College Lawn Hotel

36 Greville Street, Prahran, Melbourne, Australia
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Transfer from Melbourne to Mt Buller

by jackio1917

Hi, I will be visiting Melbourne in Jun 09 and am planning to go up MT buller ( 2-3 days trip)for 2 adult and a child (7 yrs old). We already have accomdation on MT Buller and now deciding on transportation to MT Buller.

I am deciding between taking a coach from Melbourne or drive a rental car to mansfield and take coach there up to Mt buller.

I check VLine coach but they only have either 8.30am coach that arrive at 1pm at MT buller (not maximising time on snow) or night coach.(costly to incur extra night stay on the mountain). Does any one know any coach that leave Melbourne early morning ( say 4-5am) and arrive MT Buller around 10am so that we can maximise the time on MT buller?

Alternative is to drive a rental car to Mansfield. Stay overnight at Yarra Valley and leave early morning 5am to reach mansfield around 8-9am. Park the car in Mansfield and take the Mansfield Mt Buller Bus to MT Buller. Is it safe to leave the rental car in Mansfield? ( MMBL website say that there is free parking available in Mansfield).

What would you suggest?

Re: Transfer from Melbourne to Mt Buller

by cafank

Those are the only buses to Mt Buller from Melbourne. You can leave your car in Mansfield, there are some parking places there, or you can hire a car with chains and drive to Mt Buller. The drive up the mountain is not too bad. The Melbourne - Mt Buller drive will take just over 2 hours on a good run.

Re: Transfer from Melbourne to Mt Buller

by jackio1917

Thanks for your reply. I am not confident to drive up the mountain as I have never drove in winter.

Re: Transfer from Melbourne to Mt Buller

by sirgaw

Check with some of the larger tour bus companies - AAT Kings is one of them - as they used to do day trip snow tours and left the city around 5 or 6 am. Not sure of the return time, but would think that would give you a good day at Mt B

Re: Transfer from Melbourne to Mt Buller

by jackio1917

Thanks but i want to stay overnight and already have accomodation on MT buller.

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