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The Snowy Mountains provide the ultimate outdoor escape - a true lure for nature lovers year-round.
Discover rural Australian culture with the wide variety of music, sports, art, wine, and food events held in the Snowy Mountains throughout the year.
A rich cultural heritage that's helped shape the Australian identity, the Snowy Mountains are untameable high country dotted with charming townships. This is a very large area, even in Australian terms; Kosciuszko National Park itself covers almost 700,000 hectares, so allow time to explore the townships in this beautiful terrain.
Home to beautiful alpine wilderness, the Snowy Mountains present a stunning vista of rivers, mountains, valleys and glacial lakes. Enjoy great skiing and snowboarding in the cooler months, and bushwalking, mountain biking, horseriding and fishing in the warmer months.
Tackling the mountains at any time of the year can work up an appetite. Whether you're seeking a casual bite or a gourmet experience, the Snowy Mountains' villages and towns offer tempting delights to suit a wide range of budgets and tastes.
From ski gear and chic boutiques to cool-climate wines and fishing equipment, shopping in the Snowy Mountains is easy. You'll find what you need to enjoy the glorious mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes - stunning whatever the season.
The Snowy Mountains are easy to access by road, air and coach. With such a vast area covering so many spectacular natural attractions, take your time and explore the beauty of the splendid region and enjoy the many outdoor adventures.

Getting to the Snowy Mountains

A number of regular ski bus services run from Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, to Perisher and Thredbo. From Perisher, travellers take a short trip on over-snow transport to Charlotte Pass. Jindabyne, the closest town to Kosciuszko National Park, is an excellent base for exploring the region. The town is a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney, and an additional 40 minutes to Thredbo and Perisher. Plenty of bus and coach services operate between the town and the snowfields. Tumut is the northern gateway to the Snowy Mountains, with regular NSW Trainlink rail/coach services from Sydney and Melbourne. It’s an easy one hour’s drive from here to the Selwyn Snowfields. As there is no accommodation on this part of the mountain, many people choose to stay in the nearby townships of Adaminaby or Talbingo, a short 30- to 40-minute drive from the slopes. Regular flights and intercity trains connect Canberra with other major cities. From Canberra airport and major city bus terminals, frequent winter bus services make the two-and-a-half-hour journey to Perisher and Thredbo. Alpine touring is very popular along the Kosciuszko Alpine Way and the Snowy Valleys Way. Note that special regulations apply in winter within Kosciuszko National Park. If you’re driving a two-wheel-drive vehicle, you must carry snow chains from the June long weekend to the October long weekend. Be sure to check the Bureau of Meteorology weather reports for the Snowy Mountains before setting off.

By Car

Most people travel to the region by car as this is the most flexible and rewarding way of exploring the mountains with its diverse and spectacular scenery. • The Snowy Mountains region is well-served by a network of good roads: the Alpine Way runs from Jindabyne to Khancoban; the Snowy Mountains Highway between Tumut and Cooma; the Monaro Highway runs south from Canberra; and the Elliot Way runs from Tumbarumba to Cabramurra. All these routes pass through beautiful landscapes. • From Sydney it's an easy six-hour drive down the Hume Expressway. Before reaching Yass, turn left for Canberra/Cooma and follow the signs to Cooma. (This is a 460 km drive). Upon leaving Cooma, there is an option of taking the Kosciuszko Road to Jindabyne, Thredbo and Perisher Valley, or taking the Snowy Mountains Highway to Adaminaby and on into the northern end of the Kosciuszko National Park. • There is a fee for vehicles using Kosciuszko National Park, with stations on three of the main roads entering the park. Summer day passes are $A17 per vehicle, winter day passes are $A29. • Some minor roads may be unsuitable for caravans and hire cars. Always check road conditions before departure by calling the traffic hotline on 132 701. • It's compulsory to carry properly fitting snow chains if you are driving a two-wheel-drive vehicle from the June long weekend until the October long weekend on the following roads: Kosciuszko Road from the park boundary at Thredbo River; the Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin; and the Island Bend/Guthega Road for its full length.

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