Backpacking the Snowy Mountains

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    THERE IS PLENTY OF GREAT PLACES FOR SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING: Photo - Shannon Pawsey, courtesy Perisher and Destination New South Wales
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    HAVE SOME ADRENALINE FUN AND GO WHITE-WATER RAFTING: Photo - Jon Armstrong, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    EXPLORE THE BREATHTAKING SCENERY: Photo - Paul Sinclair, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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Snowy Mountains Highlights

  • Hike to the top of Australia's tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, at 2,228 metres high and see some spectacular scenery of the surrounding alpine countryside.

  • In winter you can go downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, night skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing.

  • Other times of the year you can go mountain biking, caving, white-water rafting, kayaking, horse riding, abseiling, rock climbing, or see some absolutely spectacular scenery on one of the many bushwalking (hiking) tracks.

About the Snowy Mountains

The Snowy Mountains region starts close to Canberra and goes down to straddle the New South Wales and Victorian border. The highest ski fields in Australia are here, all within Kosciuszko National Park, where Australia's tallest mountain is located - Mount Kosciuszko at 2,228 metres high.

The park has year round adrenaline and adventure activities and attractions. In winter you can go downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, night skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing. Other times of the year you can go mountain biking, caving, white-water rafting, kayaking, horse riding, abseiling, rock climbing, or see some absolutely spectacular scenery on one of the many bushwalking (hiking) tracks.

Main towns and villages in the Snowy Mountains


Jindabyne

Population 4,400

Jindabyne is the main town in the region and is located on the shores of the man-made Lake Jindabyne. Visitors can swim and rent boats on the lake in summer and visit the ski fields 25 kilometres  away in winter.

Being the largest town in the region, you will find most services and facilities located here.

Thredbo

Population 3,000

This year round resort town is located right in the middle of the ski fields at the base of Mount Crackenback.

It is not only home to the longest ski runs in Australia, but it is also an entertainment centre with many great events year round and considered by many to be the country's premier ski resort.

Unlike most other ski resorts in the Snowy Mountains, Thredbo does not close down in the off-peak season and there are plenty of summer activities to keep visitors occupied such as the luge style ride, the Thredbo Bobsled, mountain biking, bushwalking up Australia's highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, or fly fishing for trout in the Thredbo River.

Perisher Blue

Population 1,800

Dominated by the 2,054 metre Mount Perisher with its stunning alpine scenery, Perisher Blue is the regions other premier resort with lots to do all year round.

Perisher Blue combines four resorts; Perisher Valley, Smiggins, Blue Cow and Guthega. There are over 50 ski lifts available and more than 100 km of cross country skiing tracks, along with a variety of accommodation types, great nightlife and good places to eat.

There are many things to do here a part from the great skiing. These include taking a ride on the 8.5 kilometre long Skitube, a Swiss-design rack-rail railway system, which runs from Bullocks Flat to Perisher and Blue Cow.

You can do a bushwalk (hike) to the top of the Porcupine Track for a spectacular view of the region.

In spring you can admire the alpine flowers that blanket the mountains, or heighten your adrenaline with some mountain biking.

Charlotte Pass

Population 600

At 1,760 metres above sea level, this is Australia's highest village and is also the closest village to Mount Kosciuszko.

From here you can cross-country ski some of the most scenic parts of the alpine High Country. You can also do some night skiing on Kangaroo Ridge, or do one of the downhill runs, which cater for all levels of skiers.

In summer you can take the walking track through Kosciuszko National Park up to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko.

Orientation Map for the Snowy Mountains


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Snowy Region Visitor Centre

Kosciuszko Road
Jindabyne, New South Wales
Phone (02) 6450 5600
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