Getting to the Snowy Mountains

Kosciuszko National Park is home to Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, and snow resorts Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn Snow Resort. 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.

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

Driving

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, Perisher and Selwyn Snow Resort can be reached by car, whereas Charlotte Pass can only be accessed by the over-snow transport from Perisher. Please read these alpine-driving safety tips before your journey.

Guests arriving at Charlottes Pass via overnsnow transport

Airports

There are three airports servicing the Snowy Mountains. The closest is Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma, which is serviced by Regional Express (REX). It’s just over an hour’s drive from Thredbo and Perisher and 75 minutes’ drive from Mount Selwyn.

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. John Briscoe Art Award Exhibition

    Tuesday 21 May 2019 to Sunday 26 May 2019 , Cooma

    The John Briscoe Memorial Art Prize is the Monaro's most prestigious art award and is sponsored by the Briscoe family in memory of their father, a prominent Monaro artist. There are a variety of categories recognising the artistic talent…

    21 May - 26 May
  2. Tumut Farmers Markets

    Friday 24 May 2019 to Friday 30 August 2019 , Tumut

    Tumut Local Farmers Market is a weekly market each Friday outdoors at "The Connection", corner of Wynyard and Russell Streets, Tumut. Bringing the best in fresh produce from across the region to the community and visitors, their farmers…

    24 May - 30 Aug
  3. Tumut River Brewing - Brewery Tours

    Saturday 25 May 2019 to Sunday 28 July 2019 , Tumut

    See, smell and taste a craft beer manufacturing process in action. Tumut River Brewing Co offers two brewery tour options: Tour and Tasting includes interactive tour of the brewery beginning with overview of history, brewing process…

    25 May - 28 Jul
  4. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    Sunday 26 May 2019 to Sunday 24 November 2019 , Cooma

    Bredbo CWA Village Markets are held on the fourth Sunday of the month from 9am to 3pm in the Community Hall and grounds. The wide range of indoor and outdoor stalls has all manner of goods to buy. Local arts and crafts, woodwork, home…

    26 May - 24 Nov
  5. Peak MusicFestival

    Friday 07 June 2019 to Monday 10 June 2019 , Perisher Valley

    Join the party and kick off the winter season in style! Peak Music Festival kicks-off the start of the Perisher winter season on June Long Weekend with four days of cool music, snow, fun and laughter. Come and enjoy the experience with…

    07 Jun - 10 Jun