16 June 2014
The Snowy Mountains are at their brightest and whitest during the winter months. Home to the breathtaking Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest region is certainly not short on breathtaking views. Gaze at spectacular mountain views from the ski lift or marvel upon the mountain range from base town Jindabyne.
Whether you’re carving down the slopes, dining at a cozy restaurant or enjoying a mug of hot chocolate by the fireplace, NSW’s Snowy Mountains region is Australia’s ultimate winter playground and is perfect setting for an adventure during the winter school holidays.
From June -August each year the Snowy Mountains’ ski resorts take the centre stage, hosting skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing each day of the week. Grab a family lift pass at one of the many outstanding ski fields, all located within Kosciuszko National Park, and try out the beginner, intermediate or expert runs at NSW’s premier winter sports hubs.
If you’re new to skiing, enjoy the slower pace of Charlotte’s Pass and Selwyn Snowfields. For a wide range of slopes of different level and skill, Thredbo and Perisher boast the region’s biggest resort facilities.
Not all the action takes place in Kosciuszko National Park. Jindabyne is one of the biggest adventure base camps for the Snowy Mountains, famous for its trout fishing, hiking and water sports. Resting on the edge of Lake Jindabyne, the snow town is full of things to see and do from meandering bushwalks around the water’s edge to a cluster of restaurants and bars to explore when the sun goes down.
For something high energy off the snowfields, saddle up on one of Jindabyne’s snowy wilderness tours and horse ride through the region’s breathtaking terrain and mountainous backdrop.
If you’re using Jindabyne as base for travel within the Snowy Mountains, Thredbo, Perisher, Selwyn Snowfields and Charlotte Pass are only a short drive away, and the town hosts a number of ski hire options within town.
Set amongst a magical mountain backdrop, Cooma is the largest town in the Snowy Mountains and boasts a fantastic range of accommodation and restaurant options suitable for families. The quaint locale enjoys sweeping views of the snow-capped mountains and Monaro Plains. With a slower pace than the nearby ski hubs, Cooma is brimming with history, colourful locals and quaint specialty stores.
After a long day of skiing, why not enjoy the snowy ambience of one of Australia’s highest mountain range? The Snowy Mountains is packed full of cosy wine bars, family restaurants and hot chocolate spots. If the snow slopes are not for you, there’s no reason why you can’t still enjoy yourself in the vibrant winter holiday region.