Hit the Slopes

Kosciuszko National Park is nestled inside the Snowy Mountains, meaning visitors here can enjoy some of the best skiing terrain in the country. Thredbo and Perisher are two of the top ski resorts of the region, and with good reason. The quaintly decorated Thredbo has one of the largest vertical drops of any Australian ski resort at 672 metres. The massive Perisher has nearly 50 lifts and is spread over 1,245 hectares. The four village base areas include Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Mt. Blue Cow, and Guthega.

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Head Underground in the Yarrangobilly

Caves formed roughly 440 million years ago in a belt of limestone, the Yarrangobilly Caves are actually a series of independent caves. A handful are lit and open for the public to get an up-close look at the fascinating cave corral, helictites, flowstone shawls, and soda straw stalactites that make up the interiors (guided and self-guided tours are available). Especially enticing during winter weather is the caves system’s thermal pool that’s 2.5 metres deep and a steady 27 degrees Celsius.

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Take the Road Less Travelled in Charlotte’s Pass

Located at the base of Mt. Kosciuszko, Charlotte’s Pass is one of the highest, oldest, and most isolated resorts in Australia. Visitors will have to use oversnow transport the last 8 kilometres from Perisher Valley just to reach the village. But intrepid travelers are rewarded with uncrowded ski runs and spectacularly beautiful scenery. During warm-weather months, Charlotte’s Pass is a starting point for many bushwalkers on their way to the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko and the Blue Lake Lookout.

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Soak Up the Scenery

Limestone gorges, mystical caves, historic homesteads and alpine flora and fauna can all be found here. Mr. Kosciuszko is home to both spectacular scenery and fascinating plants and animals, making it a great place to go for a nature walk or a leisurely drive. The Snowy Mountains Highway and Alpine Way wind through the park, as do pristine trails for walking and cycling. The 655-kilometre Australian Alps Walking Track nearly crosses the length of the park. Incredibly lucky travelers might spot the mountain pygmy possum, found only here.

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Camp Out in Sawpit Creek

Want further proof that Kosciuszko National Park isn’t just for snow bunnies? Head to Sawpit Creek in the spring and summer, when campsites, caravans, and cabins here are overrun with nature nuts looking to get active. They swim, canoe, and fish for trout in the park’s many rivers and lakes. Horseback riding along tree-lined trails attracts both novices and lifelong equestrians.

 

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