Most national parks in NSW are currently open. However, in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak the National Parks and Wildlife Service has closed all campgrounds, and most visitor centres, cafes and high traffic areas. Please check the NPWS website before undertaking any travel.
Snowy Mountains in Summer
Discover an adventure wonderland in the magnificent NSW Snowy Mountains. From hiking to the summit of Australia’s highest peak and fly fishing in the warmer months, to soaring above the mountains on a scenic helicopter flight, and skiing and snowboarding in winter, there are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy throughout the year.
Horse riding in the Snowy Mountains
Whether you’re an experienced rider or it’s your first time, the high country offers fantastic horse riding. You can take a one hour ride or a full or multi-day trek, where you’ll be camping under the bright stars at night and swapping yarns around a campfire.
Hiking and mountain biking in the Snowy Mountains
After the snow melts, a network of mountain biking and bushwalking tracks is revealed. 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. There are guided walking tours too, including multi-day hiking and camping trips.
Head up the mountain with your bike on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift and then race back down on the Thredbo Downhill Bike Run. You can hire bikes at Lake Crackenback Resort, which offers a day pass to access over 18km of mountain bike tracks.
Fishing in the Snowy Mountains
You can fish all year in well-stocked waterways such as Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene. 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.
Snowy Mountains food and drink
From wineries producing cool climate wines to freshly caught fish from the lakes and rivers, you’ll find a variety of delicious food and drink experiences in the Snowy Mountains. Festivals take place throughout the year and include Batlow Apple Blossom Festival and Tumbarumba Tastebuds in October and the Kosciuszko Craft Beer Festival in Thredbo in February.