The Team at Astra

Rosy Seaton - Astra
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Rosy Seaton

Proprietor of Astra Lodge

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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.”

Shannon Exelby and dog
Bruno Da Motta - Astra Falls Creek - Traverse Alpine Group
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Bruno Da Motta

A Chef of International Repute

Bruno Da Motta is the Brazilian-born, globetrotting chef/restauranteur engaged by Traverse Alpine Group who look after Astra to prepare the food and beverage options in this Response.

Bruno is an internationally experienced visionary in his field, with expertise in all aspects of hospitality. He is the principal of Achieve & Co, a Sydney-based hospitality consultancy.

Bruno has 17 years’ experience in global hospitality trends and a deserved reputation for excellence. As well as qualifications in commercial cookery and haute cuisine, Bruno has diplomas in management and food service administration.

Bruno’s life’s mission is to be at the cutting-edge of innovation and standards in the hospitality and entertainment industry. He believes in keeping ingredients fresh, presentation simple and flavour set to “max”.

Bruno can be contacted on:
P: +61 402 680 979
E: [email protected]

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Luis Buchan

Astra’s Sommelier

Back for his third season here in Astra, Luis. Born in Mexico City, Luis brings to Astra’s world class wine cellar a BA degree in Gastronomy and diploma in wines. He likes everything about wines, from tasting to walking amongst the vines.

Luis Buchan - Astra's Sommelier
Bryan Seaton- Head of Astra Transportation
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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.

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Toby Burrowes

Astra’s Featured Chef from Elystan Street, London

Astra welcomed back the very talented Toby Burrowes for the second consecutive year this August working along side our Head Chef Janis Mallet. 

Together, they created a wonderful culinary experience which pleased the Falls Creek crowds. 

The Astra x Elystan Street collaboration is so unique and we hope to continue this fantastic relationship in the future.

Toby Burrowes - Astra Chef profile
Archer - Astra Concierge
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Archer comes to Falls Creek from Melbourne spending much of his time in the southern beaches during the summer. Archer is your friendly concierge and over snow driver and a guest favourite.

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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.

Rubie - Astra Day Spa Manager
Irena - Astra House Keeping Manager
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House Keeping Manager

Irena is a special person and staff favorite at Astra Falls Creek. Having worked in exclusive resorts through Europe and most recently Iceland, Irena leads a team of room attendants with firm and fair hands.

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Head Chef

Vishal has lead Kitchens all around the world most recently in Chicago and Dubai. With a passion for food and high level culinary execution, Astra Restaurant and Bar is a star of Falls Creek.

Vishal - Astra Head Chef