Driving to the Snowy Mountains
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.
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.
Here’s some quick Subaru tips for driving in the snow:
- Use your fog lights
- Don’t tailgate - keep a good distance between the car in front incase you need to stop suddenly
- Brake gently
- Don’t use hot water to remove any ice on your windscreen – either scrape it away or use the demister.
Flying to the Snowy Mountains
Regional Express (Rex), in partnership with Snowy Mountains Airport Corporation Pty Ltd (SMAC), has launched Regular Public Transport (RPT) services between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains (Cooma).
Services have now commenced for 2016, with five return services per week from Monday 28 March 2016. Regional Express (Rex) will have 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 flying to and from the Snowy Mountains, you are now able to connect through to Jindabyne and Bullocks Flat Terminal with Alpine Resort Shuttle services.
Canberra Airport is just a 2.5 hour drive from Perisher and a 40 minute flight from Sydney. Canberra is within a two hour flight from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In addition to these state capitals, daily flights also connect Canberra with Adelaide and Perth. Direct flights are also available to Newcastle, Singapore and Wellington, New Zealand. Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Virgin and Fly Pelican offer regular services to and from Canberra Airport. Canberra Airport is located 10 minutes from Canberra’s city centre.
Transport While You're Here
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.
Parking at Perisher
Three of our four resort areas have free parking!
- Perisher Valley has a large car park which is free for day use only
- Smiggins has free day parking and also has a free shuttle that goes to Perisher Valley between 7.30am - 6pm (longer during night skiing & boarding)
- Guthega has 60 parking spaces for day only and 50 overnight spaces - Be aware that snow conditions may affect this parking
Free Shuttle Service
A free shuttle service operates between Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes. The shuttle service runs from 7:30am to 6pm and until 10pm Tuesdays and Saturdays during July & August and Tuesdays during September to accommodate for night skiing and boarding. Pick-ups are from the turning circle at Perisher Skitube Terminal and the metal bridge outside the Smiggins Hotel at Smiggin Holes. Shuttles depart approximately every 15 minutes.
Staying on-snow? Hans Oversnow is located in the Perisher Skitube Terminal and provides transport for selected lodges in Perisher and Smiggins for a charge. If you're arriving after midnight bookings are essential and additional charges may apply. Hans Oversnow can be contacted 24 hours a day on 02 64575334 or 0418485144. Some lodges do provide their own transport service so it's best to confirm with them before you arrive.
Other ways to get here
Snowy Mountains Shuttles
Snowy Mountains Shuttles provides daily return shuttles to the Skitube, Cooma, Berridale, Kalkite turn off, East Jindabyne, Jindabyne Coach Stop and Brumby Bar, Jindabyne. Airport pick ups and returns are also available.
Snow Connect is a private 4wd transfer company offering transport/shuttles to the snow 24 hours per day 7 days a week. Licensed and 4 wheel drive accredited staff.
Snow Transport - Driver trained, snow licence accredited and the longest standing private transport operator in the Snowy Mountains Region. Experience being driven to the snow by the professionals with over 10 years experience. Safety and reliability are at the forefront of our business. Premier 4wd vehicles plus buses for larger groups.
Murrays Coaches provide luxury coach travel departing Sydney to NSW Snowfields every Friday & Saturday during July & August. Day packages from Sydney includes return coach travel from Sydney, lift ticket, equipment hire and lesson only $285.
Murrays Canberra Snow Express
Murrays Coaches provides a daily coach service to/from Canberra to the NSW Snowy Mountains. Day packages from Canberra packages including return coach travel from Sydney, lift ticket, equipment hire and lesson only $198.
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 $170 per adult, $130 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.
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.