Getting to Perisher
Driving to Perisher
If you’re driving from Sydney we suggest leaving between five and six hours to get here. If you’re coming from Melbourne it’s usually around a six hour drive.
If you’re driving to Perisher from Jindabyne it’s an easy half hour drive in good weather; keep in mind that you're legally required to carry properly fitting chains in any vehicle other than 4WD's within the National Park. All details about entering the National Parks can be found on their website.
No matter which direction you’re coming from, there are a few things you need to be aware of when driving in the Snowy Mountains. Kangaroos and other wildlife are frequently seen, which is an amazing sight to see, but you don’t want to hit anything. Remember to drive carefully, don’t drive tired and slow down when driving at night.
Here’s some quick Subaru tips for driving in the snow:
- Take regular stops and breaks throughout your trip
- Use your fog lights
- Don’t tailgate - keep a good distance between the car in front incase you need to stop suddenly
- Brake gently and try to anticipate road and traffic conditions
- Don’t use hot water to remove any ice on your windscreen – either scrape it away or use the demister.
Regional Express Airlines
Regional Express (Rex), in partnership with Snowy Mountains Airport Corporation Pty Ltd (SMAC), will commence Regular Public Transport (RPT) services between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains (Cooma) in March 2016.
Services will commence from Wednesday 23 March 2016 for the Easter period, with the core schedule of five return services per week commencing from Monday 28 March 2016. Regional Express (Rex) has released additional winter services between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains (Cooma) between 10 June 2016 and 2 October 2016, with additional services on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
The year round flight schedule of five return weekly services provides 340 weekly seats, which will increase to 612 weekly seats from the June long weekend, and then 816 weekly seats during the peak season from the beginning of July through until the October long weekend.
When you're booking your snow holiday, you might be asking yourself, what is the Skitube?
Perisher's Skitube is a Swiss designed rack-rail train that takes passengers from Bullocks Flat Terminal on the Alpine Way through a tunnel in the Ramshead Range to the Perisher Resort. The first stop is the underground station at Perisher Valley and then continues on to Blue Cow through another tunnel through the Perisher Range.
When you arrive at Bullocks Flat Terminal, you'll find free day and overnight parking and because it is located below the snow fall levels, you generally won't require chains. You also don't need to purchase the National Parks entry fee.
Since the start of operations in 1987, Skitube has carried over four million passengers to Perisher in comfort and safety. To this day, the Skitube is the most efficient and practical way to help guests experience the very best of Perisher while also taking in some beautiful sights along the way.
Other ways to get here
Murrays Sydney Snow Express
Murrays Coaches provide Luxury Coach Travel departing Sydney to NSW Snowfields every Saturday during July & August. Day Return Coach travel from Sydney to Bullock's Flat from $153. Day Return Ski/Snowboard Packages (including return coach travel from Sydney, lift ticket & Ski or Snowboard) begin at $192.
Snobus Snowscene Express
The Snowscene Express connects you to Perisher on Sunday & Fridays from five convenient locations in Canberra including the city and airport. Extra luggage allowance included for snow equipment & gear with a guaranteed seat, including National park fees. From $160 per adult, $120 per child.
Snoexpress is the leading coach service between Canberra and Perisher, and one of the only coach service that stops right in the heart of Perisher Valley. Perisher drop-off and pick-up locations include Ski Rider, Smiggins and Perisher Valley. Snoexpress is able to be booked online with no credit card fees.
Canberra Airport is just a 2.5 hour drive from Perisher and a 40 minute flight from Sydney. Canberra International Airport is located approx. 7 kilometres (10 mins) from the city centre. Regular connections are available to and from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth by both Qantas and Virgin.
Port Stephens Coaches are the ‘snow coach specialists’ providing luxury coach travel to the snowfields every weekend. Snow tours depart Thursday and Friday from Port Stephens, Newcastle, Central Coast and Sydney, returning Sunday evening.
- Coastal Liner SnowStorm
- Snow Alliance
- Country Link
- Greyhound Australia
- Sid Fogg's Coachlines
- NSW TrainLink coach service
- Snow Connect
- Private Luxury Jeep Wrangler 4WD transfers