A small village located within Kosciuszko National Park, Smiggin Holes is perched 1,680 metres above sea level. Located within a protected snow bowl, it is one of four villages within the Perisher Ski Resort, which is the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere.
Skiing and snowboarding
Smiggin Holes (known as ‘Smiggins’) is widely regarded as one of the best beginners' ski resorts on the Australian snowfields. The snow bowl is relatively sheltered, which means it often misses out on the harsher weather experienced across the wider Snowy Mountains.
The sheltered, moderate conditions make it a great place for kids to learn how to ski and snowboard, while also catering for all levels of ability. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are available for both children and adults.
The family-friendly resort is easy to get to from the neighbouring ski areas of Perisher, Guthega and Blue Cow. There are also two cross-country skiing trails nearby to explore; a 2 km beginner trail, and a 4 km beginner/intermediate trail, where you can enjoy wilderness areas at your own pace.
Hiking and bushwalking
Bushwalking and hiking is a popular activity in the warmer months. The Mount Piper Trail has a snowshoe trail during snow season but it’s also a nice, easy walk out of season. The track is about 5 km long and takes less than three hours to complete.
For a shorter walk, try the 3km Aqueduct Hut Trail, or for a more challenging journey, the 14km Pipers Creek Trail. There are also guided bushwalks which pass through the area.