The Team at Astra

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Rosy Seaton

Proprietor of Astra Lodge

Rosy Seaton - Astra
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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 joined the Astra team in 2018 and provides a private transport option for our guests. Driving the 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
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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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Kauri Watkin

HEAD CHEF

Astra are thrilled to welcome Kauri Watkin as Head Chef for 2021.

With experience spanning around Australia, in both regional areas and major cities, Kauri’s love for local produce and cooking with the seasons shines through.

After spending time around the world absorbing different techniques and working under award winning chefs, Kauri moved to Japan to further his knowledge and understanding of Japanese food and culture.

Working at the highly awarded Kaiseki Restaurant Kumahiko Arashiyama he gained a true understanding of Japanese cooking and tradition.

This season at Astra indulge in Kauri’s expertly designed tasting menus.  With opportunities for an exclusive Private Cellar Dining Experience, or dine in the award winning restaurant, the team at Astra will certainly look after you.

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Matt Cridge

Sommelier

Not so fresh off the boat is our English Sommelier Matt who joins us at Astra for the 2021 season.

With over a dozen years in the industry, Matt swapped his love of hops & apples from his home in Somerset, to studying & gaining his stripes within the wine industry in Melbourne. 

Living, breathing & drinking wine, Matt found a home within the Yarra Valley over the last three years and most recently working with the highly regarded winemaker, Mac Forbes.

Allow Matt to take you on a voyage across the World with our impressive cellar list.

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Hudson, Ollie & Detlev

Concierge

Hudson from WA, Ollie from SA and Detlev from Mount Beauty.    Husdon & Ollie are your friendly concierge and over snow drivers and a guest favourite.   Detlev is one of our Astra Private Transfer drivers. 

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Rubie Jucutan

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 Exelby

House Keeping Manager

Tara joins the Astra team again this year as House Keeping Manager.   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 Australia’s best resorts and Hotels since moving to Australia in 2004

What are they up to now?

LUIS BUCHAN

Luis Buchan served as Astra Sommelier for 3 seasons in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Born in Mexico City earning a BA in Gastronomy and Diploma in wines. Luis is our first inductee to the Astra Family where are they now. Luis has since moved to Queensland with his partner studying Geology with the same passion he invested in wines. We chat regularly with Luis and he will still send bottles of wines for us to try and as same we send him some of our new favourites. We wish Luis the best of luck with his new career and extend our sincere thanks for his years of service at Astra Falls Creek.

Luis Buchan - Astra's Sommelier