Whilst many associate Australia with the sun and surf, our golden country is also home to some fabulous ski resorts, for those in need of a weekend winter getaway! Whether you're an expert skier or testing out your (possibly wobbly) ski legs for the first time, feel the rush and get your après-ski on at these top six ski slopes. Here's our guide to where to ski and snowboard in Australia.
PERISHER | KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK NSW
The largest ski resort in Australia, Perisher is situated in the picturesque Kosciuszko National Park and incorporates four villages including Blue Cow, Guthega, Smiggin Holes, and Perisher Valley. This alpine playground features 47 lifts and a plethora of ski runs so there's plenty of choice for both expert and first-time skiers. Skiers and boarders flock here during the winter school holidays so we'd recommend visiting off-season to avoid the crowds!
STAY | Accommodation is available on snow or in the neighbouring town of Jindabyne. Our picks include Altitude 1260, Banjo Paterson Inn, and The Station.
EAT | Café Darya, Parc Café, Bacco Italian Restaurant and Cocina, Mexican Grill & Cantina
THREDBO | KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK NSW
For devoted skiers and snowboarders, Thredo is conveniently located midway between Sydney and Melbourne and boasts the longest runs in Australia, with terrains to suit all levels. Friday Flats is great for beginners while its tree-lined trails are perfect for cruising riders—check out runs like Walkabout, Playground, and Ballroom. For the pros, the Supertrail and High Noon are sure to get the adrenalin pumping.
STAY | Cloud 9 Thredbo, Boali Lodge, or The Peak at Thredbo
EAT | Après Bar, Bernti's Tapas Bar & Grill, and Central Road 2625
CHARLOTTE PASS | KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK NSW
Australia's highest resort, Charlotte Pass is known for its quaint ski area, which is only accessible via over-snow transport—so once there, we'd recommend you stay! All the accommodation and facilities are ski-in, ski-out making it the ultimate winter escape.
STAY | Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel, Alitja Alpine Lodge or Stillwell Lodge
EAT | The Celler and Arches Restaurant (Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel) and Spencers Restaurant (Stillwell Lodge)
MT BULLER | ALPINE NATIONAL PARK VIC
Located just three hours drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller constantly attracts the weekender set. Offering 22 lifts and three terrain parks, there are wide slopes for the seasonal skier as well as plenty of black runs, with an adventure to suit every level of ability. Mt Buller also offers two toboggan parks, which are sure to keep the kids happy!
STAY | Step out your door and onto the slopes at one of Mt Buller's many on-snow hotels and lodges. Our top picks include Breathtaker, Abom Hotel & Apartments, Grand Mercure Chalet, and Burnthut.
EAT | ABOM, Black Cockatoo Restaurant, Burger Haus
MT HOTHAM | AUSTRALIAN ALPS NATIONAL PARK VIC
Known as the 'powder capital' of Australia, Mt Hotham spans 320 hectares of picturesque terrain and caters to beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers and snowboarders. There's a dedicated area for learners, excellent blue runs, and tree glades for the experts! Plus, the cross-country ski trails to Dinner Plain are amazing!
STAY | Mountain Dreaming, Schnapps, Peppers Rundells Apline Lodge (Dinner Plain), or Asterix Ski Club
EAT | The General Store, Mountain Kitchen, The Last Run, Zirky's Restaurant
FALLS CREEK | ALPINE NATIONAL PARK VIC
This is the prettiest ski resort in Victoria! Falls Creek has four terrain parks to choose from and caters mainly to intermediate riders and snowboarders. There are 15 lifts on offer with challenging, fun slopes and plenty to explore for the keen cross-county skier. The village has a great atmosphere with plenty of accommodation and dining options.
STAY | Huski Luxury Apartments, Elk at Falls, or QT Falls Creek
EAT | The Gully Bar & Restaurant (by Three Blue Ducks), Summit Ridge Restaurant, and Feathertop Restaurant
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