Kosiuszko National Park offers year round fun and adventure in the Snowy Mountains.  The park spoils you with snow sports, walks and mountain biking in the Snowy Mountains. There is so much fun on offer that we hope we can inspire you to come visit. We understand that holidays are precious and you want to have a plan before you leave home. Check out some of the many highlights in the below.

Please feel free to ask questions, if you want to get in touch directly, please email rosemary@sponars.com.au or you may like to join the Facebook Group Year Round Adventures in the Snowy Mountains. Click Here

eBiking in the Snowy Mountains

Life is better on a mountain bike and with mountains like these an ebike is smart choice. A five day ebiking tour is a fantastic way to explore the park. Start and finish each day at Sponars Chalet. Embark on a completely different adventure each day. Experience the top of Australia, explore the huts of the Jagungal Wilderness, speed along the single track of the TVT, spot deer along Wragges Creek and discover the billabongs out of Island Bend.

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Walking In The Snowy Mountains

Spring, summer or autumn, the Perisher areas spoils you with an incredible variety of walks. Climb Mount Kosciuszko, take a gentle stroll by a mountain stream, discover historic huts, or tackle a challenging hike across the rooftop of Australia. 

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Alpine Lakes In the Snowy Mountains

There is something magic about alpine lakes. We have our own alpine lake in front of the chalet but we have at least three others for you to visit.

It's an incredible hike out of Charlottes Pass to Blue Lake along The Main Range Walk. This is an iconic hike that promises stunning views of the mountains, beautiful unique flora and a complete sense of awe in what Mother Nature has created.

Rainbow Lake walking track is a short and easy walk for the whole family, with great opportunities for picnicking, bird watching, and enjoying the fresh mountain air. It is close by and 2.5km return.

Illawong walk is a gorgeous 5km return walk. It begins in the charming Guthega Village and follows along the Snowy River through alpine heath and towering, majestic snow gums, all the way up to Illawong Hut, one of the oldest buildings still standing in the park. Walk or swim in the cool waters of Snowy River when the weather is hot, or picnic among the wildflowers of alpine mint, billy buttons, and native yam daisies, just to name a few.

Road Cycling in the Snowy Mountains

The Snowy Mountains region is an amazing place to enjoy road cycling at every fitness level. The quality road surfaces, incredible views, light traffic and challenging climbs are all a great attraction for roads cyclists. Here are 3 to look at depending on your fitness level.

  • Col De Kosciusczko is a world classic ride up to Charlottes Pass Lookout. From Sponars Chalet it is  34.4 km return. Great altitude training and of course you can go down before you go up.
  • Berridale  Loop 60km. Leaving from the Eucumbene Road bus stop, head out 16km and turn right onto Rocky Plains Road then right at the next intersection (a further 20km) at Middlingbank Road which will take you into Berridale. Turn right in Berridale at Kosciuszko Road and return to your car via Varney’s Range. A moderate loop with some enjoyable flat sections. 
  • The Dalgety Loop is a mostly undulating 85km loop set amongst the farmland with some moderate climbs. Take the Barry Way at the big round-a-bout in Jindabyne and about 4km south along the road (the Station turn-off), turn left onto Snowy River Way towards Dalgety. Along the way is a very steep downhill section (tough if you do the loop in reverse) before a steady undulating ride to the Dalgety township. In Dalgety, turn left after the bridge and head to Berridale then left in Berridale and back to Jindabyne on Kosciuszko Road.

Walking Back In Time Hotel Kosciusko

Australia's first planned alpine resort was built by the NSW government on this site known as Hotel Kosciusko. The official opening was 7th June 1909. It was big and it was grand with golf, tennis, fishing, croquet, ice skating and 17 ski runs.  The present day Sponars Chalet was constructed from the staff quarters of the Hotel Kosciusko. Pick up a map from reception and follow a walk back in time to catch a glimpse of the pomp and grandeur.

You may like to find out a bit more with the newly published book 'Hotel Kosciusko'. Researched and written by Donald A. Johnston, Heritage Architect, for the Perisher Historical Society, it contains over 300 pages detailing the Hotel’s life, many rare photographs, maps, brochures, architectural plans and Hotel memorabilia. Order your copy here 

Wild Brumby Distillery

Situated in the heart of the Australian high country between Jindabyne and Thredbo, Wildbrumby is the highest distillery in Australia. They offer free schnapps & gin tasting daily 10am-5pm.

Jindabyne Brewing

There was movement everywhere, for the word had passed around.That the beer from Jindy brewing was now here
And the lovers of the hops & malt were flocking to the town
For the sound of glasses clinking full of beer
Enjoy a pilsner, a lager, or even a pale ale
All brewed from the fresh local water
After hiking, biking, skiing, fishing or a sail
The quality of the brew will never falter
The mountains, the lake, its all here you know…
And the beauty of beer in its natural surrounds
Its as refreshing and as pure as the wind driven snow
No doubt you will absolutely love what you have found!!

My Favourite Playground

Perisher ski resort is Australia's most popular snow holiday destination & the southern hemispheres largest. It contains 4 resort areas and 47 lifts.  To get your ski tickets and find out more visit the Perisher Website. Click here

SnowShoe Adventures

Wilderness Sports offer guided snowshoe adventures . Click Here.

Check out

  • The Mount Wheatley Explorer @ Perisher

Go beyond the resort boundaries and take a stroll into the winter wonderland of Kosciuszko National Park with its unique snow gums and Alpine wilderness.

  • Porcupine Rocks Adventure @ Perisher
Full day adventure exploring the snow gums and granite features on route to Porcupine Rocks lookout and Mt Wheatley environs.  Stroll at your own pace. More time to take in the views and explore the snow gums, away from the crowds and experiencing the unique snowy wilderness and winter wonderland of Kosciuszko  National Park.
 
  • The Roof of Australia. 

A journey to the top of Australia. One of the "Seven Summits" and a unique winter challenge.  Mt Kosciuszko (2228 metres) can be a challenging destination & is 6.5 km from the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chair or 9 km from Charlottes Pass and return.

 

Cross Country Skiing

Wilderness Sports offers a range of packages from hiring equipment to private lessons and tours. 

Two bucket list winners are;

  1. Skiing down Mount Kosciuszko. A challenging but very exhilarating day. 
  2. Fancy Dress Cross Country on the nordic trail with a group of friends or family. Choose a sunny day, don your fancy dress, pack your snacks, pick up your cross country hire gear from Wilderness Sports then head out along the nordic track. Lots of laughs and lots of spills guaranteed.

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Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing & Waterskiing

Take in the tranquility and fresh mountain air on one of Australia's highest lakes. You can choose between sailing, kayaking, canoeing or waterskiing. We partner with Sacred Ride to offer activities that will allow you to make the most of the high country.