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Snowy Mountains - New South Wales - Australia. More than just a Winter Ski Holiday!
When travelling to the Snowy Mountains it is important to realise that this is geographically a very large area and distances between towns and attractions are measured in time taken to travel there rather than by kilometers. Here is a basic overview of the major towns in the region and the distances between them.
Gateway to the Snowy Mountains is the major regional centre of Cooma.
Cooma Located approximately 1 -1.5 hours drive south of Canberra and 4 - 6 hours drive south of Sydney, this is the major regional town of the area and provides a range of accommodation, services and shopping. Generally not the prime place to stay for a ski holiday it is however much more economical to stay here and travel each day either by coach or private transport to the ski resorts which are located approximately 1.5 hours further south and west of the town. Cooma is however, a good place to base yourself for exploring the region in all directions from Adaminaby to the Mountains and Bombala.
Berridale A small rural town located 20 minutes drive from Cooma towards Jindabyne and the ski resorts (at the crossroads of the Snowy Mountains) provides budget and self-catering accommodation together with a general store, hotel, sports club, ski hire and food outlets. Nothing fancy here but you will have everything you need within an hour of all major attractions. An excellent base to enjoy all summer and winter activities in the Snowy Mountains and located just 10 minutes from the Equestrian Centre that boasts indoor and outdoor arenas, stables and covered yards, a restaurant and accommodation.
Dalgety The village of Dalgety is located 15 minutes south of Berridale and is located on the banks of the Snowy River. It is a 30 minute drive to Jindabyne along the Snowy River Way. Dalgety has a hotel with accommodation, a holiday park with cabins and private rentals available. It also has a general store/cafe/nursery, olde wares store, sports ground and picnic area by the river.
Adaminaby and the surrounding villages of Anglers Reach and Old Adaminaby on the banks of Lake Eucumbene (Adaminaby is located approx 10kms from the lake) are located 1.0 hour west of Cooma and are better known as a base for summer angling and lake holidays but this is also a good place to base yourself for the family friendly Mt Selwyn Ski Resort. Basic hotel/motel and self-contained accommodation together with holiday parks are available here. The town has basic shopping facilities, garages, ski hire, hotels and food outlets. The other villages have limited facilities and it is best to check with your accommodation provider what you need to bring with you. Many more summer activities are available from Adaminaby including fishing, horse riding, bushwalking, water skiing or just enjoying the beautiful mountains and lake.
Jindabyne sits on the banks of its' namesake lake against a backdrop of the mountains and is located a 1 hour drive south west of Cooma and 40minutes - 1 hour from the major ski resorts of Perisher Blue and Thredbo (depending on conditions). Perisher Blue is also accessible by the Ski Tube (a train) on the Alpine Way located approximately 15 minutes from Jindabyne. In winter the population of this town escalates dramatically and all services are available in the town. Accommodation ranges from luxury resort (in the general area) to very basic self-contained. Always check with your accommodation provider what you need to bring with you and how far away they are from the town centre as some places advertised as "Jindabyne" can actually be up to 40 minutes south of the town. (Note: Many of the activities listed in the "summer" section are available all year round)
In summer, Jindabyne is a COMPLETELY different and very appealing place to visit. Whilst some services and restaurants are shut down for the summer, the town and the region have a host of activities available mainly based around enjoyment of the beautiful natural bush surrounds (horse riding, bushwalking, mountain biking, 4WD nature/farm eco tours etc.) or utilising the lake with activities such as sailing, fishing (both lake and fly fishing on rivers), water skiing, canoeing and swimming. There are also many sports and adventure travel activities available.
Thredbo Again a village better known as a ski resort in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, this is also a fabulous place to visit in summer. In winter there is a variety of accommodation and entertainment available in the village and you are staying "on snow", so no travelling to and fro each day but of course the accommodation and just about everything else will cost you significantly more than in any of the towns mentioned above. In summer the village has a plethora of activities available, again focused around enjoyment of the outdoors and natural bush surrounds.
Perisher Valley/Smiggin Holes/Guthega These are the villages that make up the Perisher Blue ski resort. As with Thredbo, there is a variety of accommodation available and it will cost you significantly more than staying off snow however, you have the convenience of walking out you front door straight to the slopes each day. Most lodges include dinner and breakfast as part of their package and there is generally heaps of apres ski nightlife and entertainment happening. Check with your accommodation provider or the resort to see what's on. Summer in Perisher is much quiter with limited accommodation and facilities open.
Charlotte Pass Australias highest village located at the base of Mt Kosciuszko is technically a winter resort accessible only by oversnow transport and a favourite for cross country skiiers. In summer it provides a carpark (no facilities) for access to one of the summit walks to the top of Mt Kosciuszko and other walks within the alpine region. (The other summit walk starts from the base of the Thredbo chairlift)
This guide is intended as a very basic overview of the region and to give travellers an idea of distances involved between the primary tourist towns and villages in the region.