With the chilly winter mornings and the return of fireplaces and heating, one thing has been made abundantly clear: winter is coming… and, with it, the beautiful and unexpected Australian snow season.
Does it snow in Australia? When you think of Australia, blue waters, sandy beaches and red desert might be what comes to mind. But, believe it or not, it does snow in some of the mountainous regions in the south of the country, usually between the months of June – August.
While snow is something not overly available in Australia, there are still plenty of stunning areas in the southern regions waiting to satisfy your snowy, white winter needs; with top snow resorts to be found in the Snowy Mountains, the Australian Alps and icy Tasmania.
Whether you are a skier, a snowboarder or simply after a winter getaway, there’s more places to see snow in Australia than you might think. The temperatures are dropping, the jackets are coming out of storage and snow is on our mind – so, thank goodness there is a specially curated list of the best places to enjoy snow in Australia right here!
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One of the golden oldies, Thredbo offers skiing and snowboarding for all levels of ability (and inability) for all ages. Plus, the restaurants and bars are plentiful both off and on the mountain, along with the countless luxury accommodation available. It’s an easily accessible snow destination, located in southern New South Wales, just under a six hour drive from Sydney and three hours from Canberra.
Best Restaurants in Thredbo: Kareela Hutte is a ski-in ski-out European à la carte restaurant in Thredbo with beautiful views of the valley. Alternatively, Eagles Nest is Australia’s highest restaurant with 270 degree views and a warming and delicious menu.
Where To Stay in Thredbo: Thredbo Alpine Hotel is located in the heart of Thredbo village and exudes charm, warmth and character to make your stay just that bit more cosy.
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Perisher is a relatively new ski resort established in 1995, and is inclusive of all 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.
Where to Eat in Perisher: The Guthega Alpine Inn boasts panoramic views of Mount Kosciuszko, Mount Twynam and Guthega Dam, with simple and delicious meals made from regional produce. Or, enjoy cocktails by the fireplace or a tempting snack at this family-owned and operated Base 1720 Bar and Restaurant.
Where to Stay in Perisher: The Man from Snowy River Hotel is a stunning hotel which offers a warm and cosy place to rest after a day on the slopes, with open fireplaces, two bars and a stunning glass wall in the dining area looking over the Front Valley.
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Mount Hotham is located in the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range, found 357 kilometres 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.
Where To Eat in Mount Hotham: Craft beer, great food and beautiful coffee: you can’t go wrong with a ski stop at The Bird.
Where To Stay in Mount Hotham: Zirky’s is an Austrian-inspired offering where you can stay in apartments or rooms with a fresh and modern feel.
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Falls Creek is an alpine ski resort in the Hume region in north-eastern Victoria, around four-and-a-half hours from Melbourne. Being Victoria’s largest alpine resort, Falls Creek boasts 65 kilometres 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.
Where To Eat in Falls Creek: Someplace Else is located in the heart of Falls Creek village and is a go-to spot for burgers, beers and martinis. Alternatively, Milch Cafe and Bar offers everything you could want, from coffee and home-baked cakes, to a sumptuous cocktail list and inclusive share platters.
Best Hotel in Falls Creek: Fjall is a boutique luxury with picturesque views over the Kiewa Valley and a true ski-in ski-out location
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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 and, at 1453 metres, is the highest visitable area in Tasmania. For kids there’s snowman building, snow basketball and toboggans, while the runs off the mountain are ideal for beginner to intermediate skiers.
Where To Eat in Ben Lomond: For the best food options, head into Launceston, where we recommend Stillwater Restaurant, offering brunches and degustation dinners in a historic mill. Alternatively, if you’re into your craft beer, look no further than Saint John Craft Beer Bar in Launceston, with 14 taps of the finest Tasmanian, Australian and International craft beers.
Accommodation near Ben Lomond: To make the most of your Tassie escape, we recommend staying at Brickendon Estate, with world heritage listed historic cottages to transport you into a whole new realm.
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Cradle Mountain in Lake St Clair National Park (four hour 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 overlooked. As beautiful as it is famous, the winter wonderland has plenty to do including walks, helicopter rides and canyon exploring.
Best Restaurant near Cradle Mountain: Hellyers Road Distillery Cafe is deceiving by name but this distillery not only offers whisky walks for fans of the tipple, but it’s cafe boasts a menu of delicious hot food and sophisticated plates.
Or, The Tavern Bar and Bistro is a warm rustic inn offering lunch, dinner and an impressive drinks list for a well-deserved social drink.
Where to Stay Near Cradle Mountain: This wildlife-filled hotel, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge offers accommodation as close to nature as you can get, with stunning views, and a great starting point for walkers.
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.
Want to discover more wintery retreats? Read our ultimate travel guide to New South Wales’ Snowy Mountains, or, if love is in the air, discover the most romantic holiday ideas across Australia.