refuel here as there's no service station up the mountain!
There's no cafes, no restaurants and certainly no resort style bars! Mount Donna Buang is all about the snow, but we all need to eat right?
Pack a backpack with your own food and a thermos of coffee is always a good idea. There's a Hot Food Van on the mountain serving hot food and drinks but you'll need to check the Warburton Facebook page for updates if the food van is available or not.
There are plenty of cafes at the bottom of the mountain and are a good stop off to break the journey before or after your journey. Little Joe offer great wood-fired pizzas and tapas.
Generally No chains are required. A grader clears the road every morning. It's best to check the Warburton Facebook page for updates to see when the grader has been up. On our journey the road never felt dangerous or icy but always exercise caution driving up and down the mountain. It's also a good idea to head up early as we've heard of big queues getting up the mountain (but this may have eased now that it's not school holidays anymore).
There's a toilet block at the top of Mt Donna Buang summit.
Entry is free. There's no entry fees. This is snow play at its finest. Free.
There are a couple of car parks. You'll approach a really big one as you drive up the mountain with a disused block to the far right and a working toilet block to the left. Avoid this one as you're not quite there yet! Keep driving and you'll approach another car park (you can park up here and walk the five minutes to the start of the snow or keep driving a really short distance and the car parking will become obvious on the right hand side. It's free car-parking too.
Come prepared. Good grip snow boots, gloves, thermals, warm jacket - the works. There's no hiring of clothes here or nothing at the bottom of the mountain either.
The Warburton Info Website and Warburton Info Facebook Page are essential for planning your journey to Mt Donna Duang. Look them both up for more tips, weather conditions, road info and more snow info.