Escape to the Snowy Mountains: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay and Play

Pack the car, hire your ski gear and spend a fun winter weekend on the slopes.

Image: Thredbo

This year, we’re all about embracing winter – and that means escaping to the snow! The Snowy Mountains to be exact. Till September, NSW’s ski resorts transform into a magical winter wonderland, attracting snow bunnies, adventurers and après ski enthusiasts in their droves.

If you’re heading to Perisher, Thredbo, or Charlotte Pass, do the snow like a pro with our ultimate ski season wrap-up. Here’s our hand-picked guide to a whimsical weekend in the Snowy Mountains.

*In light of COVID19 restrictions, be sure to check out the respective ski fields website and socials for up-to-date information before planning your trip to the snow.

Photo Credit - Thredbo

THREDBO

In all its natural beauty Thredbo is an adventure destination that attracts hikers, rock climbers and cross-country cyclists year-round. But when winter sets in, it’s Thredbo’s 50 plus ski runs that takes centre stage. With an influx of skiers and boarders, you need to get in quick to book in a snow weekend at Thredbo.

Eat & Drink

IN RESORT

Crackenback Farm

Award-winning French-style cooking reigns supreme at this romantic mountain hideaway. 

914 Alpine Way, Thredbo Valley

Central Road 2625

One of Thredbo’s best coffee spots, Central Road has taken its cues from the best – the Brunswick best, so don’t expect to leave disappointed. You’ll be spoilt with spectacular mountainside views and hearty, moreish eats – we’re talking breakfast stacks, warming soups, and towering Reuben sarnies.

Thredbo Village Square, Thredbo Village (Takeaway only till 6th July)

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The Denman

Tucked inside The Denman, The Terrace is a Snowy Mountains must. French-European dishes await along with floor-to-ceiling windows that boast stunning snow-specked vistas. And for after-dinner fun, the après at Aprés is second-to-none.

21 Diggings Terrace, Thredbo Village

Alpine Bar

One of Thredbo’s most popular post-piste hangouts, this après-ski spot features fire pits, an outdoor heated pool and spa, and of course a whole lot of fun. 

Thredbo Alpine Hotel, 8 Friday Dr, Thredbo 

T-Bar

A Thredbo institution, this restaurant-slash-bar is as cosy as it gets, with a moreish menu to match. Think woodfired pizzas, pastas and hearty mains – the braised beef cheek and slow-cooked lamb are to-die-for – best enjoyed in front of the roaring fireplace.  

1 Mowamba Place, Thredbo Village

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Cascades Restaurant

Head to Cascades for delicious food and sweeping views of the rugged snow-capped mountains.

Friday Drive, Thredbo

Sante Churrasco

For a Brazilian-style barbecue fix in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, Sante Currasco ticks every box.  Make sure you go hungry, because at this grillhouse, the meals are generous.

Village SquareThredbo

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ON THE MOUNTAIN

Merrits Mountain House

For a slopeside pit stop, Merritts Mountain House, perched above the village at 1660 metres, is the ideal hangout. Cosy up on the outdoor heated deck with a hot gluhwein and Bratwurst in hand. Alpine action at its finest.

Merritts Double Chair, Thredbo

Kareela Hutte

Perched on the Crackenback Supertrail, the only way to get to Kareela is via skis or snowboard. When you’re there, you’ll be rewarded with European mains, charcuterie and antipasto platters, fine wines, and if you’re lucky, some buzzy live music.

Supertrail, Thredbo 

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Eagles Nest

Watch the world go by – in miniature form – at Australia’s highest restaurant, which is open year-round. Views (and bragging rights) aside, the modern Australian menu is delicious. 

Top Of Kosciuszko Chairlift Kosciuszko Express, Quad Chair, Thredbo

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FURTHER AFIELD 

Wildbrumby Distillery Door & Café

Warm up at Wildbrumby’s distillery door and work your way through some – or all, depending on how much time you have – of their award-winning schnapps and gins. Located half way between Jindabyne and Thredbo on the Alpine Way, Wildbrumby is the ideal stop off, with boozy tipples, a café that serves an array of Austrian-inspired delicacies – guaranteed to get you in the true Alpine spirit – and a contemporary sculpture garden for a scenic post-lunch stroll.

