Snowy Mountains

Explore the high country from nearby Queanbeyan (a three hour scenic trip). The alpine National Parks system extends from the ACT into Victoria.

Discover beautiful alpine flowers, ski resorts, wild brumbies, fishing, trekking, horse riding, the snowy mountains hydro scheme and much more. Climb the highest mountain in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko during summer to experience the alpine flowers and endless views.

There’s something for every season: in winter, ski at top resorts including Thredbo, Perisher Blue and Mt Selwyn. In spring and summer, the snowmelt feeds streams superb for fishing. The lakes of the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme fill for watercraft. Bushwalks abound, with spectacular displays of wildflowers across the Main Range and Mt Kosciuszko walks from Charlotte Pass or Thredbo. Mountain bikers can experience the downhill and cross country trails.

Face the legend and fame of the Man from Snowy River; you may see a brumby (wild horse) or countless kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and birds. At the Yarrangobilly Caves, view stunning frozen waterfalls, limestone caves and underground pools.

The Monaro Highway from Queanbeyan will get you to the town of Cooma and then Jindabyne for the main alpine areas.

Accommodation is everywhere with resorts, luxury bed and breakfasts, backpackers and hostels and fantastic camping and caravan facilities.

Fast facts

The highest skifields in Australia, all within Kosciuszko National Park

Centred on the Snowy Mountains region and overshadowed by the 2,228 metre Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest peak.

The summit area of Mt Kosciuszko is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, boasting 20 species of plants that occur nowhere else in the world

Why go there

Pure mountain air, adventure activities, from winter sports to cycling, caving, rafting, kayaking and horse riding – plus bracing mountain walks – make your stay exhilarating. Mt Kosciuszko looks down on sub-alpine snowgum woodlands and tall forests of alpine ash and mountain gum.

In winter go night skiing, downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing. All resorts cater for novices, families and experienced skiers.

In summer ‘the Snowies’ are perfect for a touring holiday, perhaps staying in a bed-and-breakfast. Take in historic country towns, mountain flowers, grazing wallabies and grand scenery.

Don’t miss

Fishing for trout in mountain streams, crisp lakes and deep dams (fishing licence required).

Hiking to Kosciuszko peak, past glacial lakes with breathtaking views of the valleys and ranges that make up one of the world’s unique and most scenically dramatic ecosystems.

Tasting cool-climate wines in Tumbarumba, home to many of Australia’s best sparkling wines made from pinot noir and chardonnay.

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