The Ultimate Family Guide to the Snowy Mountains

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The sun has officially set on summer but instead of wallowing in the SADS, there’s no better time to put the wheels in motion and organise the perfect family-friendly winter getaway to the Snowy Mountains. The time-consuming admin involved in researching a ski holiday can often put a pin in plans so we’ve pulled together a comprehensive guide to take the guesswork out for you, covering all things Snowy Mountains and Snowy Mountain accommodation. Now all you’ll have to do is decide which pair of fetching thermal underwear to pack for your holiday!

Where Are the Snowy Mountains & How to Get There

The Snowy Mountains are in NSW, edging on the Victorian border and part of the Great Dividing Range which sprawls along the east coast of Australia. Home to the tallest mountain in the country, Mt Kosciuszko, the Snowy Mountains has long been a popular destination for thrillseekers, mountaineers, and the apres-ski lovers amongst us. 

Snowy Mountains
Known as the Australian Alps, the Snowy Mountains are a must-visit region of the country.


There are a number of ways to get to the main ski resorts in Thredbo and Perisher depending on which mode of transport takes your fancy. 

There are three surrounding airports:

  • Snowy Mountains Airport, 1-hour drive to the ski resorts.
  • Canberra Airport, 2.5-hour drive to the ski resorts.
  • Wagga Wagga Airport, 3.5-hour drive to the ski resorts.

If you’re coming from Sydney your best bet might be to pack the family into the car, make sure the iPads are fully charged and choof off down the M31 for the 6-hour journey.

Snowy Mountains Weather 

Snowy Mountains weather
Winter is the best time to make the most of the snow-capped Snowy Mountains.


Given the lush bushland surrounds, the Snowy Mountains are beautiful year-round but to make the most of the snowy peaks, you can’t go past visiting in winter. Thanks to  Australia’s tropically-influenced climate we aren’t blessed with lengthy snow seasons, and this year things will officially kick off in Perisher and Thredbo on Saturday 12th June and will end Monday 4th October. However, you’ll find the best snow during the peak months of July and August—so if you’re planning on heading during the July school holidays we suggest booking sooner rather than later!

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Best Things to do in the Snowy Mountains

Skiing & Snowboarding

The main event! You really can’t travel to the Snowy Mountains without popping on a ski boot or strapping on the Snowboard and swishing down the slope. We might never truly get to the bottom of which ski resort is better - Perisher or Thredbo? Both have their advantages. Many will say Perisher is the most skiable location with more runs and lifts, and others will argue that Thredbo has a better atmosphere with plenty of options for dining and activities. Prices for lift passes start at $10 per day for kids under 4 and go up to $169 per day for adults - our hot tip is to get online and purchase them well in advance to avoid missing out.

Merritts Gondola

Snowy Mountains Merritts Gondola
Soak up the view on the ever-memorable Merritts Gondola.


One of the best ways to take in the full scope of the dramatic valley is to take a ride on the newly updated high-speed, 8-person Merritts Gondola. Fly above the slopes and once at the top, you can enjoy a traditional Bavarian meal with all the après trimmings at Merritts Mountain House.

Rock Creek Snowshoe Track

If you’d like to swap out the skis one day, then why not consider strapping on a pair of snowshoes and explore the wonders of Rock Creek in the Kosciuszko National Park. The 3km loop is considered easy enough for beginners to navigate with signs and yellow markers leading you through untouched snow and back to Perisher Village.

Snowy Mountains Accommodation: The Best Resorts for Families

Thredbo

1. Thredbo Alpine Hotel

Stay For: beautiful wood-panelled rooms and great atmosphere right in the heart of Thredbo.

Cost: Peak Season Loft rooms start at $530 per night.

2. Boali Lodge

Stay For: a modern take on lodging accommodation, fully catered with 3 meals a day and a kids room.

Cost: Peak Season Adults $280, Children Under 14 $180 and Infants $10 per night.

3. Fire Dreaming

Fire Dreaming Snowy Mountains
A winter wonderland awaits at the beautiful Fire Dreaming in Thredbo.


Stay For: living like a European heiress in this bougie 5-bedroom Colorado style ski chalet featuring an outdoor spa and open wall rock fireplace.

Cost: Peak Season approx $2,000 per night.

Perisher

1. The Man From Snowy River Hotel

Stay For: Perisher’s largest hotel with an iconic name to fit the grand status of the property and their evening kids club.

Cost: Peak Season Family Suites approx $1,700 per night including breakfast.

2. Mountain View Chalet at Heidi’s

Stay For: a humble six-sleeper self-contained apartment right at the foot of popular ski run Smiggins.

Cost: Peak Season starts at $780 per night

3. Boonoona Ski Lodge

Stay For: a picturesque lodge that looks like it was plucked from the mountains of Austria. Extra perks - kids lounge and unbridled views of the slopes.

Cost: Peak Season 2 night packages start at $750

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