Corner of Wollondibby Road and the Alpine Way, Jindabyne

Shut the Gate

Bringing their small batch blends to the Snowy Mountains, Shut The Gate’s Berridale cellar door and providore is well worth a visit. Sample their critically acclaimed selection of drops – the pinot gris and barbera come highly recommended – along with a selection of locally sourced deli nibbles.

39 Jindabyne Rd, Berridale

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Birchwood Café

Healthy, wholesome and delicious, this Jindabyne eatery ticks every diet box – from gluten-free to vegan, and everything in between. The artfully presented plates are a true masterpiece too – a colour explosion in culinary form, with no compromise on flavour. Breakfast is essential – think corn tortillas topped with pulled pork and poached eggs; steaming Sri Lankan bowls of spiced dahl and beetroot curry; and green eggs with zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms and sourdough dippers – whilst lunch sets the scene with cauliflower and corn falafels, stacked beef burgers and pimped up gruyère cheese toasties. So worth the 30-minute drive.

Shop 3/3 Gippsland Street, Jindabyne

Alpine Larder

Effortlessly rustic, Alpine Larder beckons with its down-to-earth menu of woodfired pizzas, pastas, burgers and hand-tossed salads, and its warming wintry fireplace. Will away an afternoon and gaze out at the romantic snow-covered backdrop. Bliss. 

Lake Crackenback, 1650 Alpine Way, Crackenback 

Things to Do

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Snowshoeing with K7 Adventures  

Enjoy the snowy landscape of Thredbo on a scenic snowshoe tour with K7 Adventures. They offer a number of different routes; start with a walk to Porcupine Rocks, at the top of Crackenback Range, which has excellent views along the Thredbo Valley.

Wind down at Thredbo Leisure Centre

If skiing isn’t your style, Thredbo Leisure Centre caters to all your fitness needs with an indoor pool, squash courts and gym. 

Open daily 7am-6pm

Thredbo Village, Friday Drive, Thredbo 

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Soak up the Views With Scenic Gondola Rides

Be it summer or winter, the spectacular views of Kosciuszko National Park’s rocky mountains are guaranteed to take your breath away – whatever the season. Take a scenic 20-minute trip to the top of the gondola station, stopping off for a hearty feed at the much-loved Merritts Mountain House restaurant.

One-day Merrits gondola pass, from $42 per adult

Stay

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The Eastern Thredbo Village

The go-to slopeside getaway, this beautiful boutique is shaking things up on Thredbo’s accommodation scene. Minimalistic in design, this Nordic style hideaway is the ultimate in stylish retreats with rustic reclaimed woods, Italian stone-clad bathrooms and a soft white colour palette to mimic the snowy setting outside. Choose from the spacious Cedar Cabin nestled on the banks of Thredbo River (sleeps two), or the stunningly intimate Oak Apartment, set amongst Australian silvergums on the foothills of Mount Kosciuszko, that has romance written all over it.

Cedar Cabin from$750per night Fri–Sat;  $700 per night Sun-Thurs (peak winter)

Oak Apartment from$670 per night Fri–Sat; $630 per night Sun–Thu(peak winter)

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Paringa Chalet2

This luxury eight-bedroom loft chalet is located close to the Supertrail on Crackenback Ridge, so you can ski down to the Kosciuszko Express chairlift from your door. It’s also a pretty nifty find with gorgeous décor, a sauna, spa, log fire, spacious kitchen, and snuggly living room that’s made for post-slopes lounging. Perfect for group get togethers.

From $6,047 per night, sleeps 8

Crakenback Ridge, Thredbo

Granite Peaks 5

Set in an idyllic location surrounded by snowy bushland, this sleek alpine apartment is within walking distance of Thredbo’s local delights.

From $680 per night, sleeps 5

Kosciuszko National Park, Thredbo

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Lake Crackenback

Burrowed in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, about half way between Jindabyne and Thredbo on the Alpine Way, Lake Crackenback Resort is surrounded by 60 hectares of gentle slopes, glistening lakes and streams, towering snowgums and adventurous bush tracks. This is alpine living in its purist form. Boasting a mix of slick chalets and lakeside apartments, each spread out spaciously among the trees and grassy slopes, Lake Crackenback promises seclusion and style in equal measure. 

