Most Victorians would be aware of Mount Buller's reputation as a premium alpine skiing destination in the winter time but few would consider visiting the mountain in the off season.
I would recommend it for anyone who wishes to test their uphill road cycling skills, for motor bike enthusiasts or mountain bike riders. Indeed the ski hire shop, Altitude
, becomes a bike hiring shop during this time. Or maybe you prefer the speed of your activities down a notch preferring to hike, climb, abseil or see the views on horse back.
Strolling around the tranquil village with barely a car or human in sight may be eerie and reminiscent of a ghost town but you can better appreciate the architecture that covers the gamut of styles from 1960s kitsch to state-of-the-art, contemporary million-dollar chalets. And besides, it's the time of the year you won't be fighting over a car parking space.
You can take in the panorama of the nearby hills and valleys without the constant drone of chair lifts and snow vehicles and can hear the wind rustling in the trees.
Or try bushwalking along the Summit Nature Walk or the Klingsporn Bridle Track to the base of Mount Buller while looking out for hardy plants and wildlife that can tolerate extreme temperatures.
The numerous sculptures scattered throughout the village and along Athletes' Walk provide a point of interest and add a touch of whimsy.
Come for the day or stay overnight and take advantage of reduced rates on chalet accommodation during the snow-free seasons.