The Snowy Mountains: Where Are They and Why Should You Visit?

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When it comes to breathtaking natural beauty and exhilarating winter adventures, few places rival the majesty of the Snowy Mountains. Nestled in southeastern Australia, this iconic mountain range captivates the hearts of snow enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. But where exactly are the Snowy Mountains, and why should you make them your next travel destination? In this article, we will uncover the allure of these snowy peaks and explore the incredible experiences they offer. 

Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

The Location of the Snowy Mountains

The Snowy Mountains, also known as the Snowies, are located in the southeastern part of Australia, spanning the borders of New South Wales and Victoria. This vast alpine region is a part of the Great Dividing Range, stretching across approximately 500 kilometres (310 miles). In fact, according to the Australian Conservation Foundation, The Great Dividing Range is vital to life in Australia. Almost three quarters of the Australian community live along the inland western slopes, eastern escarpment and adjoining coastal plains. With its highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, reaching an elevation of 2,228 metres (7,310 feet), the Snowy Mountains offer a dramatic landscape that is both awe-inspiring and enchanting.

Why Visit the Snowy Mountains?

Winter Wonderland

The Snowy Mountains are a paradise for snow lovers. With abundant snowfall during the winter season, this region transforms into a winter wonderland, providing the perfect playground for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow activities. The slopes cater to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced adventurers, making it an ideal destination for families, groups of friends, or solo travellers seeking thrills and excitement on the powder-covered mountainsides.

Natural Beauty

Beyond the adrenaline-fueled adventures, the Snowy Mountains boast unparalleled natural beauty. Explore the pristine wilderness of the Kosciuszko National Park, which surrounds the region, and discover breathtaking vistas, crystal-clear lakes, and cascading waterfalls. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, where snow-capped peaks meet vibrant alpine meadows, creating a picturesque backdrop that will leave you in awe.

Unique Experiences

The Snowy Mountains offer more than just skiing and snowboarding. Embark on a journey to Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in Australia, and conquer the thrilling hiking trails that lead to its summit. During the warmer months, the mountains transform into a hiker’s paradise, offering panoramic views and encounters with diverse wildlife. Fun fact, according to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Blog, when you think of Kosciuszko National Park, your mind immediately goes to the mountain. The 2228m peak after which the park is named gets snow on the mind, and the fact that Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass ski resorts are within the park doesn’t help the snow-cus (snow focus…nevermind). But did you know that Kosciuszko is so much more than just winter activities? In fact, it’s an all-year-round adventure playground. Think kayaking down the mythical Snowy River. The best mountain biking in Australia at Thredbo. Caving at Yarrangobilly Caves. Endless hiking opportunities. Even rock climbing and road tripping! Yeah, there’s a lot more going on than the ski resorts. Experience the joy of mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, and even caving, as the Snowy Mountains provide a wide range of activities to suit every adventurer’s taste.

Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay, Author of I Guess We Missed The Boat

Your Gateway to the Snowy Mountains

When planning your visit to the Snowy Mountains, ensure your stay is as comfortable as it is memorable. Located in the heart of Perisher Valley, Kooloora Lodge is your gateway to this extraordinary alpine paradise. With snow-to-the-door, this modern lodge offers easy accessibility to the ski lifts, allowing you to maximise your time on the slopes. Each room is equipped with heating, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom, ensuring a cosy and convenient stay.

After an exhilarating day on the mountains, unwind in the lodge’s inviting guest lounge, complete with a crackling fireplace, where you can curl up and relax. Engage in friendly competition with board games or simply bask in the warmth of the fire while recounting the day’s adventures. The on-site licensed restaurant serves delectable meals prepared by the lodge’s in-house chef, providing a delightful culinary experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.

The Snowy Mountains are a destination that truly captivates the imagination. Whether you seek the thrill of winter sports, the serenity of nature, or the allure of unique experiences, this remarkable alpine region has it all. From the magnificent peaks to the pristine wilderness, the Snowy Mountains offer a sensory feast that will leave you with lasting memories.

When planning your visit, Kooloora Lodge stands ready to provide you with the perfect base for your Snowy Mountains adventure. With its prime location, modern accommodations, and warm hospitality, Kooloora Lodge ensures that your stay in Perisher Valley is as unforgettable as the mountains themselves.

Embark on a journey to the Snowy Mountains, and let the magic of this enchanting destination envelop you. Book your room at Kooloora Lodge today and prepare for an extraordinary alpine experience.

Start your Snowy Mountains adventure with Kooloora Lodge today! 


Where are the Snowy Mountains located? 

The Snowy Mountains are located in southeastern Australia, spanning the borders of New South Wales and Victoria. This alpine region is part of the Great Dividing Range, offering stunning natural beauty and exciting outdoor activities.

What activities can I enjoy in the Snowy Mountains? 

The Snowy Mountains offer a wide range of activities for all seasons. During winter, indulge in skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. In the warmer months, enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and horse riding. The possibilities are endless!

How do I get to the Snowy Mountains? 

The Snowy Mountains can be reached by road or by air. Major airports near the region include Canberra International Airport and Cooma Airport. From there, you can hire a car or take a shuttle service to your desired destination.

Is Mount Kosciuszko difficult to climb? 

Climbing Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in Australia, is a rewarding experience accessible to most fitness levels. The Main Range Track offers a relatively easy and well-marked route, making it suitable for beginners. However, it’s always recommended to be prepared, wear appropriate footwear, and check weather conditions before embarking on the hike.

Where can I stay in the Snowy Mountains? 

Kooloora Lodge in Perisher Valley offers luxury lodge accommodation in the heart of the Snowy Mountains. With ski-to-door access, comfortable rooms, and on-site dining, it provides a convenient and cosy base for your alpine adventure. Book your stay at Kooloora Lodge to enjoy the best of the region.

Are there family-friendly activities in the Snowy Mountains? 

Absolutely! The Snowy Mountains cater to families with a range of family-friendly activities. From snow play areas and gentle slopes for beginners to hiking trails suitable for children, there’s something for everyone. Kooloora Lodge also welcomes families and provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for a memorable stay.

Can I visit the Snowy Mountains in summer?

Yes, the Snowy Mountains are a fantastic destination to visit in summer. The snow melts, revealing lush green landscapes and blooming wildflowers. Enjoy hiking, fishing in pristine lakes and rivers, or simply relax in the tranquil alpine environment.

Are there dining options available in the Snowy Mountains? 

Yes, there are various dining options in the Snowy Mountains. Kooloora Lodge, for instance, offers an on-site licensed restaurant where you can savour delicious meals prepared by their in-house chef. Additionally, nearby towns and villages offer a range of dining establishments to suit different tastes.

Are you ready to experience the thrill of the Snowy Mountains? Book your adventure now and secure your spot for an unforgettable getaway at Kooloora Lodge. Explore our accommodation options and start planning your trip!

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