Winter is well and truly here with temperatures falling to 2 degrees in parts of the city just last week. Many surrounding areas are expected to receive snowfall in the coming months. If you’re an avid skier or just want to experience snowfall, you don’t have to go too far from Sydney for a snowy adventure. There are heaps of places in NSW where you can experience cosy nights by the fireplace, exciting ski trips and hot cocoa by the window. Here are some of the best places to see snow near Sydney.
1. The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains are a splendid escape any time of the year. But if you love snow and don’t want to venture too far from the city, this should be top of your list. Taking public transport is advisable as the roads get congested quick and can be a bit dangerous. From light flurries to heavy snowfall, you can expect to enjoy snow between the months of June and October. Spots to hit in the Blue Mountains: Katoomba, Blackheath and Mount Victoria.
2. The Snowy Mountains
The aptly-named Snowy Mountains are a delight to visit. 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 Australians flock to when the cold hits and you can rest assured it won’t disappoint if you’re trying to get a glimpse of snow near Sydney.
Orange is about 250 kms away from Sydney and popular for its vivid foliage during Autumn but it also knows how to put on a show during the colder months. If you enjoy kicking back and a bit of TLC — this is the place to head to. The bar culture is also amazing and you’ll likely stumble upon a cosy bar with a crackling fireplace in most parts of town.
Perisheris located about 5.5 hours away from Sydney and is a pretty popular holiday destination for Australians. With four major ski resorts linked together, Perisher is 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 up to Oberon. Pro tip for Instagram aficionados — make sure to stop at one of the pine plantations near Oberon for an epic shot. You won’t be disappointed.