1 March 2018
See a different side of the Snowy Mountains on a summer trip to the Snowies! Although skiing and snowboarding is what the region is usually known for, there’s lots more to explore in the simply stunning region. From natural attractions like Mount Koscuiszko and Lake Jindabyne to vineyards and trout farms, you won’t be stuck for things to do in the beautiful Snowy Mountains.
Check out some exciting things to do in the Snowy Mountains that aren’t skiing and bring the whole family along on a Snowy summer holiday.
Enjoy a scenic tour of the serene Lake Crackenback and explore a wide range of fun activities and things to do. Discover the Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and enjoy a day of pampering, take advantage of the sauna, or simply take a good book and a picnic basket to the banks of the lake and take in the stunning sights of the mountainous setting and Kosciuszko National Park. Lake Crackenback is also the perfect spot to try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, and a range of fishing activities including fly-fishing and trout fishing.
Take on Australia’s tallest mountain! Head to Koscuiszko National Park to discover scenic vistas from the summit of the country’s highest peak. Start your journey at the Koscuiszko Express Chairlift and pass the crashing waters of the Snowy River, before looking over the serene Lake Cootapatamba and Rawsons Pass. You can also find a number of other exciting bushwalks and hiking opportunities in the park, including Pallaibo Walking Track and more.
The Snowy Mountains is the ideal spot for mountain biking enthusiasts, with a range of tracks full of twists and turns to get your heart racing. The Thredbo Valley Track is 17 km long and can be ridden in either direction. The track runs from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo. The famous track is sought after by cyclists and offers truly beautiful views, passing snow gum woodland and picturesque Thredbo River valleys. If you’re not big on cycling, the track is also suitable for walking. Cyclists are reminded to give way to pedestrians.
The funnest way to get around, book a nearby Segway tour and experience an unforgettable eco tour of the Snowy Mountains. An exciting experience for all ages, Segways are purpose-built to traverse a wide range of terrain including mud, rocks, logs, hills and more making it easy to enjoy all year round! Learn how to keep your balance and explore the stunning scenery. Don’t forget to look out for local wildlife on your tour, and check out the cascading alpine streams and lakes.
Located within Kosciuszko National Park, Yarrangobilly Caves is a must-see for anyone visiting the Snowy Mountains. Explore the mesmerising limestone cave system and see ancient stalagmites and stalactites and interesting cave formations. Take a guided tour or enjoy a self-guided walk through the caves. Don’t miss your opportunity to take a dip in the pristine thermal pools in the area after your tour! Heated by thermal springs, the pool stays a temperate 27 degrees throughout the year, and is a scenic spot to relax after some cave exploring.
Up for more hiking adventures? Take a stroll along the Bombala River Walk and enjoy fresh flowers in bloom along the banks during spring and the golden brown falling leaves throughout autumn. Keep an eye out for native animals – cute platypus are regularly spotted along the river walk! Stop off at the Bombala Platypus Reserve to learn more about this super shy species.
After a packed itinerary of adventure, take some time to enjoy the delicious local produce on offer in the region. Head to Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery to blow off some steam with some award-winning schnapps and gin-infused creations, check out Kosciuszko Brewery to sample some tasty local craft beer, or spend the afternoon along the banks of the Snowy Mountains at the Snowy Vineyard Estate & Microbrewery to discover a plethora of tasty wines from the coldest climate vineyard in the country.
Make an evening of it at Nest Cinema Cafe & Books and enjoy a movie and a meal in a retro setting, or make a day of it at the Eucumbene Trout Farm, a family-friendly farm where you can learn more about the wonders of trout fishing and enjoy a freshly caught trout specially prepared for you on-site.
The Snowy Mountains has many beautiful heritage sites and historic buildings to uncover. Head to Delegate to see one of the first Early Settlers Huts and discover more about the region’s past at the Delegate History Museum, or take a trip to Bombala to catch a glimpse of the Bombala Historic Railway and see the famous Lavender House in Railway Park. Be sure to check out the Eucumbene Dam, too.