Ski & Board Surrey - 449 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127
Phone: 03 9830 1044 (Ask for Gab - Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-3pm)
Private Ski Club
A friendly club environment, Cawarra is a privately owned not-for-profit ski club that extends its welcome to the snow loving public. It has private members who get special rates, priority bookings and private locker storage. It is managed by live in managers who are employed to ensure the lodge is kept clean, the guests happy and food is provided on weekends during snow season. They are only there during peak times and are not there to clean up after you. Please treat our lodge with the same respect and care that our members do. Cawarra has 5 bedrooms all with private en suites and large living, dining and cooking areas.
Room Location & Layout
- Rooms 1 & 2 are located at the end of the entry hallway.
- Rooms 3 & 4 are located via the lounge room at the top of the stairs.
- Room 5 is located via the lounge room at the bottom of the stairs.
All rooms have private ensuite
- Room 1 - 2x single bunks (sleeps 4)
- Room 2 - 1x single bunk, 1x ½ single ½ double bunk (sleeps 5)
- Room 3 - 2x single bunks (sleeps 4)
- Room 4 - 2x single bunks (sleeps 4)
- Room 5 - 1x double bed, 1x single bed, 1x single bunk (sleeps 5)
Check In & Arrival
Check in time is 5.00pm
Please ensure you have a lodge code for entry before you arrive
Note - If you arrive prior to check in time, you may store your bags downstairs in the games room and there is a bathroom down there for guest use.
The lodge manager is on duty during peak arrival times only. If the manager is absent for your arrival, check the whiteboard in the entry area for your room number and proceed to your room (see room arrangements for location of rooms) Your room will be clean with linen placed on the end of the beds. Please note that no shoes (slippers only) are allowed past the entry area – no exceptions!
Check out time is STRICTLY 4.00pm.
There will be no refund for early checkout. A late checkout fee may apply if the room is not vacated prior to or at this time.
A cleaning fee will be applied if your rooms are not appropriately cleaned.
Checking out requires your room and bathroom cleaned and emptied. This includes stripping the beds and putting linen in washing baskets downstairs, vacuuming and fully cleaning the bathroom. The lounge area must also be tidied.
You may check out and store your bags downstairs in the games room. There is a club bathroom, which is available for use for those who have not yet checked in, or for those who have checked out. Please clean after use.
Address & Phone Number of Club
This is not the contact for any bookings or reservations (unless standby booking)
Ph. 5777 6223 - Incoming calls only
21 Stirling Road, Mount Buller
(Opposite the Alpine Retreat Lodge, only a 2 min walk to nearest ski lift)
Kitchen - 2 Stoves & Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher, Fridge, Cooking/Eating utensils
Large Lounge Area with cosy fireplace, Games Room with table tennis (and NEW club bathroom attached), Drying Room, Washing machine, Balcony
Friendly on-site lodge manager, Private room with ensuite, Bed Linen (no bathroom linen) - blankets, doonas, pillows
Washing machine for guest use, Small selection of books and DVDs, A portable cot and linen is available upon request. (Only one available)
Kitchen storage - cupboards and fridge space. Mark your food with the textas provided (drinks stored in fridge on balcony)
Saturday and Sunday breakfast – food provided in cupboards and fridge for use during breakfast time only (Jam, Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Milk, Juice, Bread & Eggs)
Saturday night roast dinner - 7pm
What to Bring
- Food & Drink
- Towels, bath mat and soap
- Washing machine detergent
- Dvds, CDs, games, books
Upon departure guests are required to fully clean their ensuite and bedroom - please refer to ‘Checking Out’ above.
All guests are responsible for keeping communal areas tidy and cleaning up after themselves at all times. All lodge guests are to please place dirty plates and glassware in dishwasher, and turn it on as required. All guests are asked to empty the dishwasher if it is found full and clean. After eating, all cooking and eating utensils should be cleaned and put away.
After Saturday night's roast dinner, all guests are required to help clean up the eating and cooking mess. This is not the manager's duty.
For the comfort of all guests, noise levels should be kept to a minimum especially after 10pm. Your co-operation would be appreciated. A games room for children is located downstairs.
Getting There by Car
Find your way to Mt Buller resort entry gates, there will be an gate entry fee for your car and its passengers into the resort carpark. At that time you will then need to also pay for your over-snow taxi, which will take you from your parked car up to the lodge (and return). As you approach the appropriate car parking area closest to the ski resort area, you will be directed into a specific parking spot. As you empty yourself and your luggage out of your car, a 4WD taxi will pull up behind you. Your entire luggage will go on the roof of the taxi (so pack appropriately). Give the taxi driver your coupons for the ride and tell him you are going to Cawarra ski club. They will drop you off across the road outside the Alpine Retreat.
So in summary, take with you in the car: The lodge name ‘Cawarra’, and the door code for entry.
PS – The Mt Buller website has heaps of great information especially for first timers
For Mountain Taxi
Ask for Cawarra ski club. The taxi will drop you off outside the Alpine Retreat which is on the other side (uphill side) of the road from Cawarra. You will need a door code to gain entrance to the building.
If there is enough snow, you can ski down the side of the road to purchase your lift ticket at the main Lift Ticket Office area. If you already have your lift ticket you can ski down under the Chamois ski lift and cut hard skiers-right down a trail behind the lodges to get to the two consecutive rope tows which will lift you up to an area near the top of the Standard ski run. There must be enough snow for these lifts to be running, and you need to be at least an intermediate level to get down the Standard ski run.
To return home after skiing, you can access the bottom of the Chamois Ski Lift by a trail near the bottom of the Standard ski run. Again, there must be enough snow for this trail to be open. You can also ski to the bottom of Bourke street ski run and catch the free village shuttle from the bus parking area up to the Alpine Retreat. Walking up to Cawarra is also relatively easy and sometimes quicker than waiting for the shuttle.
Cawarra ski club is only a 5 minute downhill walk to the Village Centre. In this area is a supermarket, rental and retail shops, bars and restaurants. A return walk can take 5-10 minutes as it is a slight incline uphill. Again, there is a free village shuttle if you require.