Following recent bushfire activity in NSW, many national parks remain closed or have restricted access. Visit the NSW National Parks & Wildlife website before undertaking any travel to check which areas are open. A total fire ban is also in place across most national parks.
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, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega.
Hiking and mountain biking
You’ll discover 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.
The Porcupine Walk winds from Perisher Valley Reservoir through snow grass and snow gums to The Porcupines, huge granite boulders where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Thredbo Valley and beyond.
Ride the relaxed 4km ride around Perisher village or take the more challenging 20km return ride from Perisher to Charlotte Pass, where you can bike and hike up Mount Kosciuszko. Mountain bikes can be ride as far as Rawson Pass, where there are bike stands and you can walk the 1.4km to Australia’s rooftop.
Pristine waters from melting snow caps flow 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.
Perisher food and drink
Treat yourself to delicious experiences, from craft breweries and wine tasting in the nearby Jindabyne region to a delightful picnic spot on an alpine walking trail with great views. Head to the Banjo Paterson Inn for a taste of Kosciuszko Brewing Company Pale Ale and a brewery tour.
Perisher in Winter
The Perisher Ski Resort is spectacular. There are 47 lifts, an array of ski runs and terrain parks and extensive cross-country skiing trails across the four ski areas; Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega.
Perisher skiing and snowboarding
The largest snow resort in the Southern Hemisphere is great for all levels, from beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. There are five progressive terrain parks for skiers and boarders of all levels, and two half-pipes for aerial tricks.
Night skiing and snowboarding are popular, too. Epic Australia Pass holders and kids with a valid day ticket can night ski and board for free. You can also take a guided backcountry tour and explore the beautiful terrain.
Before your off-piste or backcountry adventure, please read these alpine safety tips carefully.
Perisher events and restaurants
The official snow season kicks off in early June with the Perisher Peak Festival, a four-day music festival featuring Australian and international acts. You’ll also find a delicious range of restaurants, cafes and bars with mountain vistas, such as the vibrant Overflow Bar and the charming White Spider.
In the magnificent Kosciuszko National Park, you’ll find an enticing range of accommodations options, including convenient ski-in ski-out chalets. Alternatively, stay in the Jindabyne and Cooma areas and travel by car or the Skitube alpine railway.