See white at the 10 best snow destinations in Australia.
When you think ‘snow destinations’ Australia probably won’t be the first place that comes to mind, yet there are still quite a few sparkling white spots to be explored in the great down under.
Booking.com has crunched the numbers and released its latest trends for snow destinations in 2022. Their research shows that Australians are keen to hit the slopes again, and with an icy blast setting the season off early with a dumping of snow, it’s about time to start planning the winter vacation.
Here are the top 10 snow destinations in Australia to live out your winter wonderland dreams.
1. Jindabyne, NSW
At the top of our best snow destinations in Australia list is Jindabyne an alpine town sitting just on the edge of the Snowy Mountains at the base of Mount Kosciuszko. So naturally, it’s snagged the number one spot.
Often referred to as the ski haven, expect spectacular snow-swept vistas, skiing, snowboarding, and picturesque villages. There’s a wide range of lodges and inns to cosy up in on your stay, as well as tasty dining options dotted around town to warm your belly and perfect views of Lake Jindabyne.
2. Mount Buller, VIC
Undoubtedly Victoria’s most popular snow resort, Mount Buller has been a huge drawcard for backpackers, tourists, and families over a long line of years.
It’s crazy to think that one of the best snow destinations in Australia is just an hour’s drive out of Melbourne.
The resort village is iconic for its downhill ski slopes and there is something to suit all levels from the beginner slopes of Bourke St and Burnt Hut Spur to more challenging black runs for the experienced like Chamois. It also features terrain parks designed for any skill and toboggan parks for the little ones.
3. Thredbo, NSW
Another village in the Snowy Mountains, Thredbo is an ideal base for skiing, hiking, biking and fishing activities.
It’s not too far from the ski slopes and has often been awarded as one of Australia’s best. It boasts some of the longest ski runs in the nation with a picturesque village and panoramic mountain views at all angles. You also have to visit Eagles Nest during your stay, Australia’s highest restaurant serving tasty meals and hot chocolates.
4. Falls Creek, VIC
A resort town in northeastern Victoria, Falls Creek is recognised as a cross-country ski centre.
It’s the largest in the state, with over 90 runs accessed by 14 lifts. You can try your hand at night skiing here, join a class with experienced instructors, or explore the beautiful terrain of Alpine National Park cross country style.
5. Mount Hotham, VIC
You can find Mount Hotham in the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range.
The setting is absolutely stunning, and an escape to the frosty air here serves as the perfect escape from busy city life.
Take in misty sunrises, 360-degree views of rugged mountain ranges, and 320 hectares of perfect ski terrain, yep this is definitely one to add to the list of best snow destinations in Australia.
6. Bright, VIC
Bright serves as a base for exploring plenty of snowy options like Mount Buffalo National Park, Alpine National Park, and the previously mentioned Mount Hotham.
It’s a very popular holiday destination where you can find stunning greenery in the summer, wineries, and the occasional snowfall blanketing the area. Perfect for getting in on all the snow action without feeling like you’re stuck in to much cold.
7. Perisher Valley, NSW
As the name suggests, this valley of Mount Perisher, another you’ll find in the Snowy Mountains.
There are four resort areas here and over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain interlinking. Perisher Valley is home to terrains from beginner runs through to the more advanced and also plays host to extra snow activities like cross country trails, night skiing, and tubing.
8. Cradle Mountain, TAS
When you think of winter in Australia and the cold, of course, you think of Tasmania.
Tassie has always been an underrated destination in Australia and is also one of the best snow destinations in Australia.
Cradle Mountain is no exception to the beauty as an iconic wilderness experience that both looks and feels pristine. The peak receives snowfalls in winter, turning it into a complete winter wonderland.
9. Mount Beauty, VIC
Fitting name for such a surreal place.
Mount Beauty is located in Victoria’s high country at the base of Mount Bogong, and the natural beauty here is breathtaking. Lakes, forests, snowfields, and quaint little village houses – it’s a winter lover’s dream and an affordable option for those seeking a snow holiday who don’t want to stay in Falls Creek (mentioned above).
10. Halls Gap, VIC
Finally rounding our 10 best snow destinations in Australia – Halls Gap is a gateway to Grampians National Park, and often receives snowfall on the higher peaks and sometimes in the valley.
There is a whole multitude of accommodation, eateries, shopping, and outdoor experiences to explore alongside ancient mountain ranges, waterfalls, and plenty of dazzling views. Plus, the Grampians is world-renowned for their Shiraz – and that always tastes way better in winter.
Feature Image: Cradle Mountain | @jodieparison
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