The Snowy Mountains brings an allure of epic views and cozy ski town resorts, home to the highest mountain range in Australia and Mount Kosciuszko. In the winter months watch the snow resorts come to life with Perisher, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Mount Selwyn to name a few. The season runs from June to October, during the Australian winter.
The Snowy Mountains offers an indulgent experience for wine lovers and foodies, and the region is known for its pinot noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wines. The cool-climate brings delicacies that will tantalise your tastebuds, with cellar doors, fresh seafood and truffles as part of the local produce on offer.
There’s certainly no shortage of natural attractions in the area with the Yarrangobilly Caves made up of limestone structures, Bombala Platypus Reserve for a close up on Australia’s cute native wildlife or for total tranquillity, Lake Jindabyne or Lake Eucumbene. Learn more about Australia’s wilderness with the Wiradjuri Aboriginal Culture tour for a fascinating insight into Australian animals and history.
Beyond the snow, the Snowy Mountains offers a variety of scenic walks and pristine mountain waters to explore. As the snow begins to melt, tracks reveal, and the season for mountain biking and bushwalking starts. And of course, you couldn’t leave without conquering Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain. The summit walk will talk to you to the top with panoramic views across the land. Preferred months to explore are from December to March (summer), and you’ll have the choice of two starting points, Thredbo or Charlotte Pass. Each walk varies in distance with a couple of difference between them. From Thredbo, take a scenic ride on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to begin your adventure; a 13km return walk, which will take about four to five hours depending on your pace. Along the way watch the track wind above the crystal clear waters of Lake Cootapatamba, Australia’s highest lake. For something a little longer, begin the walk from Charlotte Pass, which is an 18.6km return walk and about 6 to 8 hours. The weather can change quickly on the mountain so make sure you arrive well equipped and do your research beforehand. On the way, look out for wombats, wallabies and echidnas, native to the Snowy Mountains area.
Getting around the area is quite easy with most visitors opting to arrive by car. If you choose to fly, you’ll need to take a one-hour regional flight from Sydney. Otherwise, drive directly into the Snowy Mountains and enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way. Note that 2WD vehicles will need to be equipped with snow chains from June to October and beware of the vehicle fee for those using the Kosciuszko National Park. Entry stations are accessed from the main road, and prices vary seasonally from $16 to $27. You’ll also have a choice of train or coach services available if you prefer to sit back and let someone else do the driving. In the snow season, transport services increase due to high demand too.