Australia is famous for its unique natural beauty, world class tourism experiences and friendly locals. What many don’t realise is that you will also find spectacular alpine mountain areas and unique snow experiences in the south east of the country.
At the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, along Australia’s east coast, you will find international-standard ski resorts and quaint alpine villages which have a history dating back over 50 years.
Australia is home to two premier ski regions –the Snowy Mountains, located south west of Sydney in New South Wales and Victoria’s Snowfields, located only a short drive from Melbourne in Victoria.
You will find extensive skiable terrain during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter and early spring holiday seasons. Ski resorts in Australia operate from early June to late September/ early October providing the perfect escape from the Northern Hemisphere’s summer.
Australia’s unique climate and environment, provides natural snow cover with major resorts recording average annual snowfalls of around 3-4 metres. This is supported by world class snowmaking systems ensuring consistent skiing conditions all season long.
With mountain elevations between 1500 – 2200 metres, Australia’s temperate ski regions and unique topography provide the perfect environment and climate for you to ski, play or simply explore a winter destination in comfort and style.
Australia’s ski resorts offer a European style ski-in/ ski-out alpine village experience. Set amongst the natural beauty of the Australian landscape, on-mountain accommodation means you can easily add an overnight snow escape to any Australian holiday itinerary.
If you are interested in finding out which resort might be best for you, we invite you to read
GAO Snow’s 2016 summary of the Best Ski Resorts in the Southern Hemisphere.
Region: Melbourne / Victoria’s Snowfields
Victoria’s Snowfields are home to some of Australia’s premier ski resorts including Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek. Located a picturesque 3-5 hours drive from Melbourne, the Victoria’s Snowfields region is a great location for a family snow holiday or winter luxury escape.
- Nearest City: Melbourne, VIC – 3 hrs drive (248km)
- Nearest City: Melbourne, VIC – 4.5 hours drive (370km)
- Nearest City: Melbourne, VIC – 4.5 hrs drive (400km)
Region: Sydney / Snowy Mountains
Set amongst the Australian Alps in the Kosciusko National Park, the Snowy Mountains region is a true alpine wilderness. Situated 6 hours south west of Sydney, the region is home to two international standard ski resorts, Perisher and Thredbo and provides a stunning location for a magical winter escape.