Kosciuszko National Park
In the snow season a pristine white blanket falls on the Kosciuszko National Park, home to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. The four ski resorts - Perisher Valley, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and the Selwyn Snow Resort – are all inside the beautiful national park, the largest in New South Wales.
The winter wonderland of the Snowy Mountains is perfect for skiing, snowboarding and other fun snow activities. You can even enjoy night skiing under the Milky Way’s twinkling stars. And beginners will be thrilled to weave down the slopes after only a little tuition from instructors on the snowfields.
The longest ski runs in Australia are in Thredbo. The easiest way to get to some of the runs is to hop on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, which is nearly 2km long. From the bottom to the top, the scenic ride takes 15 minutes and rises 560 metres to the closest access point to ascend Mount Kosciuszko.
The summit tracks to Australia’s rooftop are generally snowbound from June to October, and there are no snow poles marking the routes. Experienced alpine adventurers can reach the top on cross-country skis or snowshoes. You can join a guided K7 Adventures tour to the summit, which stands 2,228 metres.
Before an off-piste adventure, please read these alpine safety tips carefully. Other adventures include cross-country skiing in the white wilderness dotted with majestic snow gums. Around the Perisher Valley there are uncrowded cross-country ski trails – both marked and backcountry trails.
At the northern end of the national park is the Yarrangobilly Caves, which are filled with wondrous formations. The limestone dates back 440 million years. Bring your swimmers, as nearby you can take a rejuvenating dip in a thermal pool of naturally heated spring waters rising from the depths.
You’ll find accommodation options to suit various budgets, from a youth hostel to hotels, inns, apartments, lodges and chalets. Alternatively, you can stay outside the park in the surrounding areas of Jindabyne, Cooma, Tumut and Tumbarumba. If you’re driving, please read these snow-driving safety tips.