Getting to the Snowy Mountains
It’s easy to get to the Snowy Mountains by car, coach and train. If you’re driving the 450 km from Sydney, take the Kosciuszko Alpine Way for spectacular mountain views between Jindabyne and Khancoban. The scenic Snowy Valleys Way passes through the historic towns of Gundagai, Tumut and Tumbarumba.
Jindabyne, the closest town to Kosciuszko National Park, is an excellent base for exploring the region. Plenty of bus and coach services operate between the town and the snowfields, and there’s also the Skitube, a train that runs from Bullocks Flat through Ramshead range, into the Kosciuszko National Park and onto Perisher Valley and Blue Cow Mountain.
Tumut is known as the northern gateway to the Snowy Mountains, with regular NSWTrainLink rail and coach from Canberra via Jindabyne services running from Sydney and Melbourne. It’s an easy hour’s drive from Tumut 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.
A number of regular ski bus services run from Sydney, Brisbane, and Canberra to Perisher and Thredbo. There are also regular flights and intercity trains connecting 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.
In the warmer months, bushwalking, horseriding and mountain biking are popular pastimes. Climb the Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk and enjoy breathtaking views of the valleys and ranges from Australia’s tallest peak. Fishing for salmon and trout in the region’s clear streams, lakes and rivers is also popular; make sure you obtain a fishing license or go with a registered guide.
Snow season runs from early June to early October, which is peak season in the mountains, so make sure you plant your transport and accommodation well in advance. 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 from Live Traffic NSW.