Winter is the time to grab the ski gear, bundle up the family and head for the snowfields.
Meander through the NSW Snowy Mountains via the scenic and breathtaking Kosciusko Alpine Way, the serpentine trail through this natural wonderland. Exploring the Snowy Region is fantastic family fun all year round and in Winter, you don’t have to be a dedicated snow bunny to take advantage of the variety of adventure activities available.
Skiing In The Snowies
Lake Jindabyne is a popular base when touring the Snowy region. From here you can take a walk along the Bullocks Track or throw a fishing line on the banks of the Thredbo River. Make your way to Thredbo and spend a day or two on the ski slopes and in the warmer months enjoy hiking the Kosciuszko National Park. Khancoban is a pretty lakeside village where you can book into the Queen’s Cottage, built specially for Her Majesty on her visit to open the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme.
The Australian ski season runs from June to October and all resorts offer great family friendly holiday options and activities.
NSW’s ski resorts offer attractions to suit all tastes from charming villages (Thredbo, Falls Creek) to extensive ski areas (Perisher) and smaller resorts perfect for day trips (Charlotte Pass, Selwyn Snowfields).
The four unique ski resorts in NSW are all located within the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains, south-west of Sydney.
Thredbo, one of the largest resorts, offers steep, forested slopes and is renowned for its apres-ski action while Australia’s largest ski area, Perisher, has a huge inter-connected web of runs, lifts and on-snow activities.
A favourite with families and club skiers is Charlotte Pass, one of the smallest of the NSW snowfields. It’s also Australia’s highest resort which means it’s snowbound most of the year, while Selwyn Snowfields offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with great value for families.
With a choice of transport from and Adelaide, accessing the snowfields of NSW is easy.
The closest airports to the NSW snowfields are the Snowy Mountains Airport at Cooma and Canberra Airport in the ACT.
Qantas and Virgin Blue offer regular flights from major Australian cities to Canberra Airport with coach transfers available to the snowfields. Canberra Airport is a 2 hour drive from Jindabyne, the gateway to the NSW snowfields. All major car hire operators have facilities at Canberra Airport.
Aeropelican operates from Sydney to Snowy Mountains Airport and Snowy Mountains Airport Shuttles meet every flight for transport to Jindabyne, the Alpine Way, Thredbo and Perisher.
There are two options for travelling by road – either by driving or taking a coach from Sydney, Canberra, Cooma or Jindabyne.
Jindabyne is located 460 kilometres south-west of Sydney – allow five and a half hours for the whole journey if travelling by road.