Snowy Mountains

The Great Dividing Range between the New South Wales and Victoria border is home to the famous Snowy Mountains or Snowies as they are also known. The Snowy Mountains are situated within Kosciuszko National Park where you will find Mt. Kosciuszko, the highest summit on Australia's mainland.

For more than 20,000 years the Snowy Mountains were home to a number of Aboriginal groups with a unique way of life. The high country was first settled in earnest by European stockmen, graziers and landholders in the early 1800s. This endeavour, immortalised in Banjo Paterson's poem 'The Man from Snowy River' created a myth that has become part of Australia's identity.

Snowy Mountains, New South WalesToday it's a significant tourism destination that attracts a lot of visitors each year for recreation and relaxation activities and to explore the rich history and landscape. The region is fantastic in the summer months with the staging of many major events and festivals. The area is also the perfect base for a natural adventure or to enjoy activities in a spectacular mountain environment.

Snowy Mountains, New South WalesThis area attracts people for its summer bushwalking, horse riding and wildflowers as well as for its winter skiing season. White-water rafting is also popular on the Murray River which marks the border of New South Wales and the Kosciuszko National Park. There is a range of accommodation within the Snowy Mounatins.

Cooma ChurchTravelling to the Snowy Mountains from the east and you will pass through Cooma, which hosts a huge Hydro-electric scheme in the Snowy Mountains. West of Cooma is Jindabyne, a modern town situated on the edge of Lake Jindabyne. There are several water activities in the lake during the summer. There are also walking and activity tours into the Snowy Mountains from here. Accommodation is very popular in this area so book in advance. You can also try the letting agencies during the ski season which often rent out lodges.

Skiing, Snowy MoutainsThe ski season runs from June to October although the best time for snow seems to be from July to September. You can never guarantee the weather, but don't worry the ski resorts have purchased snow making equipment so visitors won't be disappointed. Whether you enjoy skiing or snowboarding the resorts offer both, as well as equipment hire.

Skiing, Snowy MountainsThe main skiing resorts are Perisher/Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Thredbo, with several smaller resorts at Charlotte Pass, Guthega and Mt Selwyn. A range of skiing is available for beginner to advanced skiers.

There are a range of cross country trails which are very popular to explore, including Grey Mare Range, Kiandra to Kosciuszko and Thredbo or Charlotte Pass to MT Kosciuszko. The Perisher Valley also hosts cross country racing, while mountain climbers head to the cliffs around Blue Lake.

Charlotte Pass is a small and isolated resort at the base of MT Kosciuszko, which offers a great day pass including transport, lift pass and lunch. For beginners and families then Mt. Selwyn is a good place to go.

Featured Snowy Mountains Activities and Tours

Perisher Valley Hotel Early Season 2 Night Package
from $428.00

The Perisher Valley Hotel Early Season 2 Night Package includes two nights accommodation at the Perisher Valley Hotel during the early snow season between 11th June 2012 to 19th June 2012. This pa...

2 Day Snow Weekend Package to Perisher
from $269.00

Spend an action packed weekend at the Snowy Valley Resort as you hit the slopes! With a coach to and from accommodation, you need only focus on the skiing and snowboarding at acclaimed Australian snow...

Perisher Valley Hotel Holiday Season 3 Night Package
from $738.00

The Perisher Valley Hotel Holiday Season 3 Night Package includes three nights accommodation at the Perisher Valley Hotel during the holiday seasons between 20th June 2012 to 26th June 2012 and 29th A...

3 Day Snow Package to Perisher
from $339.00

Enjoy three days of snow filled fun on this inclusive coach tour to the Snowy Valley Resort in Jindabyne. With transport from Sydney or Canberra and shuttles up and down the mountain each day included...

Lodge 21 Early/Late Season 5 Night Package
from $40.00

The Lodge 21 Early/Late Season 5 Night Package includes five nights accommodation at Lodge 21 during the Early/Late season between 11th June 2012 to 24th June 2012 and from 19 September to End of Seas...

Perisher Valley Hotel Early Season 7 Night Package
from $1274.00

The Perisher Valley Hotel Early Season 7 Night Package includes seven nights accommodation at the Perisher Valley Hotel during the early snow season between 11th June 2012 to 19th June 2012. This ...

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