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.

Snowboarder enjoying the view at Perisher in the NSW Snowy Mountains

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.

Woman skiing in Perisher in the NSW Snowy Mountains

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Thredbo Snow Series: Rail Jam

    Friday 29 June 2018 , Thredbo

    The Thredbo Snow Series is back. With a tonne of cash and prizes as well as the overall Snow Series title, there is a category for everyone. First stop, the Rails event at the new location of Cruiser Terrain Park. Grab your skis or snowboar…

    29 Jun
  2. First Tracks at Perisher

    Sunday 01 July 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…

    01 Jul - 30 Sep
  3. NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships

    Tuesday 10 July 2018 to Saturday 21 July 2018 , Thredbo

    The Interschools Snowsports Championships encourages students of all abilities and levels to compete for their school in a competitive snowsports competition. Students can compete in up to seven snow sports disciplines for skiers and snowb…

    10 Jul - 21 Jul
  4. Torah Bright Mini Shred

    Sunday 15 July 2018 , Thredbo

    Calling all groms! Come and ride with Torah Bright and her friends as they coach you through the terrain park. Suitable for skiers and boarders of an intermediate level of riding or above, join Torah and friends in the Friday Flat Terrain P…

    15 Jul
  5. Redlands Cup

    Monday 16 July 2018 , Thredbo

    Racers Ready? The annual Redlands Cup is on this winter. With schools from around Australia going head to head, it’s the perfect warm-up for Interschool's.…

    16 Jul
  6. Thredbo Uni Week

    Sunday 22 July 2018 to Friday 27 July 2018 , Thredbo

    Brain sore? Exams Done? Ready to let loose? Thredbo’s got you covered! Enjoy one amazing week of skiing, snowboarding and non-stop partying. They understand it’s tough times in the saving money department whilst studying so they're offerin…

    22 Jul - 27 Jul