Soak up the mountainous landscapes – be sure to catch the breathtaking sunset from your private balcony, it’s truly magnificent – then snuggle up beside the flickering fireplace with a glass of Shiraz. The perfect fix after a hard day on the slopes.

Standard studio (sleeps 2) from $310 per night

1650 Alpine Way, Crackenback

Crackenback Farm

Much-loved by locals for its rustic farmhouse vibe, Crackenback Farm’s cosy mountain hideaway is as boho as it is beautiful – think Persian rugs, vintage artwork and deep sofas and armchairs strategically placed next to the roaring fireplace. French home-style cooking reigns supreme, and there’s a well-stocked bar where you can fix yourself a tipple of your choice post-dinner, followed by board games next to the fire.

From $580 per room per night in peak season

914 Alpine Way, Thredbo Valley, Snowy Mountains


PERISHER

The largest resort in the southern hemisphere, this Australian favourite, located in NSW's picturesque Kosciuszko National Park, boasts an expansive terrain – 1245 hectares to be exact – that connects the nearby ski areas of Guthega, Blue Cow, Perisher and Smiggin Holes, via 47 lifts (with another swanky new four-person lift in the making

With five terrain parks, two X Rider courses, plus a full and mini half-pipe, Perisher is a mecca for freestylers, but there are plenty of varied runs to suit all ages and abilities. From the undulating runs of Guthega, to the steeps of Mt Perisher, this snowy paradise offers a smorgasbord of adventurous flavour. 

Eat & Drink

Photo Credit - The Man From Snowy River
The Man From Snowy River

For hearty, gourmet pub grub all afternoon, this lounge bar more than delivers. Come night time, head to the dining room to indulge in the two- or three-course set menu. 

Perisher Valley 

Mid-Perisher Centre

A perfect post-ski afternoon tea stop, the Mid-Perisher Centre is famous for their decadent take on the humble hot chocolate. If you have a sweet tooth, you will appreciate the marshmallow and chocolate bar toppings. For adults, add in a nip of liquor to help with the winter chill – Frangelico does the trick!

Mid Station Perisher Centre

Guthega Inn

Warm up with a hearty pub lunch at Guthega Inn. It’s also licensed, just in case you’re kicking off your après-ski session a little early.

57 Mount Tate Road, Guthega

Aldo’s

From bacon and egg rolls in the morning to handmade pizzas and pastas at lunch, Aldo’s is a lively local haunt for good reason. 

Upper Level, Perisher Ski Tube Terminal

The White Spider

At the Eiger Chalet, this casual eatery dishes up Modern Australian classics and live music most nights, and is a great vantage point for the fireworks over Front Valley.

1 Wheatley Rd, Perisher Valley

The Snow Gums Restaurant

Dining with fussy eaters? Or a group with varied dining requirements? Located at the Perisher Valley Hotel, this restaurant puts on a gourmet buffet that’s bound to please everyone. 

Perisher Blue Cow Link Road, Perisher Valley

Smiggins Hotel

At this popular ski-in, ski-out spot, you can soak up the sun on the deck with a drink in hand, or time your visit on a Wednesday night to listen to live music. 

Perisher Valley

Alpine Eyre Kiosk

After a day on the slopes, this kiosk’s reasonably priced burgers, beer and sunny outdoor area beckon.

Kosciuszko Road, Perisher Valley

Base 1720

In the Perisher Manor Hotel, this bar-slash-restaurant is perfect for post-piste cocktails, à la carte lunches and three-course dinners alike. Nab a seat in front of the roaring fireplace and settle in for the evening. 

13 Burramys Road, Perisher Valley

Jax Chargrill

Sometimes, you just need a steak. When the cravings hit, head to Jax, which has a range of cuts on offer – and you can even cook your own. 

Perisher Valley 

Sundance

In NSW’s ski scene, Sundance is famous for its pastries, pies, cakes and salad rolls, so stop by for lunch or a snack in between runs.  

Perisher Centre, Jindabyne, Bullocks Flat

Things to Do

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Go on a backcountry tour

Discover the best views of the Snowy Mountains via a Backcountry tour. Not for the faint hearted, let the guide take you to new heights, as you discover what is beyond the resort boundary. First time? Don’t stress, there are different courses for all levels.

From $250pp

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Mountain Dew Presents Neon Night Skiing & Boarding

Don your brightest neon kit while you board and ski under the stars each Tuesday and Saturday night.

