Getting to the Snowy Mountains

Kosciuszko National Park is home to Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, and snow resorts Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass. Surrounding the park are charming towns, with Tumbarumba in the west, Tumut in the north, and Jindabyne and Cooma in the east.

There are a number of ways to get to the Snowy Mountains, with increased services throughout the snow season from June to October. Please note that for the 2020 ski season you will require a pre-purchased lift ticket to access the ski resorts or a pass from NPWS to participate in backcountry activities.

Poplar trees lining a country road running through scenic Tumut in the Snowy Valleys


It’s easy to drive to the snowy mountains, with a good road network serving the surrounding areas. Upon reaching the Kosciuszko National Park you will be required to pay vehicle fees and all 2WD vehicles must carry snow chains between the June and October long weekends.

Thredbo and Perisher can be reached by car, whereas Charlotte Pass can only be accessed by the over-snow transport from Perisher. Be aware that you can experience some unique conditions while driving in the Snowy Mountains. Please read these alpine-driving safety tips before your journey.

Guests arriving at Charlottes Pass via overnsnow transport


There are three airports servicing the Snowy Mountains. The closest is Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma, which is serviced by QantasLink during the ski season. It’s just over an hour’s drive from Thredbo and Perisher, and there are regular shuttle transfers.

Wagga Wagga Airport in Wagga Wagga is approximately 70 minutes from Tumut and Tumbarumba, and Canberra Airport in Canberra is two hours from Jindabyne, and 2.5 hours from Thredbo and Perisher. Driving times can vary depending on snow conditions.

Exterior view of Thredbo Village, Thredbo

Train and Coach

There are a variety of coach operators with services from Sydney and Canberra to Jindabyne, Thredbo and Perisher. NSW TrainLink rail and coach services operate between Sydney and Cooma, Jindabyne and Bombala, via Canberra, and Tumut and Tumbarumba too, via Cootamundra. From Melbourne, take a train to Bairnsdale for a coach to Bombala and Cooma.