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Scenic routes to the snowies

Khancoban Pondage, Snowy MountainsCREDIT: Snowy Valleys Council; Matt Beaver

A scenic break beside Khancoban Pondage in the Snowy Mountains.

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Scenic routes
to the snowies

Khancoban Pondage, Snowy Mountains CREDIT: Snowy Valleys Council; Matt Beaver

A scenic break beside Khancoban Pondage in the Snowy Mountains.

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You can reach New South Wales’s fabulous Snowy Mountains ski fields and resorts from Sydney by car in a little more than five hours, but what’s the rush? Make the journey part of your holiday and build a few more memories on the way. Stop off at any one of a number of charming towns en route for lunch or coffee, or to brush up on local history. Your Snowy Mountains road trip could take you down the South Coast and then inland; via the rolling Southern Highlands and the Canberra District region; or through Goulburn and Yass en route to Tumut and Selwyn Snowfields.  

Via the South Coast (7.5 hours driving time) 

Leave Sydney for Wollongong on the Princes Highway, following the coast south to Nowra. Stop off at Berry, just north of Nowra, for morning tea or lunch. Choose from the delightful cafés filled with tempting homemade cakes, pastries and preserves.  

Continue your journey, past Jervis Bay and onwards to the pretty town of Mollymook. You could take a break here for a coffee, to browse the galleries or shops, or to have a celebratory meal at Rick Stein at Bannisters to make a toast to a day well spent.  

Back on the Princes Highway later that day or the following morning, it’s another couple of hours to picturesque Bega, 18km inland on the Bega River, and near the junction of the Princes and Snowy Mountains highways. You might want to test the claim that when staying in Bega it is possible to ski the slopes and ride the waves in a single day.  

From here it should take about 2.5 hours to get to Jindabyne, heading towards Bemboka on the Snowy Mountains Highway and then Dalgety on the Snowy River Way. You might want to pause in Dalgety, the town once touted as the nation’s capital, and wonder how it might have been. Instead of roundabouts and Parliament House, there’s good food, a historic bridge and a great country pub. 

Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Warm Shellfish with Parsley, Chilli, Olive Oil, Garlic and Lemon Juice dish available at Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach.

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Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Warm Shellfish with Parsley, Chilli, Olive Oil, Garlic and Lemon Juice dish available at Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook Beach.

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Bowral, Southern Highlands CREDIT: Destination NSW

Autumn colours in the town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands.

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Bowral, Southern Highlands CREDIT: Destination NSW

Autumn colours in the town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands.

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Via the Canberra District (5.5 hours driving time) 

Follow the Hume Highway from Sydney to Goulburn, straight through the Southern Highlands. Take a short detour to Bowral, where cricket fans will be delighted to find the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, while others might be more interested in the sweet delights of the Gumnut Patisserie on Bong Bong Street.  

From Goulburn, take the Federal Highway south. Once you reach Lake George, you’ll know to detour off the highway to Gundaroo, where you can stop for lunch at Grazing. In the historic Royal Hotel, this charming restaurant serves two- and three-course menus showcasing regional produce, such as local pork belly and rainbow trout. 

A 10-minute drive away, work off lunch on a stroll through the countryside with a llama. Alpaca Magic runs 1.5-hour guided tours where you can learn all about alpacas and llamas in up-close encounters.  

Follow the signs to the Monaro Highway and Cooma, a town known as the Gateway to the Snowies. As well as being a good place to stop for a refreshing cup of tea or bite to eat, Cooma is home to the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre, where you can learn the fascinating saga of the region’s hydro-electric scheme, the largest engineering project in Australian history. Cooma is also a good place to pick up snow chains — all two-wheel drive vehicles entering the Kosciuszko Road in the Kosciuszko National Park must carry snow chains in winter.  

From Cooma, take Jindabyne Road through Berridale and then on to Kosciuszko Road and into the lakeside town of Jindabyne.  

Via Gundagai and Tumut (5.5 hours driving time) 

From Sydney, head to Goulburn on the Hume Highway and then follow the signs to Yass. Stop to stretch your legs at Jugiong, on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Pick up some fresh bread, or perhaps a sourdough doughnut, from The Sir George Artisan Bakery, or stay on for lunch. Your only problem will be trying to decide between The Sir George Bar & Kitchen and the Long Track Pantry café next door.  

After lunch, push onwards to Gundagai. This handsome pioneering town makes a nice break for drivers and passengers. After a must-have photo posed with Gundagai’s beloved statue of the Dog on the Tuckerbox, check out the heritage-listed timber railway station that dates back to 1886 and visit the Gundagai Historic Museum.  

From Gundagai, head towards the Snowy Mountains Highway to Tumut and on to Yarrangobilly Caves. Here, you can take a guided tour of six stunning limestone caves that were millions of years in the making.  

From Tumut take the longer route on the scenic Alpine Way up to Thredbo (total driving time from Sydney is 7.5 hours). You’ll travel via Batlow where you can pop in to Wilgro Orchards and stock up on seasonal produce. Then visit Khancoban, a small lakeside town only 1.5 hours’ drive from the ski resort at Thredbo. 

Yarrangobilly Caves, Kosciuszko National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple touring the Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park.

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Yarrangobilly Caves, Kosciuszko National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple touring the Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park.

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Wilgro Orchard, Batlow CREDIT: Don Fuchs; Destination NSW

Aerial overlooking the grounds of Wilgro Orchard, Batlow.

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Wilgro Orchard, Batlow CREDIT: Don Fuchs; Destination NSW

Aerial overlooking the grounds of Wilgro Orchard, Batlow.

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