Snow days are the best days.
Sydney recorded its coldest day in 37 years on June 10 with many parts of NSW blanketed with snow. And many other areas are expected to receive snowfall in the coming days. If you’re an avid skier or just want to experience snowfall, you don’t have to go too far from home. There are heaps of places in NSW and the outskirts where you can experience cosy nights by the fireplace, exciting ski trips, hot cocoa by the window and long, snowy walks.
Here are some of the best places close to Sydney where you can eat, drink, be merry and enjoy snowfall in all its beauty.
1. The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains don’t disappoint any time of the year. But if you love snow and don’t want to venture too far from the city, this should be your go-to place. Pro tip- taking public transport is advisable as the roads get congested quick and can be a bit dangerous. You can expect snowfalls between the months of June and October — right from light flurries to heavy snowfall, there’s something for everyone.
2. The Snowy Mountains
The aptly-named Snowy Mountains are a delight to experience. They’re also pretty expansive so you’ll want to decide what suits your needs the best. Nestled between Sydney and Melbourne, the best time to visit The Snowy Mountains is between June to October. There are plenty of ski resorts in Thredbo and Charlotte Pass to choose from. Adventure enthusiasts can also indulge in other outdoor activities such as mountain biking and hiking. This is the place Australian’s flock to when the cold hits and you can rest assured it won’t disappoint.
Orange is about 250 kms away from Sydney and popular for its vivid foliage during Autumn, amazing food and drinks but most of all how gorgeous it gets in the colder months. If you’re not much of an adventure buff and like kicking back and taking in the view — this is the place to head to. The bar culture is also amazing and you’re likely to find a cosy bar with a cackling fire place in most areas of the city.
Perisher is a popular snow holiday destination for Australians and situated about 5.5 hours away from Sydney. With four major ski resorts linked together, Perisher is also the largest ski resort in the country. It also pulls all the stops to give you an epic winter adventure. With outdoor activities galore, right from snowboarding to skiing to mountain climbing — this is the IT place to be if you want to go all out with your snow adventures. Perisher has a great number of resorts and cafes in the area plus bars with outstanding views of the valley.
5. Corin Forest
About 4 hours away from Sydney, Corin Forest is located in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges just about 45 minutes away from Canberra. It also provides for a great winter experience if you don’t want to travel too far from the city. The fact that it is located in a pretty secluded valley only adds to the magic of Corin Forest. Adventure sports enthusiasts will find heaps to do here. There are also plenty of public transport options from Sydney if you’re not confident about driving in the snow.
Oberon is the ideal winter getaway especially if you’re looking for some quiet downtime, away from the city. If outdoor activities aren’t really your thing and you’d much rather stay warm indoors while still experiencing the magic of winter up close — head over to Oberon. Pro tip for instagram aficionados — head over to one of pine plantations near Oberon for an epic Insta shot. You won’t be disappointed.
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