Howmans Gap Alpine Centre offers comfortable and affordable accommodation just outside the gates of Falls Creek resort.
We’re excited to welcome families and groups back to Howmans Gap for the 2021 snow season.
Howmans Gap offers comfortable accommodation where your group can unwind after a big day of creating memories in the snow.
We have a variety of accommodation options to meet your needs, including communal bunk rooms and private cottages.
Scroll down to learn more about the unique alpine experience enjoyed by guests of Howmans Gap and Falls Creek resort.
Howmans Gap offer a range of comfortable accommodation options to meet the size and budget of your group.
These include communal bunk rooms, private cottages and a purpose-built accessible facility.
All guests have access to modern amenities, shared communal spaces and on-site catering.
To help you choose the best option for your group, we have summarised the key features of our accommodation below.
Our bunk rooms are a comfortable and affordable place to rest after a day of snow activities.
Howmans Gap can host over 200 guests across three shared accommodation wings.
During the snow season we operate these rooms in a communal lodging style, similar to hostels.
Each room sleeps five to seven people in a set of bunk beds.
Guests can choose from the following booking options:
- Shared room for an individual, couple or small group to share with other guests.
- Private room for a small group to use amongst themselves.
All guests have access to shared bathroom facilities and can relax in our communal spaces.
Our current weekend getaway package is an affordable option for guests interested in booking a bunk room.
Complete the enquiry form below and a member of our team will touch base to advise on availability.
Our cosy cottages are a great option for groups seeking to relax in a private space.
Howmans Gap features two cottages which each sleep up to eight people.
The cottages consist of rooms with bunk beds and a master room with a queen bed.
They also include a range of private amenities:
- Kitchen with modern appliances, crockery and cutlery.
- Bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.
- Laundry with washing machine and dryer.
- Lounge room with flat screen TV and DVD player.
- Dining room to eat meals together.
- Heating in all rooms and a fireplace.
- Balcony with stunning views of the Bogong High Plains.
Portable sleeping cots are also available on request.
Interested in booking a private cottage?
Complete the enquiry form below and a member of our team will touch base to advise on availability and pricing.
Access All Abilities (AAA) Building
Howmans Gap features an accessible accommodation building which supports guests with vision, hearing or mobility impairment.
The facility is comprised of 33 beds and features the only changing places bathroom above the snowline in Australia.
Disability Wintersports Australia (DWA) are set to run accessible camp programs from the building each weekend of 2021 snow season.
We recommend contacting DWA directly if you are interested in using the building over weekends.
Relax and get to know other guests in our shared communal spaces.
These spaces include:
- Drying room to store wet clothing and equipment after a day on the slopes.
- Waxing shed to help keep your skiis and snowboards in top condition.
- Games room featuring table tennis, a pool table, foosball and air hockey.
- Lounge room for quiet conversations, reading or watching films and videos.
- Meeting rooms which can be used for private calls or discussions.
Staff will be on hand to ensure these shared spaces are used fairly and respectfully.
After a day of snow adventures, relax and let us prepare your meals.
Howmans Gap features a large commercial kitchen, which our experienced chefs use to cook delicious meals.
We pride ourselves on providing healthy nutritious meals and a range of dietary options.
Guests are invited to come together and enjoy meals in our communal dining room.
Our current weekend getaway package includes four meals over a two-night stay.
Further details on this offer are listed below.
Would you prefer to self-cater?
Our private cottages feature self-contained kitchenettes, which guests can use to prepare their own meals.
Due to safety requirements, we cannot allow guests to prepare meals within our primary commercial kitchen.
Howmans Gap during during snowfall
Bunk room accommodation wing
Hallway within an accommodation wing
Bunk room with two beds
Bunk room with five beds
Bunk room with seven beds
Communal lounge room
Communal dining room
Private cottage during snowfall
Master bedroom in a private cottage
Kitchen in a private cottage
Kitchen in a private cottage
Weekend getaway package
Have you been holding out for a winter getaway in the snow?
Our current package is perfect for small groups or families looking to spend a weekend or the school holidays on the Falls Creek snowfields.
Stay with us for two nights at $250 per person between June and September 2021.
This package includes:
- Two nights’ accommodation (three days)
- Four meals prepared by our on-site chefs
- Comfortable bunk beds to sleep in
- Linen fully provided
- Shared bathroom facilities
- Access to communal spaces
- Choice between shared or private room
Please note: additional charges may apply for private room selection.
Additional package options are also available for large school or community groups (10+ guests).
Interested in staying with us?
Complete the enquiry form below and a member of our team will touch base to confirm availability.
Planning your trip
Howmans Gap and Falls Creek resort offer guests a unique alpine experience.
Accessing this experience does take some additional forethought and planning.
To help you make the most of your getaway, we have summarised key planning points below.
Howmans Gap Alpine Centre is located at 2587 Bogong High Plains Road Falls Creek VIC 3699 just outside the gates of Falls Creek resort.
