Winter Wonderland in Australia
Whether you’re looking for ski resorts or wine tastings, Australian winters provide all kinds of fun for families, couples, and solo adventures. From picturesque landscapes and wooly wildlife to cosy cabins and hiking trails, you can plan the perfect holiday down to as much detail as your heart desires…or you can just wait until you get there and see where the wonderland takes you.
NEW SOUTH WALES (NSW)
Kosciuszko National Park
This park is breathtaking all year round but the ski resorts are not to be missed. The main four are Thredbo, Perisher Blue, Charlotte’s Pass, and Selwyn Snowfields. You’re also sure to see some wildlife romping in the snow and this area is replete with quaint little towns to get a taste of local flavour.
The pinnacle of all your snowy needs lies in wait at Thredbo, Australia’s premier ski resort. At first glance, it might seem like Thredbo is all about skiing – after all, they do have the longest ski runs in Australia – but, in fact, there is much more to this Alpine resort. You can also enjoy sledding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow tubing and tobogganing! Don’t forget the Thredbo Flare Run and fireworks display.
For over 25 years, Thredbo has set the slopes and the sky on fire – a weekly sight to not be missed whether watching or participating.
This resort is the largest in New South Wales and is comprised of the villages of Perisher, Smiggins Hole, Guthega, and Mt. Blue Cow. With seven peaks and a superpipe, everything you can want or need is right there. From skiing and boarding to accommodations, restaurants, bars, and shopping, there is fun for the whole family, including nighttime activities, as well.
This is New South Wales’ highest resort, reaching 1,760 metres. Because of its elevation, it gets some of the most consistently high quality snowfalls. Charlotte’s Pass is known for its snowshoe tours and “ski-in, ski-out” facilities, giving this resort easy access to a wide variety of activities.
This resort is the perfect spot for a family experience. You can try alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and tobogganing – a little something for everyone at more affordable rates.
Blue Mountains – Yulefest
Every winter, thousands come from around the world to enjoy Yulefest. Think roaring fires, extravagant five-course dinners, and sing-alongs with Santa – just like a scene from a heartfelt Christmas movie. What started as a night of nostalgia in 1980 became a yearly tradition that was warmly embraced by hotels and restaurants throughout the area. Now, 35 years later, the festival has grown to include plays, magic shows, parades, Christmas markets and so much more.
A favourite ski park for the locals, Falls Creek has over 92 alpine runs and 20 cross-country trails that cater primarily to intermediate skiers. There’s something for the beginners though too with Wombat’s Ramble, the longest beginner’s run in Australia.
Lake Mountain Resort
For those of you who aren’t the thrill-seeker type, Lake Mountain offers beautiful cross-country skiing. Although much of the resort was once destroyed by bushfire, over 9km of trails have been restored. You can help the local economy by heading out and checking out the runs; but don’t look for the lake – there isn’t one!
If you’re looking for the ultimate winter fantasyland, look no further than Tasmania. Its picturesque towns with quaint B&B’s are chock full of historical sites and snow as far as the eye can see. Kangaroos and wombats frolic in the snow and who knows what other wildlife you will spot!
These snowy peaks are exactly what you would imagine a Tasmanian winter to be like. They call out to adventurers around the world, daring you to lace up your hiking boots and set out on an expedition. This area is a scenic panorama year-round but the winters are really something to experience.
With a string of events taking place throughout winter, there’s always something to attend with the locals. In June, there’s the 10-day Antarctica Mid-Winter Festival, which celebrates the connection between Tasmania and the Antarctic. In July you can be part of the Festival of the Voices and witness the transformation of a town into a celebration of voices and music. Don’t miss the Chocolate Winterfest, either!
As if that weren’t enough, you might even be lucky enough to witness the Aurora Australis if conditions are right.
The Magic of Australian Winters
What truly makes winter wonderlands in Australia so wondrous aren’t the thrills and chills of the activities available but the magnificence of the terrain; the playfulness of the wildlife in the snow; and the warmth of the people who live there. No matter where you go for your snowy getaway, the locals will greet you with a genuine smile and a friendly voice. So go ahead and plan your winter destination but don’t forget to take the time to enjoy the people that make this place so wondrous.