Getting to Snowy Mountains
Best of the Snowys
Kosciuszko National Park's alpine environment makes it a popular, year-round destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. In summer, spring and autumn, adventurers head to the region to go hiking, kayaking and mountain-biking. In winter, it's popular with downhill and cross-country skiers and boarders who head to Thredbo, Perisher, and Selwyn snowfields, all located within the park.
Getting to the Snowy Mountains
It’s easy to get to the Snowy Mountains by car, coach and train. During the snow season, from June to October, the region is at its most popular, so make your transport and accommodation plans ahead of travel.
Jindabyne, the closest town to Kosciuszko National Park, is an excellent base for exploring the region. The town is a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney, and an additional 40 minutes to Thredbo and Perisher. Plenty of bus and coach services operate between the town and the snowfields.
From Melbourne, Thredbo is about seven hours by car. Check with Live Traffic NSW before setting off, as sections of the road can be closed due to weather conditions.
Tumut is the northern gateway to the Snowy Mountains, with regular CountryLink rail/coach services from Sydney and Melbourne. It’s an easy one hour’s drive from here 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.
Regular flights and intercity trains connect 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.
Alpine touring is very popular along the Kosciuszko Alpine Way and the Snowy Valleys Way. Note that special regulations apply in winter within Kosciuszko National Park. 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 at Transport for NSW.
Skitube to Perisher
The Skitube is a convenient 10 minute train ride connecting Bullocks Flat with Perisher Valley and Blue Cow Mountain. Travel between Perisher and Blue Cow is free with any valid mountain pass. The Skitube runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Base yourself at Jindabyne
Jindabye is a great base for a holiday in the Snowy Mountains. Tucked on the edge of Lake Jindabye in the foothills of the mountains, this beautiful town is less than an hour's drive or coach ride to the ski resorts of Charlotte Pass, Perisher and Thredbo.