7 Incredible Snowy Mountains Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Sam Rainbow

1. Head To The Snow!

The obvious choice for many who visit the Snowy Mountains is to explore the famous ski fields. You can choose to do this based out of a ski resort or to make day trips from any of the surrounding campsites and caravan parks. The three ski resorts – Thredbo, Perisher, and Charlotte Pass – each have their own attractions.

Thredbo is a thriving little village as well as a ski resort and is abuzz with cafes and attractions year-round.

Perisher has 47 lifts, a wide range of ski runs and terrain parks, as well as a network of extensive cross-country skiing trails and a snow-tubing park. During June, a 4-day music festival livens up the slopes.

Charlotte Pass is a great place to ski with the kids, a full range of beginners to advance runs provide an option for skiers of all ages and skill levels – even night skiing for those who are game!

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2. Hike The Snowies

There are many options for multiday hikes, as well as shorter options from most campsites and holiday parks throughout the region. There are a vast array of difficulty levels and lengths to appeal to any hiker, and trails to enjoy even if you don’t normally hike. Home to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, the Kosciuszko National Park is a great place to start, and it is good for exploring from December to March.

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3. Visit The Wineries and Breweries

Boasting an impressive number of incredible wineries, the Snowy Mountains produce some excellent cold climate wines. Several of the Tumbarumba wine region wineries offer cellar door wine tastings and a few offer a menu to go along with it. Bushfires decimated much of this area in early 2020 so check with the wineries before you go exploring, and go and support as many as you can. Obsession Wines is one such place; a spectacular spot at 850m elevation.

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4. 4WD Adventure

The Snowies are famous for the fantastic off-roading opportunities throughout the region. Whether you want to plan your own trip and enjoy a series of day trips from individual campsites or plan a more extensive and intense trip, the Snowy Mountains have something for you. To get you started, check out the Broken Cart Trail, Paddy’s River Dam or Port Philip Trail.

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5. Take A Scenic Drive

The Snowy Mountains have a view around every corner, and the drives between each major town are both beautiful and not too taxing. Plan out a route and enjoy a day exploring some of the smaller places, perhaps stopping at cellar doors or roadside stalls.

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6. Go On A Horse Riding Adventure

There are many chances for those wild at heart – whether they’re 5 or 50 – to live out those Man from Snowy River dreams. Get in touch with one of the many horse-riding tours and see if they have options appropriate for your kids ages and take a day (or a multi-day trek if you’re adventurous and experienced) on horseback to experience the Snowy Mountains as people have for generations.

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7. Take A two-wheeled horse…

If the idea of riding horses doesn’t appeal, a similar experience can be had on mountain bike. Summer is a fantastic time to explore the Snowy Mountain scenery, the wildflowers and native fauna make every expedition into the bush a treat. Try Thredbo’s Mountain Bike Parks (which open in November) and the purpose-built trails at Lake Crackenback Resort.

Or, if peddling up and down mountains isn’t your idea of fun, shorter (and flatter) rides around Lake Jindabyne can be an awesome and active day out.

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