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Snowy Peaks

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Dustination ·last year

This is a suggested 3 days 2 nights with a few bonus trips for your best experience for sightseeing and activities in the snowy region of NSW, and a side note for your trip to Hotham if you reside in Victoria. You are welcome to tweak them to suit your time and interests

General tips

+ This guide is for self-drive only. The drives could range from 1h to 8h. Better to travel with friends so you can take turn to help each other drive.

+ Be well-prepared with clothing gears, best to get yourself a good set of snow jackets, pants, shoes, and snow gloves. There are plenty of shops in and near the mountain, which we can list below for you to choose.

+ Essential Gears:

- 4WD vehicle if possible or 2WD with the must of snow chain.

- Snow gloves

- Waterproof boots/shoes

- Snowy jacket if possible with thermal layers

- Skiing equipment: bring along your ski equipment if you have them or if not, you can hire them at a local shop in Jindabyne to enjoy a day out skiing playing with snow up to the mountain.

+ Accommodation: This guide will be based in and around Jindabyne, the central hub of the snowy mountain. You can organise your accommodation and base here to explore the surrounding areas. A few more affordable options below:

- Motels in Cooma and Berridale, 65km before Jindabyne, so expect to drive a bit more if you do choose. This town has plenty of facilities, shops, and restaurants, very suitable for groups.

- Dalgety has Snowy river caravan park that could offer a very affordable rate. Of course, expect a longer time to travel to the mountain.

- If you feel adventurous and have enough gears, there are nice camping ground includes Thredbo Diggings and Island Bench.

+ Best time to visit: you can enjoy the mountain pretty much all year round. But of course, if it has snow, it is better! The optimum time for snow coverage is from July to the end of August.

(Please note, due to Covid, availability and restriction in the national park may apply, please check with the National Park before you go)

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Sydney to Cooma

It is a 5.5h drive so make sure you time yourself and don’t arrive too late. It is a cruisy drive and you can pass by Canberra for a quick sightseeing. The best thing is to start from the morning at 8 am and stop at many as you can for photos or rest.

Sydney

Sydney NSW, Australia

Lunch & Renting gears in Cooma/ Berridale

On the way from Canberra to Jindabyne, you will pass Cooma, it is a nice big town in the Snowy Monaro region with many shops to pack up before Jindabyne. Plus you will have more options to rent out your clothes, as Jindy might get busy! Make sure you stop by KFC for a quick snack and toilet break. You have another 45m to reach Jindabyne.

Cooma

Cooma NSW 2630, Australia

Cooma to Jindabyne

From Cooma to Jindabyne is another 45 drive. Jindabyne is a nice quaint little town which most of people book their accommodation here, it has a big lake which could be nice to have an explore around when you arrive. Plenty of options for dinner, our favorite shop is Banjo Banterson, you could order pub’s food, beer and a great vibe. Or if you feel like cooking, Woolies is just around the corner.

- A good night in your accommodation to wind down after a long day of traveling, a sip of whisky is recommended to have a warm night's sleep, getting prepared for the next days of explorations.

Jindabyne

Jindabyne NSW 2627, Australia

Jindabyne to Perisher

- The drive is approximately 45 minutes but Perisher is a very popular destination so traffic could be worst even at 8 am and could be impossible to find parking at 10 am. Best to get yourself up early and start driving, we prefer 1 hour before sunrise but if you can’t make it, we recommend 6.30 am is a good time.

- Perisher is famous for its ski resort, many snow lovers, snowboarder alike. For the 2020 season, any snow play activities will be prohibited. You can only ski and snowboard and tickets must be booked in advance. Or simply just have a good walk around and enjoy the scenery.

- The ski resort is mostly for advanced or experienced skiers. It is recommended that you choose to have lessons if you are a beginner. Besides, it has spectacular scenery, lots of views on the way for who wants to take pictures.

Perisher Ski Resort

Kosciuszko Rd, Perisher Valley NSW 2624, Aust...
4.5 rating

Side trip to Guthega

- We can suggest Guthega as a side trip. From here you can have a 360 view of the backcountry landscape, a very unique and powerful place to get out of the crowds. Driving time can be fluctuated depending on weather conditions. It can be easier to access during all year round even there are a lot of twists and turns, but it can be harder in the Wintertime as the road can be icy on the surface. It can be quite slippery and dangerous, so make sure, if possible, go with a 4WD or carry on snow chains for a 2WD vehicle.

- Diving time can be fluctuated depending on weather conditions. It can be easier to access during all year round even there are a lot of twists and turns, but it can be harder in the Wintertime as the road can be icy on the surface. It can be quite slippery and dangerous, so make sure, if possible, go with a 4WD or carry on a snow chain for a 2WD vehicle.

Guthega

Guthega, Kosciuszko National Park NSW 2627, A...

