Getting to Perisher

Perisher is an ideal winter location. There are several ways to get there. You can travel by car, by air or by coach. No matter what your preference Absolute Alpine will help to get you here.

By AirQantas and Virgin Blue service Canberra Airport from major Australian cities.

By Car  Driving to the Snowy Mountains is one of the most satisfying ways
                       to get there. Either Hire or Drive

By Coach During the winter months there are several bus companies that
                            travel to and from the Snowy Mountains.

By SkiTube Located at Bullocks Flat. The Skitube Alpine Railway is both a
                              convenient and scenic way to travel.


By Road

Current Road Conditions

Absolute Alpine Snow Travel Tips

  • Add antifreeze to your vehicle's radiator
  • Check all tyres have good tread, including the spare
  • Ensure your vehicle's battery is in good condition
  • Carrying snow chains is a legal requirement. Have an under-sheet handy for fitting chains
  • Avoid sudden braking or acceleration on snow or ice
  • Use a Windscreen scraper to de-ice your car windows
  • If in the local area tune your radio to 2XL (FM 96.3 or AM 918) or 97.7 Snow FM for regular updates
  • For up to date road conditions please call the RTA traffic information line on 132 701.
  • Where you can avoid arriving and departing during the busiest times, Friday evenings and Sunday mornings


Driving to Perisher

Your ticket to the divine alpine is only a 6 hour drive from both Sydney and Melbourne. Travelling by car is the most convenient way to travel to the Snowy Mountains. However you do need to be prepared for ALL conditions.


From Time Kms
Sydney 5.5hrs 450kms
Melbourne 6hrs 575kms
Canberra 2.5 hrs 180kms

If you are driving all the way to Perisher Valley, add another 30 minutes on to your driving time. Please be aware that there is NO overnight car parking in Perisher Valley. Some properties do offer onsite car parking, you need to book this in advance as there is a limited amount.

Driving from Sydney & Canberra

Follow the Hume Highway from Sydney then just south of Goulburn take the Federal Highway and travel south to Canberra. This section of the trip is mainly on a divided road. In Canberra follow the signs to the Monaro Highway to Cooma. This road then joins the Kosciuszko Rd that you follow through the town of Berridale and onto Jindabyne. Just past the Jindabyne township take a left onto the Alpine Way to the Ski Tube/Bullocks Flat.You will see the Skitube sign and turn off on your right just before the National Park entry gate. Alternatively you might like to drive all the way to Perisher Valley, instead of turning right on to Alpine Way you simply continue your journey on Kosciuszko Rd.

Driving from Melbourne

Follow the Hume Highway from Melbourne to Wodonga. Take the Murray Valley Highway's Wodonga/Tallangatta exit. After passing Wodonga follow the signs to Tallangatta, again on the Murray Valley Highway. You pass through the village of Koetong onto Corryong. Drive through Corryong and take the "Khancoban" turn-off on your right. Once in Khancoban you are only 76kms from Thredbo. From here the drive is truly spectacular as you take in awesome views of the Main Range and discover the beauty of the Kosciuszko National Park. The roads are clear for most of the year but when a big snowfall hits, chains are required for 2-wheel drive vehicles. Follow the Alpine Way down the mountain and turn Left on to Kosciuszko Road, continue on until you get to Perisher.

Resort Parking & Kosciuszko National Park Entry

Once in the resort you have a choice of fully serviced mountain bases to begin your day's riding. Perisher Valley offers day access by car, parking is free and for day use only. Smiggin Holes may be accessed by car, day parking is free and a free shuttle service operates between Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes between 7:30am and 6pm (and longer during night skiing and boarding).

Guthega can be accessed by car and there is FREE day parking for 60 cars although snow conditions can affect these numbers.

Blue Cow is a day resort and can only be accessed via Skitube from Perisher Valley or Bullocks Flat.

In NSW all 2WD vehicles are legally required to carry chains within the Kosciuszko National Park during the ski season, for 4WD/AWD vehicles it is recommended to carry chains. We recommend that chains be carried in 2WD vehicles even when it is not mandatory as conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Snow Chains can be hired from Alpine Sports

National Parks Entry Fee

Vehicle per Day $29 - Winter

Vehicle per Day $17 - Summer

Annual Pass $190

NSW Pension Concession Card Holders are FOC

Entry into the Kosciuszko National is for each 24hr periond that you are within the park. Permits can be purchased from the Snowy Mountains Visitors Centre in Jindabyne or at the park gate.

Save time.....  Purchase your Annual Pass Online


Skitube is a convenient and innovative train ride from Bullocks Flat through the Ramshead range, into the National Park then onto Perisher Valley. it is then another 7 minutes to Blue Cow. The distance is 8.5km, 6.3km is underground making it one of the longest underground train tunnels in Australia and travelling as deep as 550m underground so it's a great experience in itself. The Bullocks Flat Skitube Terminal is outside the National Park, just off the Alpine Way, 20kms from Jindabyne and offers FREE day and overnight parking at Bullocks Flat. Travel between Perisher and Blue Cow is free with any valid Lift Ticket.

Day Tripping......
Because the Bullocks Flat Terminal is well below the normal snow line and only 20km from Jindabyne, it's an easy drive. Frequent train services run to Perisher Valley and on to Blue Cow. A Skitube pass includes the Kosciuszko National Park entry fee and savings can be made by buying a combined Train and Lift Ticket.  Package & $ave with your next Absolute Alpine holiday. 





On Snow Stays......

On-snow overnight parking at Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega is limited to a few accommodation properties only and we recommend using Skitube to access on snow accommodation. Skitube Alpine Railway is located at Bullocks Flat, 20kms or around 15 minutes drive from Jindabyne via the Alpine Way, with no chains normally required. FREE day parking for 2208 vehicles and overnight parking for 822 vehicles is available here. Skitube from Bullocks Flat accesses Perisher Valley and Blue Cow. Coach services run morning and evening between Jindabyne and Bullocks Flat. Your Skitube Pass includes the National Park Use Fee.

The Bullock Flat carpark is patrolled by security so you don't need to worry about your car, you can just relax and enjoy your holiday!

Please note that luggage restrictions will apply during peak travel periods.

Oversnow Transport

Hans Oversnow can be contacted on (02) 6457 5334 or 0418 485 144 - 24 hours a day. Hans Oversnow is located in the Perisher Skitube Terminal. Oversnow transport is provided to all lodges in Perisher and Smiggins for a charge (depending on how far the lodge is from the Skitube Terminal at Perisher). Additional charges apply after midnight. Bookings are essential for very late arrivals. Some lodges provide their own service.

Free Shuttle Service

A free shuttle service operates between Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes. The shuttle service runs from 7:30am to 6pm and until 10pm Tuesdays and Saturdays during July & August and Tuesdays during September to accommodate for night skiing and boarding. Pick-ups are from the turning circle at Perisher Skitube Terminal and the metal bridge outside the Smiggins Hotel at Smiggin Holes. Shuttles depart approximately every 15 minutes.

Taxi Numbers

Jindabyne Taxi Service 131 008

Hire Car


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By Coach

Countrylink, Snoexpress, Greyhound and Murray's offer regular services from major capital cities and metropolitan centres. For up to date timetables and prices please contact our consultants at Absolute Alpine 1300 278 483.

By Air

Qantas and Virgin Blue service Canberra Airport from major Australian cities.
Canberra Airport is a 2.5 hour drive from Thredbo. Bookings can be made at:

Qantas:  |  13 13 13
Virgin Blue:  |  13 67 89