Snowy Mountains Basic Information

For the Snowy Mountains first-timer, the convenience of ski-in, ski-out resort accommodation is hard to beat to maximise your time on the slopes, but for the seasoned skier, your best budget bet is to stay in the service town of Jindabyne and make daytrips to the powder. Equipment hire and lessons are all available at the snow resorts. For more need-to-know info before you strap on your skis or board, read on.

Visa Requirements

Australian residents can explore the Snowy Mountains and Australia in general with no limitations! For most international travellers though, a normal holiday visa (eVisitor) permits three months’ travel within Australia over a 12-month period. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local Australian embassy or consulate.


The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and other currencies fluctuates constantly so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For overseas visitors, consider using a credit or debit card or a travel money card for safe spending while you are in Australia. A Multi-currency Cash Passport™ is ideal for international travellers as they can hold a range of currencies, including Australian Dollars, and can be used like credit cards.


From casual café meals to gourmet degustation experiences, the Snowy Mountains has dining venues and dishes to cater for all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re after hearty European meals or imaginative modern Australian nosh, or even just a quick bite after a big day on the slopes, visitors can sample fare from cuisines as diverse as Lebanese, Thai, Chinese and Austrian. There are also plenty of food stores, delicatessens, supermarkets, patisseries and bakeries in the town areas to stock up on essentials and treats. A warm mulled wine, schnapps or hot chocolate by the fire is also a must!


The off-piste action at the New South Wales snowfields takes place in the bars, pubs and clubs of Thredbo, Jindabyne and Cooma, and in the ski resorts. In Thredbo, those in the know head to the Aprés Bar at the Denman Hotel for a sophisticated vino in a cosy atmosphere, or warm your insides with schnapps and beer on tap at the boisterous and popular Schuss Bar and Swedish hot pool parties in the Alpine Hotel, or go to Jax Bar & Grill at Perisher Blue for cook-your-own steaks and views of the slopes. All Snowy Mountain ski resorts have bars and some also have nightclubs as well.