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Falls Creek

The Falls Creek Alpine Resort is an alpine ski resort in the Hume region in northeastern Victoria, Australia.

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  • Area:167.745 km2
  • Elevation:1534 m
  • Population:293
  • Local Government Area:Unincorporated VIC

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The Falls Creek Alpine Resort is an alpine ski resort in the Hume region in northeastern Victoria, Australia. It is located in the Alpine National Park in the Victorian Alps, approximately 350 kilometres (220 miles) by road from Melbourne, with the nearest town being Mount Beauty, which is approximately 30 km (20 mi) away. The resort lies between an elevation of 1,210 and 1,830 m (3,970 and 6,004 ft) above sea level, with the highest lifted point at 1,780 m (5,840 ft). Skiing is possible on the nearby peak of Mount McKay at 1,842 m (6,043 ft), accessed by snowcat from the resort. The resort is an unincorporated area, directly administered by the government of Victoria, and surrounded by the Alpine Shire. # History After World War II, the Kiewa electrical scheme was started in the Kiewa River valley by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. On land previously used only for summer cattle grazing in the natural alpine grasslands, the first ski lodge was built in 1948 by workers from the scheme. The first lift, a rope tow, was built in 1951 and the first chairlift in Australia was constructed there in 1957.Falls Creek Post Office opened on 9 June 1958 (1958-06-09) (with telegraph and telephone facilities only until 1964).The high plains in the area were used for summer cattle grazing from 1851 until 2005, when the Government of Victoria did not renew grazing licences due to concerns about the cattle's impact on the fragile alpine environment. Some of the cattlemen's huts still survive and are a tourist attraction in summer. Mount Bogong, Victoria's highest mountain, is nearby. The nearest town to Falls Creek is Mount Beauty. # Weather Falls Creek has a Continental climate (Dfb) with cool summers and very cold, snowy winters. Precipitation is moderate to heavy. # Things to do

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