Discover an adventure wonderland in the magnificent NSW Snowy Mountains, from a summit walk to Australia’s highest peak and fly fishing in pristine mountain waters in warmer months, to skiing and snowboarding in colder months. You’ll enjoy delicious experiences too, such as wine tasting.
After the snow melts, a network of mountain biking and bushwalking tracks is revealed. Horseriding is popular too in the high country, portrayed in Banjo Paterson’s 1890 poem The Man from Snowy River as where ‘the hills are twice as steep’ and the ‘air is clear as crystal’, and this holds true today.
The best time for exploring the alpine walking tracks is December through March. Two paths wind to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, starting at Thredbo or Charlotte Pass. You can also explore a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve and stroll through pretty wildflowers and majestic snow gum forests.
Kosciuszko National Park is home to the snow resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Mount Selwyn. Inside Yarrangobilly Caves are beautiful limestone structures. There are many more wonderful natural attractions, including the Tuross Falls and a special platypus reserve in Bombala.
You can fish all year in some well-stocked waterways such as Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene, both part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that creates hydro-electricity. You’ll learn about the scheme at the Snowy Mountains Hydro Discovery Centre.
From Tumbarumba in the west to Tumut in the north to Jindabyne and Cooma in the east, you’ll find beautiful scenery, intriguing heritage and marvellous events. You’ll relish the Boggy Creek Show and thrilling rodeo, and country fairs and fun festivals, such as Tumbafest and the Batlow CiderFest.
The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival in spring is open to all recreational anglers. You can admire the 10-metre high Big Trout, one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’, in Adaminaby. There are exhilarating outdoor adventure tours as well, including whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Snowy River.
The Snowy Mountains in Winter
Enjoy the best skiing and snowboarding in the magnificent Snowy Mountains of NSW, home to Australia’s highest peak. The adventure wonderland is brimming with fun experiences, from thrilling downhill runs on pristine snow to music festivals, wine tasting, fascinating heritage and much more.
The snow season is usually from early June to early October. In the spectacular Kosciuszko National Park is the towering Mount Kosciuszko, wonderful slopes and terrain parks for beginners to advance skiers and snowboarders, exhilarating cross-country skiing trails, as well as the four snow resorts:
- Perisher, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest snow resort
- Thredbo, home to Australia’s longest ski runs
- Charlotte Pass, the highest snow resort in Australia
- Selwyn Snow Resort, popular with families and beginners
You’ll be thrilled with the great range of snow activities, including skiing, snow tubing, tobogganing and snowshoeing. You can even enjoy night skiing under the star-studded sky. The freestyle skiing is superb, with the jumps, boxes, rails and pipes in the terrain parks designed for different skill levels.
All the ski resorts offer lessons for beginners, including kids. For adventurers, amazing tours such as K7 Adventures, Alpine Access and Snow Safety will take you beyond the resorts into the backcountry of breathtaking natural beauty, from snow-gum forests to glacial lakes and rugged mountain ranges.
There are fun events such as the Cross Country Ski Week in Perisher and exciting competitions like the Thredbo Snow Series. Away from the ski runs you’ll find plenty of marvellous things to do and see. Enjoy the best in après ski, with cosy fireside bars, delicious places to eat and great shopping.
Check out the exciting events calendar for festivals, markets and shows. The Perisher Peak Festival is a four-day music festival in early June and celebrates the official opening of the snow season. The Snowtunes Music Festival, on the shores of Lake Jindabyne, is held over two days from late August.
You can explore the ancient Yarrangobilly Caves and swim nearby in a naturally heated thermal pool surrounded by snow. Horseriding is another wonderful year-round activity. Fishing is popular all year, too, in some of the well-stock waterways such as Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene.
There are elegant wineries to visit, as well as craft breweries such as the Wildbrumby Distillery & Cafe. You’ll find accommodation at the snow resorts and in the nearby towns in the enchanting areas of Jindabyne, Cooma, Tumut and Tumbarumba.and a schnapps distillery, the