Top Snowy Mountains Attractions
Obviously wintersports is the main drawcard and must-do activity during Australia’s snow season in the Snowy Mountains. Take your pick of the four resort areas within the massive Kosciuszko National Park: head to the southern hemisphere’s largest resort of Perisher, Thredbo for the longest run, Australia’s highest resort at Charlotte Pass, or the family friendly Selwyn Snowfields. As one of Australia’s winter playgrounds, skiers and snowboarders have plenty of choice and terrain to enjoy in the Snowies including night-skiing, downhill and cross-country skiing and boarding.
Not keen on freezing your tush on the slopes? Those lured by the snow but not the sport can try snowshoeing, tobogganing, tube riding, horseriding and hiking in the alpine environment, jump aboard a night-time grooming tour, or warm yourself inside by an open fire with a hot bevvy, satisfying comfort food and check out the passing snow traffic. There’s the Thredbo Ski Museum to get to know Australia’s winter spot history, or marvel at the wintry scenery and glacial lakes with a drive along the Alpine Way, enjoy the charm of the region’s alpine villages of Jindabyne, Tumbarumba and Tumut and simply breathe in the fresh mountain air.
The fun and sights don’t stop once the snow melts. The Snowies is a great destination to visit in the summer months too. Lake Jindabyne is ideal for watersports from canoeing and kayaking to fly-fishing, not to mention adrenalin-fuelled activities like wakeboarding, kiteboarding, white water rafting, tube riding and sailboarding. The warmer weather also offers the ideal conditions to hike to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, go mountain biking in the high country, horse trekking through ‘Man from Snowy River’ territory or try abseiling and climbing.
Want more? Here are our top five picks for places to go in the Snowies.
Australia’s highest peak Mt Kosciuszko is a sight to behold in both winter and summer seasons. Located in the expansive Kosciuszko National Park in southern New South Wales, head to the resorts for snow and hike to the peak in summer.
Basecamp to the Snowy Mountains, the charming alpine village atmosphere of Jindabyne is a great gateway for skiing and snowboarding daytrippers to the resorts with affordable accommodation and heaps of after-hours and summer activities.
Australia’s biggest winter resort, Perisher, encompasses seven mountain peaks, four snow resorts and 50 lifts for ample access to the white stuff. Add snow-making facilities to the list and you’ve got your wintersports and ski holiday sorted.
Boasting Australia’s longest run and heaps of terrain parks for boarders, snow bunnies and powder hounds are amply catered for at Thredbo. Renowned for its party atmosphere, Thredbo is also open for summer shenanigans too.
Completely snowbound in winter and only accessibly on-snow, Charlotte Pass is Australia’s smallest and highest ski resort. Come summer, the Pass provides access to amazing views and the hike up Australia’s highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko.