Perisher in Summer
In warmer months Perisher changes from the Southern Hemisphere’s largest ski resort to a tranquil base for bushwalking and mountain biking in beautiful Kosciuszko National Park. This lovely area of the NSW Snowy Mountains includes Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega.
A range of accommodation options is available in Perisher to suit various budgets. Perisher Valley is near Charlotte Pass, where the exhilarating Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk to the top of Australia’s highest mountain begins. The best time to walk to Australia’s rooftop is December through March.
You’ll discover many more great walking tracks in the fresh mountain air, from alpine trails in the UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve to paths through summer wildflowers, snow gums and striking rock formations. Some of these scenic trails are used for mountain biking as well.
The Porcupine Walk winds from Perisher Valley Reservoir through snow grass and snow gums to Porcupine Rocks, huge granite boulders where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Thredbo Valley and beyond. You can also pedal on your mountain bike from Perisher Valley to nearby Charlotte Pass.
Fishing is popular too in the high country, with pristine waters from melting snow caps flowing each spring into rivers and lakes teeming with jumping trout. The crystal-clear waters of the Snowy, Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers meet in Lake Jindabyne, which is a short drive east from Perisher.
You can join memorable adventure tours in the Snowy Mountains, including fishing, hiking, kayaking and horseriding. Treat yourself to delicious experiences too, from craft breweries and wine tasting in the nearby Jindabyne region to a delightful picnic spot on an alpine walking trail with great views.