Watching the sky full of stars

- After a great day playing in the ski field, you can come back and have a good stroll around Jindabyne village, have a nice dinner with your mates and a relaxing evening by the lake of Jindabyne. Or if you are like us, feeling a bit more adventurous, then Anglers Reach is for you

- It is around 1h30m of drive from Jindabyne, here to watch a clear sky full of stars and encounter the magnificent milky way. Angler reach is a small village located on the shore of Lake Eucumbene which is popular as a holiday destination for trout fishing in NSW.

- If you are lucky enough when the sky is clear you can enjoy a sky full of stars and make sure to light up the campfire to stay warm because it can get really cold. If you decide to do this trip, make sure you have enough fuel, gear, energy, and drive with friends because the way back to Jindabyne is long and could be dangerous. Be very cautious on the road as there will be kangaroos and wombats which you may tackle on the high way. We chose the place as just for our personal interest, so this will be an optional trip if you like a bit of a night adventure.

Anglers Reach

Anglers Reach NSW 2629, Australia

Jindabyne to Thredbo

Thredbo is another popular ski resort in the mountain and worth spending a day to check it out. A short 45m drive from Jindabyne is another winter wonderland with a little Alpine village, best for those who want to enjoy a warm coffee or sit inside a restaurant to appreciate the snowy landscape. The ski field is not as big as Perisher but Thredbo definitely has its own charming character. Parking is very limited so make sure you start early to beat the crowds!

Thredbo

Thredbo NSW 2625, Australia

Skiing, snowboarding or Sightseeing

Thredbo is a wonderful places for people who loves snowsports such as ski or snowboarding. But if you don’t ski or snowboard. You will have the option of purchasing a lift ticket to get up to the top, enjoy food and drink in Eagle’s Nest, the highest restaurant in NSW. Here you can enjoy 360 views towards the magnificent landscape of mount Kosciusko.

Thredbo

Thredbo NSW 2625, Australia

Sightseeing

If you still have a bit of time to explore, make sure you check out Dead Horse Gap, a little further away from Thredbo, here you can step out of the crowds and have more space to play in the snow for yourself. Enjoy a picnic day by the creek with your group of friends or family is ideal.

Dead Horse Gap

Dead Horse Gap, Kosciuszko NSW 2627, Australi...
4.7 rating

Optional Route: Mount Hotham

- If you drive from Victoria, the best resort is mount Hotham, approximately 380km from Melbourne and a good scenic 4.30h drive

- Hotham is known for its unique settings of the village and the mountain. The village is actually on top of everything and you can have a vantage point to pretty much everywhere from your accommodation. What could be better to sip a beer with mates and enjoy a 360 view of the mountain, not to mention an epic sunset is waiting for you?

- Because of its unique setting, you will be able to ski right from the village down to the valley and come back up via lift. Mount Hotham is also known for its side country skiing and snowboarding, its very easy to get lost so please be aware and know where you are going. Warning: for thrill seeker only.

- Make sure you check out Bright, a lovely village before you arrive to mount Hotham. If you are on a budget, Bright could be you base point. From here you can explore both Falls Creek and Hotham.

- If you do drive from Sydney to Hotham, prepare your day to go as early as you can because it is a very long journey. The road to Hotham village can be quite icy and dangerous. Make sure access with 4WD is best or carry on snow chain for 2WD vehicle.

Mount Hotham

Mount Hotham, Hotham Heights VIC 3741, Austra...
4.5 rating

Bonus Routes: From Jindabyne to Selwyn

131 km, 1h37m driving. Unfortunately, this year Selwyn ski resort is closed due to the impact of bush fire, but if you guys have a chance to visit the place, make sure to check it out when it’s winter as the road can be interesting with diverse landscapes and the ski resort is a friendly ski place for beginners and family with kids. Access with 4WD is best or carry on snow chain for 2WD.

Selwyn Snow Resort

213A Kings Cross Rd, Cabramurra NSW 2629, Aus...
4.1 rating

Sydney to Jindabyne

- It is a 5.5h drive so make sure you time yourself and don’t arrive too late. It is a cruisy drive and you can pass by Canberra for a quick sightseeing. The best thing is to start from the morning at 8 am and stop at many as you can for photos or rest.

- On the way from Canberra to Jindabyne, you will pass Cooma, it is a nice big town in the Snowy Monaro region with many shops to pack up before Jindabyne. Plus you will have more options to rent out your clothes, as Jindy might get busy! Make sure you stop by KFC for a quick snack and toilet break. You have another 45m to reach Jindabyne.

(Tip: stop by Rhythm in Cooma or Alrberg Ski centre in Berridale, for a wide range of rental gears, items of clothing and ski rental here are normally cheaper and suitable for big groups, suitable place to get well prepared before bracing the cold in the mountain)

- Jindabyne is a nice quaint little town and has a lake which could be nice to have an explore around when you arrive. Plenty of options for dinner, our favorite shop is Banjo Banterson, you could order pub’s food, beer and a great vibe. Or if you feel like cooking, Woolies is just around the corner.

- A good night in your accommodation to wind down after a long day of traveling, a sip of whisky is recommended to have a warm night's sleep, getting prepared for the next days of explorations.

Jindabyne

Jindabyne NSW 2627, Australia
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