June- September

Tuesday and Saturday nights, 6pm-9pm

$38 Adults, Children free with valid day ticket

Front Valley

Stay

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Fifteen minutes from Perisher, this chic resort has spacious rooms and a luxe day spa that specialises in soothing sore skiing muscles.  

From $310 per night (minimum stays apply)

1650 Alpine Way, Crackenback

The Retreat

This cosy, family-friendly holiday lodge is dotted with homely comforts to make your stay comfortable, as well as underfloor heating to keep you warm and toasty on those chilly wintry evenings.

From $480 per night

Crackenback

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Tinkersfield's Field Huts

With beautiful high-country vistas, this intimate property with three eco guest cabins will set your design-loving hearts aflutter. Inspired by the historic cattleman huts that were once dotted throughout the scenic surrounds, these rustic, and warm cabins boast panoramic windows, a fireplace and rain shower.

From $275 per night

Crackenback

The Stables

Perisher’s most stylish on-snow apartments, The Stables has studios, lodge chalets, and one-bedroom suites on offer where you can wake up to sweeping views over the Valley. 

From $999 (2 nights)

20 Candle Heath Road, Perisher Valley

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Numbananga Lodge

The jewel of Perisher’s ski-in, ski-out scene, this family-friendly alpine lodge has all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, and the location is unbeatable. 

From $1200 per night

Kosciuszko National Park

Barrakee Lodge

With ski-in, ski-out access to North Perisher and clean, comfortable rooms, this lodge is a low-key gem. If the panoramic views don’t seal the deal, the paddock-to-plate restaurant will. 

From $306 per night (minimum stays apply)

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Forty Nine Post Office Lane

An architectural dream, Forty Nine Post Office Lane is one of Crackenback’s most sought-after homestays. Perfect for families, couples and groups, the four-bedroom home offers all your creature comforts – generous lounge and fully stocked kitchen – along with stunning design elements like the suspended fireplace.

From $990 per night

49 Post Office Lane, Crackenback

The Lodge

Spacious yet warm, The Lodge is the perfect stress-free winter home. With underfloor heating throughout, you won’t feel the winter chill and the oversized lounge room provides the perfect indoor space for some après ski entertaining.

From $600 per night

Crackenback

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CHARLOTTE PASS

The highest snow resort in Australia, Charlotte Pass provides the perfect Snowy Mountains setting for an adventurous ski weekend in the snow. Calling the majestic Kosciuszko National Park home, you can ski, board, hike, jump and toboggan your way down the mountain. Whether you want to explore back country on snowshoe, or indulge in the après lifestyle at the resort, Charlotte Pass covers all bases. 

Eat & Drink

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The Chalet Restaurant

Locally sourced produce is the shining star at this restaurant, which serves a country-style buffet breakfast and a la carte dinner.

Charlotte Pass Village, Charlotte Pass

Adam’s Cocktail Lounge

Open for après ski every afternoon, you can sink into a leather couch by the crackling fire while listening to live jazz. The lounge hosts an afternoon high tea, too.

Charlotte Pass Village, Charlotte Pass

The Cellar

With pool tables, a dancefloor and live music from Wednesday to Saturday, The Cellar is a guaranteed good time – and it’s open till late. Monday nights are dedicated to bingo, and Tuesdays to trivia.

Charlotte Pass Village, Charlotte Pass

Things to do

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Freestyle Terrain Park

For those after an extreme sports experience, take a lap of the Freestyle Terrain Park. Put your skills to the test and take on the jumps and rails for maximum air.

Charlotte Pass Winter Festival

Come August, locals and visitors alike converge on Charlotte Pass for the annual Winter Festival. From the outdoor ice bar and flare run, to the daily BBQ and spectacular fireworks display, the Winter Festival provides the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of a snowy winter.

August 2020 (Dates TBC)

Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel

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Night Skiing

Board and ski under the stars each Wednesday and Saturday night for the Night Ski session – free with every valid lift pass.

Onesie Wednesday

Take your style queues from the Charlotte Pass team and don your favourite onesie each Wednesday.


Keen to get on the slopes after reading our guide to a weekend in the Snowy Mountains? Be sure to check out our favourites places toeat and drink in Thredbo and things to do in Jindabyne.

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