Guests can access our camp at the junction of Bogong High Plains Rd and Junction Spur Track.
Arriving by car
Travelling by road is a convenient way to access Falls Creek that also allows you to experience North East Victoria's beautiful countryside.
Falls Creek is the closet alpine resort to Albury, a four and half hour drive from Melbourne and a comfortable days drive from Sydney.
During winter months Falls Creek can only be approached via an entry point at Mount Beauty.
Parking is available at Howmans Gap and within Falls Creek resort.
A resort entry permit is required if you wish to take your vehicle into the resort during your stay.
Further details on entry permits are listed below.
During the snow season it is a legal requirement that all vehicles entering the resort carry snow chains.
This includes AWD and 4WD vehicles.
The Falls Creek website includes a list of local retailers that motorists can hire snow chains from.
Motorists found not to be carrying snow chains will incur a substantial fine.
Arriving by coach (bus)
Coach travel is one of the most popular forms of transport for visitors not driving themselves to the snow.
It is safe and convenient option that removes the need to organise snow chains or drive in icy conditions.
We have a long standing relationship with Falls Creek Coach Service, who have been providing transfer services for over 40 years.
Their coaches provide transfers from Melbourne, Euroa, Myrtleford and Albury.
Guests can request to be dropped off or picked up at Howmans Gap Alpine Centre when booking their transfers.
Flying to Falls Creek is more convenient than you think.
Guests travelling from Sydney or Melbourne can arrive in less than four hours.
A connecting coach service is available from Albury airport which receives daily flights from most capitol cities.
Falls Creek also offers a helli-shuttle service from Albury airport.
The Falls Creek website includes more details on air travel options.
Falls Creek Resort entry
Resort entry permit
Guests wanting to access Falls Creek Resort by car are required to purchase an entry permit for the length of their stay.
Howmans Gap Alpine Centre is located outside the gates of Falls Creek Resort, so a permit is not required to access our accommodation.
However, if you wish to take your vehicle into the resort during your stay and entry permit will be required.
Entry permits can available to purchase on the Falls Creek website.
Bus transfer service
Howmans Gap operates a bus which is normally used to transfer large school groups into the resort.
This service may also be offered on weekends when we have a large number of small groups staying with us.
If you are interested in this service, please mention it to our staff when finalising your accommodation booking.
Looking to hit the Falls Creek slopes during your stay?
Skiers and snowboarders will need to purchase lift tickets from Falls Creek resort to engage with the mountains snow sport activities.
A Falls Creek Snow Pass Card is required to purchase lift tickets at the resort. They cost $5 to purchase and can be refilled with funds, similar to a Myki or Opal card for train transport.
The cards use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Technology, which is scanned automatically when guests approach a gate or lift, so you don’t need to take it out from your pocket.
Falls Creek Resort is currently reviewing its offers and pricing for the 2021 snow season. Check their website for updates closer to the start of snow season in June.
Rental equipment and clothing
Falls Creek Village operates three venues where guests can hire snow sport equipment and clothing. Visit the Falls Creek website for further details.
Interested in trying cross country skiing?
YMCA Camps also manages the Falls Creek Cross Country centre, which provides rental equipment and instructed lessons for this unique wintersport.
The centre is based within the Windy Corner Day Shelter and features a café. Tobogganing and snow show equipping are also available for hire.
Learn more about what’s on offer at Fall Creek Cross Country.
COVID safety practices
COVID safe plan
We understand that guests may have some anxiety about staying with us in the current COVID environment.
Please be assured the health, safety and wellbeing of guests and staff is our number one priority.
Our management team has developed a comprehensive COVID safety plan that is specific to Howmans Gap Alpine Centre, that also meets the requirements of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and broader YMCA Victoria network.
Upon arrival, all guests will be taken through the COVID safety plan by our management team.
To help keep our community safe, we require all of our visitors to sign in with a unique QR code when visiting our Camps.
This includes staff, volunteers, and any program supporters not previously registered through our program booking process.
To complete your registration, please follow the steps below:
- Fill out our visitor registration form.
- Select the Camp location you are currently visiting.
- Include your contact details and the number of additional visitors, such as minors, who are attending with you.
- Ensure all your details are correct – particularly your phone number.
- Select the submit button to complete your registration.
- Enjoy your time at camp!
During weekdays, Howmans Gap Alpine Centre primarily caters to large school groups who engage in our outdoor education programs.
Howmans Gap and the wider YMCA Camps network maintain a child-safety accreditation by embedding child-safe practices into everything we do.
These practices do limit accommodation availability for adult individual or group bookings during weekdays, as we must maintain separate spaces for school groups.
This requirement primarily affects availability of our communal bunk room accommodation. Our private cottages remain available to adult groups during weekdays.
Adult groups are still welcome to express interest in using our bunk room accommodation during weekdays.
Once you have express interest via the enquiry form below, a member of our team will touch base to confirm availability.
Learn more about the Y’s safeguarding practices and commitments.