Snow isn’t the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of Australia, but the Snowy Mountains is a true-blue Aussie winter wonderland. This southern region of New South Wales displays stunning mountains and historically noted towns and landmarks.
Of these, one of the most well-known is Mount Kosciuszko, mentioned in Australian bush poet, A. B. Paterson’s poem, The Man from Snowy River. The mountain itself is Australia’s highest at an impressive 2,228 metres above sea level, located in the Kosciuszko National Park. Accommodation and restaurants close to Mount Kosciuszko are best sought out in Thredbo or further north in Crackenback.
If skiing in Thredbo or trekking mountains don’t take your fancy, towards the north-west of the region is Tumut. The picturesque town marked the boundaries of three separate Aboriginal tribes and is located on the banks of the Tumut River. Travelling along the Monaro Highway will find you in Cooma, where you must stop to take a photo at Mt Gladstone lookout. Wherever you are in the Snowy Mountains, you’ll be in awe of your view.
Now, how to get to the Snowy Mountains. Many adventure travel charters offer ski tours from Sydney to the Mt. Kosciuszko area. They can provide transport, ski equipment and even arrange accommodation. The official snow season starts in early June and end around the start of October, so be sure to get in early to book your plans.
For those looking to make your own journey, the Snowy Mountains are around 5-and-a-half-hours drive from Sydney or 2 hours and 40 minutes from Canberra. You’ll need snow tyres between June and October, if you’re driving yourself, or you can take one of the bus services. There are also airports in Cooma, Wagga Wagga and Canberra if you’re travelling from out of state or overseas. Oh, and there’s also the train and coach stations to Tumut, Tumbarumba, Cooma and Jindabyne. So you have plenty of options to choose from.