The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Getting to Snowy Mountains
Kosciuszko National Park
In the heart of the Snowy Mountains, Kosciuszko National Park's dramatic alpine scenery makes it a popular destination for lovers of the great outdoors, whatever the season. Head to ‘The Snowies’ for bushwalking, kayaking, fishing and mountain biking. In winter, downhill and cross-country skiers and snowboarders flock to Thredbo, Perisher, and Selwyn snowfields.
Jindabyne, the closest town to Kosciuszko National Park, is an excellent base for exploring the region. Plenty of bus and coach services operate between the town and the snowfields, and there’s also the Skitube, a train that runs from Bullocks Flat through Ramshead range, into the Kosciuszko National Park and onto Perisher Valley and Blue Cow Mountain.
Tumut is known as the northern gateway to the Snowy Mountains, with regular NSWTrainLink rail and coach services running from Sydney and Melbourne. It’s an easy hour’s drive from Tumut to the Selwyn Snowfields. As there is no accommodation on this part of the mountain, many people choose to stay in the nearby townships of Adaminaby or Talbingo, a short 30 to 40 minute drive from the slopes.
A number of regular ski bus services run from Sydney, Brisbane, and Canberra to Perisher and Thredbo. There are also regular flights and intercity trains connecting Canberra with other major cities. From Canberra airport and major city bus terminals, frequent winter bus services make the two-and-a-half-hour journey to Perisher and Thredbo.
In the warmer months, bushwalking, horseriding and mountain biking are popular pastimes. Climb the Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk and enjoy breathtaking views of the valleys and ranges from Australia’s tallest peak. Fishing for salmon and trout in the region’s clear streams, lakes and rivers is also popular; make sure you obtain a fishing license or go with a registered guide.
Snow season runs from early June to early October, which is peak season in the mountains, so make sure you plant your transport and accommodation well in advance. If you’re driving a two-wheel-drive vehicle, you must carry snow chains from the June long weekend to the October long weekend. Be sure to check the Bureau of Meteorology weather reports for the Snowy Mountains before setting off, as well as traveller information from Live Traffic NSW.
Fly into Snowy Mountains Airport
The Snowy Mountains airport is located just 15km southwest of Cooma. Flying to and from the Snowy Mountains is the fastest way to enjoy everything the region has to offer, from skiing the best slopes in the country, to enjoying spectacular scenery, nature and bushwalking in the warmer months. Flights between Sydney Airport and the Snowy Mountains Airport are operated by Rex Regional Express, which has a fleet of 34-seater Saab 340 aircrafts.
Fly in to Snowy Mountains Airport if you’re planning to visit Cooma, Berridale, Jindabyne, Adaminaby, Perisher Valley, Thredbo Village, Charlotte Pass, the Selwyn Snowfields or the surrounding towns and villages of the Snowy Mountains. Transfers to Jindabyne, Ski Tube, Perisher and Thredbo are available, and there is also a cafe and bar located in the airport.