Your year-round guide to the Snowy Mountains
As the name Snowy Mountains rightly suggests, Australia’s high country is a winter wonderland for skiers and snowboarders. Located in South Eastern NSW, the Snowy Mountains are the tallest mountain range on the mainland and includes Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko.
Kosciuszko National Park, which is where you’ll find all New South Wales ski resorts, is a six-hour drive from Melbourne, five hours from Sydney and two from Canberra. If you’re driving in a 2WD vehicle during winter, you will need snow chains, however you can also take a regional flight into Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma).
Whichever way you get there, an awe-inspiring array of alpine scenery awaits, with rocky granite outcrops, dry eucalypt forests, caves, glacial lakes and crystal-clear rivers and streams alive with trout, all part of the many photos you’ll want to take.
The Snowy Mountains region includes surrounding towns Jindabyne, Berridale and Cooma to the east, Bombala and Delegate in the south, and Adaminaby and Tumut in the north.
While a hot spot in winter, when the snow melts there’s also mountain biking, bush walking, horse riding, kayaking, rafting and fly fishing as outdoor adventure options, plus plenty of cellar doors, craft breweries and restaurants strategically placed for optimum views, making the Snowy Mountains a year-round destination.