The Team at Astra

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Rosy Seaton

Proprietor of Astra Lodge

Rosy Seaton - Astra
Shannon Exelby and dog
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Introducing

Shannon Exelby

General Manager of Astra Falls Creek

“I was raised on a cattle and cropping farm in country Queensland.  I’ve spent a lot of my life exploring Australia and beyond, working and living in many beautiful locations. Astra Falls Creek rivals the best in the world.”

“It’s a slice of Europe nestled in the Victorian Alps. Seamlessly intertwining world class luxury and sophistication with the intimacy and charm of a small community, complete with Rosy’s personal touch with her ever growing cushion collection from ski cities across the globe.”

Shannon Exelby has been a leader and innovator in the tourism industry for two decades, managing some of Australia’s most iconic hotels and resorts. 

“Ive always loved the ocean and surfing. In 2002 I traded my surfboard for a snowboard when I moved to Canada to work and Ski Whistler Blackcomb. It was supposed to be a short term adventure, but after meeting a local Canadian girl who I would later marry -ski fields, snow storms and red wine around a fireplace became a permanent fixture in my life.”

“We now have 4 children and they are every bit the snow bunny their mother is. So Astra Falls Creek is a wonderful community for us to be a part of.”

“Astra Falls Creek is like no other ski accomodation in Australia. Our guests hail from all corners of the globe and it is an annual pilgrimage for many.”

“For me, the perfect holiday is as much about the people as it is the location. I am passionate about every guest having the best experience possible.  It’s about bringing the magic of the surrounds into the guest experience and enjoying their sense of discovery.”

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Bryan Seaton

Head of Astra Transportation

Bryan, born and raised in Albury has joined the Astra team to provide a private transport option for our guests. Driving the new Mercedes Benz V Class from either Melbourne or Albury airport for not only convenience but for comfort and great conversation! Head to our ‘Location’ section and find out more about this fantastic service.

Bryan Seaton- Head of Astra Transportation
David Featherston
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David Featherston

Venue Manager

David joins the team at Astra as Venue Manager 

David began his hospitality journey in the kitchen and acquire and ran his first restaurant from the kitchen, a well-known and much loved eatery on the foreshore of Hardy’s Bay, NSW. 

In 2018, the mountains and regional dining scene lured David and his family to Bright, Victoria where he opened Elm Dining and later The Yard Bar & Grill where David made his transition from Head Chef to Host building a far reaching community connection.  We are excited to work with David, bringing local knowledge and passion to the dining experience.

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Jude Fort

Astra Food & Beverage Manager

Jude is from a small town in central Victoria, called Nagambie. She was born in Northern Ireland and came to Australia 18 years ago. Jude loves all things wine, as a certified sommelier, currently studying her WSET level 4 and is qualified in winemaking, wine show judging and a viticulturist. Her passion lies in food and wine pairing and finding the best flavour matches.

Jude Fort
David Featherston
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Greg Addicoat

Astra Sommelier

New to Astra this season Greg joins us having earned his stripes in many of Australia’s top 5 star luxury accommodations.  

He has adapted to the cold having grown up in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria where Winter is true holding the record of the coolest wine region on the Australian mainland.  Moving abroad and studying the wine industry in places such as the UK, France, Canada and New Zealand, he has visited many of the world’s great wine regions. Allow Greg to take you on a journey through wine!

 

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Kyle & Camilo

Concierge

Kyle comes to Falls Creek from South Australia and Camilo from Chile.  Kyle & Camilo are your friendly concierge and over snow drivers and a guest favourite.

Rubie - Astra Day Spa Manager
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Rubie

Astra Day Spa Manager

Rubie has spent much of her career working in Island resorts in Australia and Overseas. Most recently managing spa’s in the Maldives, Rubie comes with high level experience and for better or worse finds all the sore spots.

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Tara

House Keeping Manager

Tara joins the Astra team again this year as House Keeping Manager following her first season last winter. Tara grew up in Canada and her favourite places are fabulous Whistler and Revelstoke where she returns most years to ski and visit family.

Tara has worked in some of Australias best resorts and Hotels since moving to Australia in 2004

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Jack

Head Chef

Jack joins Astra for his first snow season at Falls creek.  Jack was born and raised in Dorset England – a place of fine food and fantastic produce. He started working in kitchens at the age of 13 and his passion for food developed therein as did his desire to be a chef.  After training in Michelin stared restaurants around the UK he moved to Melbourne Australia to work at the highly acclaimed Vue De Monde. 

In 2016 Jack opened his restaurant Sunset Food And Wine on Kangaroo Island South Australia and has gone on to win multiple awards including The Australians ‘hot 50’ 2019 & The restaurant & catering best regional restaurant 2018.