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Summer in the Snowy Mountains

Main Range Track, Kosciuszko National ParkCREDIT: Destination NSW

Stunning scenic views across Kosciuszko National Park from the Main Range Track.

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Summer in the
Snowy Mountains

Main Range Track, Kosciuszko National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Stunning scenic views across Kosciuszko National Park from the Main Range Track.

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Spring and summer transform the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales — around five hours southwest of Sydney or two hours south of Canberra — into an adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re into hiking, horse riding or cycling, here’s how to explore this picturesque alpine wonderland — and where to refuel on wine, truffles and trout afterwards. 

Walk this way 

A great way to experience the spectacular scenery of the Snowy Mountains is on foot. There are dozens of tracks to choose from, whether you want to take in waterfalls or learn about the region’s history or challenge yourself on a heart-starting hike through Kosciuszko National Park. This is one of the largest national parks in the state, and is home to Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko (2,228m). 

The day trek to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko is as inspiring as it is exhilarating. From the ski town of Thredbo, the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift zips you up 560 vertical metres to the start of a walkway to the mountain’s summit. Along the way, you'll walk past the granite outcrops of Ramshead Range, and spot alpine wildflowers across the rooftop of Australia. 

Just as scenic but slightly less strenuous is the 2.5km Bullocks track. Starting from the Thredbo Diggings campground or the Bullocks Flat Skitube carpark, this short trail meanders alongside the crystal-clear Thredbo River (look out for platypuses at dusk and dawn) with a dazzling backdrop of the jagged Ramshead Range, often capped in snow. Wallabies and kangaroos are also a common sight en route, as are spring wildflowers.  

Put in some pedal power 

From mountain biking to road cycling, the Snowy Mountains has plenty of trails for those looking to explore on two wheels. The Cascade Hut trail is a remote path that offers a scenic introduction into the untouched Pilot Wilderness Area, twisting through snow gum woodland and fields of wildflowers. A small part of the 650km Australian Alps Walking Track, the trail is great for both beginners and experienced cyclists — from Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Hut, it’s a 10km ride one-way. 

Bikes can be hired in a number of Snowy Mountain towns, including Cooma, Jindabyne and Thredbo, as well as from Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, where you can buy a day pass to access 25km of mountain bike trails and the Pump and Flow Track, designed by mountain bike world champion Caroline Buchanan and replete with skill-testing berms, bridges, logs and rails.  

You can also swap skis for spokes at Thredbo Mountain Bike Park, delivering a mix of cross-country and gravity trails as well as a skills park and flowing single tracks offering spectacular views over Australia’s highest peaks and alpine lakes. There’s something for every experience level — from a kids-only area to chairlift-accessed gravity trails — plus two-hour beginner, intermediate and advanced clinics daily, for those looking to fine-tune their skills.  

Another cycling highlight is the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, 21km of sealed and safe tracks following the region’s onetime rail line. Historic sites, rolling fields, eucalypt forest and historic bridges and cottages are just some of the scenic attractions along your route.  

Snowy Mountains Summer Highlights CREDIT: Destination NSW

Highlight footage showcasing summer activities in the Snowy Mountains.

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Snowy Mountains Summer Highlights CREDIT: Destination NSW

Highlight footage showcasing summer activities in the Snowy Mountains.

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Kosciuszko National Park, Kosciuszko CREDIT: Tourism Snowy Mountains

Hikers enjoying a scenic walk through Kosciuszko National Park, Kosciuszko.

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Kosciuszko National Park, Kosciuszko CREDIT: Tourism Snowy Mountains

Hikers enjoying a scenic walk through Kosciuszko National Park, Kosciuszko.

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Jump in the saddle 

Whether it’s your first time in the saddle or you’re looking to go for a gallop, the Snowy Mountains offers all manner of terrain for keen equestrians. South of Jindabyne, Snowy Wilderness resort is set on more than 3,000 hectares of alpine high country. Check in to one of the cottages, then explore ridges and gullies and rivers and forest on guided horse treks lasting from a couple of hours to a week. Just north in Crackenback, Thredbo Valley Horse Riding offers a range of trail rides across its 1,100-hectare estate, across alpine streams, up steep forested ridges and through pretty meadows. Experienced guides are on hand to assist kids and non-riders on easy trails, while pony rides are available for young children. 

Enjoy a taste of the region 

This part of the state nurtures a surprisingly sophisticated cool-climate wine scene, with a number of vintners growing pinot noir and chardonnay grapes and transforming them into delicious drops — Snowy Mountains sparkling wines regularly take home awards. To enjoy a tasting, stop by cellar doors at Courabyra Wines and Snowy Vineyard & Microbrewery (which is Australia’s coldest cool-climate vineyard), or organise a visit to Mount Tumbarumba Vineyard, open by request.  

Not a wine drinker? Linger over gin, vodka or schnapps made from locally sourced fruit at Thredbo’s Wildbrumby, which has a distillery door, organic raspberry farm and restaurant, overlooking a sculpture garden. Meanwhile, Jindabyne Brewing has a restaurant, bar and tasting room with views across Lake Jindabyne. Find a scenic perch and sip everything from a red ale to a pilsner and wheat beer. 

Orchards surrounding the town of Batlow are the source of some of Australia’s sweetest, crispest apples — there’s a shrine to this fruit here, in the form of the iconic Big Apple statue, while the upcoming picking season is celebrated at the annual Batlow Apple Blossom Festival, every October. Look out for Batlow Cider Co’s oh-so-drinkable ciders, sold in regional restaurants, bars and bottle shops.  

For a hands-on foodie experience, the ecotourism-accredited Eucumbene Trout Farm, between Jindabyne and Cooma, offers a fishing adventure where you cook your catch. And lovers of black truffles can join a truffle hunt at Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines in Cooma during the season (June to September). 

Horse Riding, Snowy Wilderness Resort CREDIT: Destination NSW

A scenic horse ride around the Snowy Wilderness property in Ingebirah, Snowy Mountains.

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Horse Riding, Snowy Wilderness Resort CREDIT: Destination NSW

A scenic horse ride around the Snowy Wilderness property in Ingebirah, Snowy Mountains.

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Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba CREDIT: Destination NSW

Scenic views across Courabyra Wines vineyard in Tumbarumba.

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Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba CREDIT: Destination NSW

Scenic views across Courabyra Wines vineyard in Tumbarumba.

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