The best places to enjoy snow in Australia

Ski, snowboard, and photograph Australia at its snow-filled best this winter. Tourism Australia has the lowdown on the best places to enjoy snow in Australia, and we have nearby accommodation to rest a weary head after an action-packed day.

Credit: Brett Hemmings/ Destination NSW

Winter in Australia is unique. While the sun shines on beaches in the north, it’s snow time down south. New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania are full of activities and adventures while snow is in abundance.

It’s the perfect time to slide down the slopes, take a walk through the pristine wilderness, and revel in the festivities that only a snowy winter brings.

The snow season comes alive at ski resorts across New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. If you’re keen to hit the slopes in New South Wales, be sure to check out Thredbo, Perisher, Jindabyne, Alpine Way, Charlotte Pass, Mt Selwyn as well as Canberra.

In Victoria, head to Mount Buller, Mount Stirling, Mount Hotham, Falls Creek, Lake Mountain, Mount Baw Baw, and Dinner Plain. Further south in Tasmania are the ski areas of Ben Lomond and Mount Mawson. 

Although all Australian ski fields have plenty to offer beginner skiers through to those more advanced, there is also a lot more to do without having to strap into skis and snowboards.

Spot the wildlife

Winter is a great chance to spot some of Australia’s native wildlife as they roam the land, even in these cooler conditions. Visitors can spot kangaroos jumping through the snow in Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales and wombats frolicking around Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks – Jindabyne for Kosciuszko National Park adventures; or Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain if heading to Tasmania.

Get among the snow in Victoria

Victoria is home to many tours that provide unique offerings in the snow. Visitors can experience Australia’s winter wonderland first-hand by building a snowman, riding a toboggan, or just to have a chance to get among the ice. Experience the snow from the comfort of a heated ex-Australian Army Land Rover with Tour of Duty Bright.

Alternatively Wildlife Tours has a one-day mountain tour to the Lake Mountain region, located only two hours from Melbourne. It visits the Stevenson Falls in Marysville, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and ice-creamery, and enjoys hot chocolate and coffee in the snow.

Where to stay: BIG4 Bright Holiday Park or nearby BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park; or one of three BIG4 parks in Melbourne.

Hiking at Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain’s snow-capped peaks are an impressive sight synonymous with winter in Tasmania. Adventure seekers can take in this view intimately by lacing up their hiking boots and setting foot on the Overland Track.

While the area is known year round for its scenic walks, witnessing winter in this part of Australia is unforgettable.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain.

Snowshoeing in Thredbo and Mount Kosciusko

Far beyond the ski fields and into the winter silence are snowshoe tours. Navigate through the thick, open, and icy terrain with your guides on specially made snow shoes.

Thredbo runs tours through their back country taking in the scenic surrounds, while K7 Kosciuszko Adventures runs tours through Mount Kosciusko, giving visitors the chance to set up picnic lunches on top of the Crackenback Range.

With no previous experience required, snowshoeing is the perfect activity if you don’t consider yourself a skier.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks – Jindabyne.

 

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