Where to Find Snow in Australia
With the chilly winter mornings and the return of fireplaces and heating, one thing has been made abundantly clear; winter is coming.
However, what’s winter without a little snow?
While snow is something not overly available in Australia, there are some areas in the Southern regions waiting to satisfy your snowy, white winter needs. The temperatures dropping, the jackets are coming out of storage and snow is on our mind – thank goodness there is a specially curated list of the best places to enjoy snow in Australia right here!
New South Wales
One of the goldie oldies, Thredbo offers skiing and snowboarding for all levels of ability (and inability) for all ages. The restaurants and bars are plentiful both off and on the mountain, and along with the luxury accommodation, it’s an easily accessible snow destination, located in southern NSW, just under 6 hours by car from Sydney and 3 hours from Canberra.
Perisher is relatively new, established in 1995, and is inclusive of the facilities from Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Mount Blue Cow, Guthega, The Station and the Skitube alpine railway. There are 47 lifts, a range of ski runs, extensive cross-country skiing trails and Tube Town, a snow-tubing park.
Mt Hotham is a mountain in the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range, located 357kms from Melbourne. The ski resort is made up of the alpine village, 320 hectares of snow fields, complete with downhill runs, cross country trails, jumps and terrain parks, plus ski-in, ski-out accommodation and 13 lifts.
Falls Creek is an alpine ski resort in the Hume region in North-eastern Victoria, around 350kms from Melbourne. Being Victoria’s largest alpine resort, Falls Creek boasts 65kms of cross-country and downhill skiing and boarding and terrain parks. Falls Creek is fondly known as the spiritual home of cross country skiing, so get your skis ready.
Staying at Ben Lomond, which is 60 minutes out of Launceston, is guaranteed to be a remote, but unforgettable holiday. Ben Lomond, while remote, has picturesque views, at 1,453 metres, being the highest visitable area in Tasmania. For kids there’s snow man building, snow basketball and toboggans, while the runs off the mountain are ideal for beginner to intermediate users.
Cradle Mountain in Lake St Clair National Park (4 hours drive from Hobart) is home to the famous Overland Track and is part of the Wilderness World Heritage Area. While snow does fall here, skiing isn’t allowed – but that doesn’t mean it should be skipped. As beautiful as it is famous, the winter wonderland has plenty to do including walks, helicopter rides and canyon exploring.
To the snow-obsessed, enjoy and have fun exploring these winter wonderlands. To those who may prefer the warmer months, snuggle a bit closer to the heater. To all our HB’ers, stay warm and keep on winter-ing.