When we imagine an Australian winter, venturing outside to make a snowman probably doesn't come to mind. Many people think the snow season in Australia is non-existent! But there's no need to head overseas if you want to go frolicking in snowfall; Australia has plenty of destinations where it does snow during winter.
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
To see stunning snow-capped mountain scenery, you can't go past a trip to Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. The snow season in this region is usually brought about by wild snowstorms, covering the entire mountain and surrounding areas.
To admire the snowy landscape, there are plenty of hiking trails across the mountain for you to explore (some of these trails may not be accessible after heavy snowfall). For accommodation, you have a choice of places to stay at the base of the mountain, with charming lodges such as Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village and Peppers Cradle Mountain.
It snows in Cradle Mountain most commonly in July and August, though the snow can last until September.
Thredbo Ski Resort, New South Wales
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If you're looking to ski, there's no need to go to New Zealand or Japan. Thredbo Ski Resort in New South Wales is one of Australia's most well-known ski resorts, offering up snowy slopes for skiing and plenty of events and activities.
Built at the base of Mount Kosciuszko, Thredbo is located just outside of Jindabyne. It has the longest ski runs in Australia so it's perfect for both advanced and beginner skiers. And with accommodation available in the vibrant alpine village, you'll be treated to beautiful scenery and entertainment at every turn.
Mount Buller, Victoria
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For making the most of Victoria's snow season, Mount Buller is the must-see destination. Approximately 3 hour's drive from Melbourne, it's the perfect location for day trips. For those wanting to stay longer, there are over 7,000 on-mountain beds available in the alpine village.
You certainly won't be short on things to do at Mount Buller, with the resort featuring sprawling ski runs, toboggan parks, helicopter flights and even dog sled tours! Not to mention over 30 bars and restaurants to recharge at throughout the day.
Exhausted from a day of skiing? Why not treat yourself at the Breathtaker on High Alpine Spa Retreat to a luxurious massage.
The Overland Track, Tasmania
The Overland Track in Tasmania is a popular walking spot in spring and summer, but some tour companies such as Tasmanian Expeditions offer snowshoe tours in winter. During the winter period, some of the highest peaks along the track get generous dustings of snow, and the lakes along the trail freeze, making for a very serene and unique experience.
Walking in the colder months is suited best to those with high levels of fitness who can carry a backpack with the necessary equipment, and don't minding camping out in the cold.
Oberon, New South Wales
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If skiing isn't your thing, but you'd still like to experience a winter wonderland, Oberon in New South Wales sees some of the best snow in Australia. Located in the NSW tablelands, Oberon is off the beaten track and the ultimate destination for a wintry, quiet getaway. The winter season sees several snowfalls each year so it's the perfect place to sip on a hot cocoa by the fire in a cosy cottage.
Just 2 ½ hour's drive from Sydney in the Greater Blue Mountains region, Oberon is near several Blue Mountains attractions, including the Jenolan Caves and Three Sisters.
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