Reservations Difficulties Rise as Mount Buller Hosts Banff Mountain Film Festival

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Mount Buller, home to Australia’s most popular winter destination, recently played host to this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival, attracting more visitors to the area and making it difficult to make room reservations. Sarah Tehan of Wappan Station explains how off-mountain accommodations may be ideal for the tour’s attendees.

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Mount Buller may be equipped with 7000 beds right on the mountain itself, but with the approach of the winter season combined with the festival’s popularity, this might not be enough.

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, recently held a one-night screening on Mount Buller for the Australian leg of the festival’s world tour. The festival features selected award-winning films about mountain culture, sports, and the environment. This year’s film screening showcases 2½ hours of breathtaking tales of adventure, inspiration, and tragedy set in the most exotic locales around the world, such as the Lukuga River in the Congo, the Juneau Icefield of Alaska, and Mount Everest.

Each year, the international festival attracts more than 200,000 viewers from participating countries, guaranteeing to draw large numbers of film aficionados to the tour stops. Mount Buller, site of the most popular ski resorts in all of Australia, has become even more crowded especially since hosting the festival. Sarah Tehan, owner and manager of Wappan Station, one of the numerous off mountain accommodation spots near Mount Buller, urges those who plan on attending the next Banff Mountain Film Festival to make off-mountain reservations early.

“Mount Buller may be equipped with 7000 beds right on the mountain itself, but with the approach of the winter season combined with the festival’s popularity, this might not be enough,” Ms. Tehan States.

She reasons that making early reservations lets visitors avoid the hassles of fully booked accommodations, especially since Mount Buller is a much sought-after winter destination with more than 500,000 visitor-days in one season.

Ms. Tehan recommends visitors to book a room in one of the many unique establishments in Mansfield, such as a farmstay like Wappan Station, citing cost as a primary reason.

“In winter, Wappan Station is perfect for large groups looking for off-mountain Mansfield accommodation near Mount Buller. With self-contained accommodation that is just a short drive from Buller’s snow fields along with rental fees way below $500 per night, groups can enjoy the festival without breaking their budget,” Ms. Tehan asserts.

Ms. Tehan also reasons that while attending the Banff film festival is by itself a rich experience, exploring the area near off-mountain accommodations can also provide visitors with one-of-a-kind experiences that will make their stay more memorable.

“You can swim, fish, water ski, or simply relax on the shores of Lake Eildon. You can also ride the Rail Trail and explore the surrounding district. There are local wineries, markets and special events that you can go to in addition to attending the Banff Film Festival,” Ms. Tehan declares.

“You can have all these and more when you book a room in one of the many farm stays near Mount Buller,” she adds.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is currently in its 36th year, and Mount Buller Cinema is one of the chosen locations for the festival’s film screenings in Australia. With the festival’s scheduled stop at Mount Buller, difficulties with accommodations may be expected by visitors as attendees to the film screening flock to the area. Off-mountain lodgings near Mount Buller are widely available for the event and can provide visitors with accommodations that are easier to book for much less cost.

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