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.
The National Park entry fee is $29 per day for each vehicle.
Plan ahead and bypass the NPWS vehicle entry station this winter. Buy your NPWS Annual All Parks Pass online at nswparkspass.info before you come skiing and snowboarding. The new digital passes are valid instantly from purchase (excluding discounted and concession annual passes).
From 20 April 2021 the NPWS vehicle entry stations will only sell day and multiday entry passes. For further information about purchasing annual passes visit nswparkspass.info, or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 for assistance.
There are a few things you need to be aware of when driving in the Snowy Mountains. Driving here is a unique experience and you can come across some challenging conditions. Kangaroos and other wildlife are frequently seen, which is an amazing sight to see, but you don’t want to hit anything.
Heavy construction vehicles and freight trucks are also common on these roads. While it can be frustrating to be stuck behind one, heavy vehicles have trouble slowing down, so it’s a bad move to dart in front of one, especially when it’s icy. There are slow vehicle bays along the highway so trucks can allow you to pass.
High winds, snow and ice can make these roads unpredictable, so make sure you’ve got your snow chains (2WD cars can be fined for not having them), know how to fit them and drive carefully, braking gently and leaving a safe distance between yourself and the car in front.
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
Please Note - Due to COVID-19 Restrictions Please Confirm Services Direct with the Providers
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)
Qantas will make it easier for travellers to access Perisher this winter with the launch of two new seasonal routes. From 1 July to 26 September 2021, Qantas will operate two new routes to Cooma, the gateway to the snowfields in New South Wales:
- Sydney to Cooma – flights will operate three days per week.
- Brisbane to Cooma – flights will operate two days per week.
When flying to and from the Snowy Mountains, there are a variety of airport shuttle options taking you into Perisher, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Jindabyne. Click Here for more information
Canberra Airport is just a 2.5 hour drive from Perisher and connects to 12 domestic destinations across Australia, including Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast! Canberra Airport is serviced by Qantas, Virgin Airlines, Alliance Airlines, Link Airways and FlyPelican!
Whether you’re flying, driving or bussing to Perisher, Canberra Airport offers convenience, affordability and reliability.
Canberra Airport is located 10 minutes from Canberra’s city centre and just 3 minutes to Majura Park Shopping 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 5:30pm. 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
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.
Daily buses to both Perisher and Skitube departing Jindabyne and surrounds 7.45-8am each morning. Door to Door service with lockable trailer for all your gear.
Private transport in premium 7 and 8 seat 4WD vehicles direct to your destination. Available to connect with every flight from all airports and can cater for all group sizes.
Fully licensed and insured. Ph. 0497-888-444, More information here.
Snowlink Shuttle operates a daily return door to door service from Jindabyne to Skitube at Bullocks Flat and a direct shuttle to Smiggin Holes and Perisher Resort. Snowlink is the exclusive transport service for guests staying at the Station Resort and offers guests a 10% discount on fares.
Snowlink Jindabyne also offers an all year-round professional Private vehicle transfer service in one of our comfortable fleet from Canberra CBD, Canberra Airport, Snowy Mountains Airport, Cooma and Jindabyne to Perisher.
Secure Valet Parking options are available in Jindabyne at our property.
A Summer Mountain Bike Shuttle is available from Jindabyne to Perisher or Guthega as well as transport for Walkers & Hikers.
To book phone: 0438 385 961
Alpine Charters is a local family operated business that provides excellent customer service, safety and is accredited in both NSW and the ACT. Servicing the Snowy Mountains region Alpine Charters can meet you at your desired pickup point, including Canberra Airport, Snowy Mountains Airport or anywhere in between. Alpine Charters provides private transfers for groups of all sizes.
Specialising in Private 4WD and Bus Transfers all year to Perisher, Smiggin Holes and Guthega from Sydney, Canberra Airport, Snowy Mountains Airport, Cooma and Jindabyne. Operating in Winter for transport to Perisher and through Summer for walkers or hikers wishing to experience the Alpine region.
Secure Valet Parking options are available from our property in Jindabyne to Perisher.
During summer we offer a Mountain Bike Shuttle service.
Come and explore with us amazing lookouts and historical huts on one of our 4wd Photographic Tours. We tailor every journey to your personal needs in comfort and style.
Ph: 0455 577 478
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.
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.