Altitude Training

Falls Creek is Australia’s leading alpine training destination and the only serious option for a fully equipped training camp at altitude. The Alpine National Park is Victoria’s answer to training overseas. Up here dramatic peaks and alpine ridges form a spectacular location with road, trail and open water training options at 1600m+ above sea level. Falls Creek offers the convenience of a vibrant community base in the heart of the action only 4½ hours drive from Melbourne.

Altitude training may seem a sporting buzz-word but scientific opinion is settled on its benefits. Training at an altitude between 1500m and 1850m above sea level is regarded among athletes and sports scientists to deliver tangible physical benefits by increasing the delivery of oxygen through the blood. This level of altitude training is particular beneficial for middle and long distance athletes or those competing in endurance sports. A training program of between 10 to 14 days at altitude is considered best to maximise the benefits of altitude training.

SEE YOU AT 1600M+

At Falls Creek our environment is routinely chosen by Olympians and elite sporting teams as an off-season training base. In a cool climate with an average high of 18°C in January, comfortable training conditions are maintained even at the height of Australian summer.

Falls Creek’s village is established for high visitation meaning fantastic infrastructure and services. Over 3,000 beds and multiple dining options remain open year round to service a thriving mountain bike park, nature retreat and lakeside tourist destination. With a fully-equipped village at 1600m+ your camp at Falls Creek is not just training at altitude but living at altitude too.

Team Training Camps

Falls Creek can provide the ideal setting for a team-focused training camp with a variety of options to cater to your specific needs.

  • Self-contained accommodation
  • On-site chef prepared nutrition available
  • Private gym, training & meeting areas
  • Team building, sightseeing & recreation opportunities
  • Media coordination & community open sessions

Group or solo training camps

For groups or solo athletes Falls Creek’s summer facilities provide a comfortable environment to create a self-catered training camp to budget and requirement.

  • Backpacker, apartment and lodge-style accommodation
  • Community gym memberships
  • Social ride & run groups
  • Mountain bike rental & servicing
  • Local trail maps & training profiles
  • Public lounge & wifi areas

Don't just take our word for it

TRAINING CAMP FACILITIES

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Mountain Biking

Falls Creek Mountain Bike Park offers a 40km+ network of uphill and flow descent singletrack with bike hire and shuttle options available. Back Country riding on extensive on and off grade country tracks and firetrails, include ascent to 1850m at nearby Mount McKay, Australia’s highest drivable point.

Trail Running

Flat grade aqueduct trails form the basis of a 45km network of inner-resort trails for endurance and distance training. Variable terrain High Plains tracks offer more undulating courses for trail running.

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Hiking and Trail Running at Falls Creek along Frying Pan Spur

Hiking

Culturally and historically significant sites dot the landscape around Falls Creek and the Bogong High Plains for distance and altitude hikes. A 25km route between Falls Creek and Mt Hotham presents a unique team building option hiking one of Victoria’s recognised iconic walks.

Road Cycling

A 235km loop from Falls Creek to Bright, Mt Hotham and Omeo takes in over 4000m of elevation in 3 major climbs. Local highlights offer manageable out and back single rides at altitude levels.

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Rowing at Falls Creek

Rowing & Water-Based Sports

Australia’s highest 2km open water course for rowing and other water sports on the expansive 250ha Rocky Valley Lake. Foreshore area 2km from the village offers easy launching and marshalling points plus unique orienteering opportunities kayaking to differing points of the lake.

Drill & Group training

The Nordic Bowl precinct offers a largely flat open grassed space for group training, set drills, anaerobic and aerobic workouts. Double tennis court and car parking areas can be configured for exclusive use in flat ground drill training. Sessions at nearby Mt Beauty Football & Cricket Club oval are also available.

Victoria Institute of Sport altitude training at Falls Creek
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Village

Gym:

Secure areas available for private gym setup or scheduled exclusive use of community gym with weights, spin bikes, treadmills, rowing machines and strength equipment.

Conference Space:

Board Room and conference spaces available for between 20 to 120 participants.

Massage:

Day Spa and massage facilities can be available via prior request.

Village Facilities:

Regular summer facilities open include multiple dining options, Visitor Information Centre, Supermarket & Liquor, Post Office, public bike repair & wash station and bike rental & service outlets.

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