Looking to experience Australia’s snow this winter and beyond? Chilly winter mornings, crackling fireplaces and beautiful natural blue hues mean just one thing…
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. And with that, the top snow resorts can 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 or some travel inspiration, there’s more places to see snow in Australia than you might think. With the temperatures dropping, the jackets coming out of storage and snow on our mind – we’ve put together a specially curated guide of the six best places to enjoy and experience snow in Australia!
The Top Places for Snow in New South Wales
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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.
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 establishment, 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 floor-to-ceiling glass wall in the dining area looking over the Front Valley.
The Top Places for Snow in Victoria
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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: If you’re looking for craft beer, great food and beautiful coffee, you can’t go wrong with a ski stop at The Bird. Here you can start your day with their famous Bird Burger and recharge in the evening with a charcuterie board and some mulled wine.
Where to Stay in Mount Hotham: Zirkys 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 snow lovers looking for a bite to eat, 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.
The Top Places for Snow in Tasmania
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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.
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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.
Where to Eat in Cradle Mountain: Hellyers Road Distillery Cafe is deceiving by name, but this distillery not only offers whisky walks for fans of the tipple, but its cafe boasts a menu of delicious hot food and sophisticated plates. Otherwise, The Tavern Bar and Bistro is a warm rustic inn offering lunch, dinner and an impressive drinks list for a well-deserved drink after a day of keeping yourself busy with activities.
Where to Stay in 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.
Want to discover more wintery retreats? Read our ultimate travel guide to Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. And before you pack the bags, be sure to keep our Ultimate Road Trip Planner for Hobart to Cradle Mountain handy. And if love is in the air, discover the 6 Most Romantic Destinations around Australia in 2021.
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