Getting to the Snowy Mountains

  • Driving: 2WD vehicles must carry snow chains from June to October
  • Bus services: All year and frequency increases in the snow season
  • Airports: Snowy Mountains in Cooma, Wagga Wagga and Canberra
  • Train and coach: Services to Tumut, Tumbarumba, Cooma and JIndabyne

Getting to the spectacular Snowy Mountains in southwest NSW is easy. You’ll find a range of options, including driving, bus services, train and coach services, plane and airport car rentals, or plane and airport transfers. Transport services increase in the snow season, from June to October.

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

Snowy Valley Way - Lake Jindabyne - Snowy Mountains

Driving: All 2WD vehicles must carry snow chains between the June and October long weekends, and some roads are closed in winter. Please read these alpine-driving safety tips before your journey. Charlotte Pass is snowbound in winter, with access by the over-snow transport from Perisher.

Airports: Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma is about 75 minutes’ drive from Thredbo, Perisher and Mount Selwyn. Wagga Wagga Airport in Wagga Wagga is 90 minutes from Tumut and Tumbarumba. Canberra Airport in Canberra is two hours from Jindabyne and 2.5 hours from Thredbo and Perisher.

Train and coach: NSW TrainLink rail and coach services between Sydney and Cooma, Jindabyne and Bombala, via Canberra. There are services between Sydney 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. Snowy Mountains Photography Weekends

    Friday 21 September 2018 to Sunday 17 February 2019 , Jindabyne

    Fill your viewfinder with stunning shots of Snowy Mountain landscapes, cascading rivers and streams, rugged countryside and majestic snowgums. Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa is excited to be offering Landscape Photography Weekends with …

    21 Sep - 17 Feb
  2. Oktoberfeast at Tumut River Brewing Co

    Friday 21 September 2018 to Saturday 06 October 2018 , Tumut

    The inaugural Tumut River Brewing Oktoberfest event creatively named "Oktoberfeast"! The event will see the main bar at the brewery transformed into a German style beer hall with Ciderfest founder and 110 percent Bavarian Harald Tietze as…

    21 Sep - 06 Oct
  3. Tumut River Brewing - Brewery Tours

    Saturday 22 September 2018 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 an…

    22 Sep - 28 Jul
  4. Dalgety Team Penning

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2018 , Dalgety

    The Dalgety Team Penning horse riding event is run by the Dalgety Show Society on the Saturday and is an event the whole family can enjoy. The Team Penning event involves a team of four riders, three of which must cut three head of catt…

    22 Sep
  5. First Tracks at Perisher

    Sunday 23 September 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018 , Perisher Valley

    First Tracks Mornings are a special Perisher experience, offering a limited number of resort guests the chance to access a selected area in beautiful Blue Cow riding the Ridge Quad chairlift before anyone else. First Tracks will run from Ju…

    23 Sep - 30 Sep