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Getting to the Snowy Mountains

Getting to the Snowy Mountains

A number of regular ski bus services run from Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, to Perisher and Thredbo. From Perisher, travellers take a short trip on over-snow transport to Charlotte Pass. Jindabyne, the closest town to Kosciuszko National Park, is an excellent base for exploring the region. The town is a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney, and an additional 40 minutes to Thredbo and Perisher. Plenty of bus and coach services operate between the town and the snowfields. Tumut is the northern gateway to the Snowy Mountains, with regular NSW Trainlink rail/coach services from Sydney and Melbourne. It’s an easy one hour’s drive from here to the Selwyn Snowfields. As there is no accommodation on this part of the mountain, many people choose to stay in the nearby townships of Adaminaby or Talbingo, a short 30- to 40-minute drive from the slopes. Regular flights and intercity trains connect Canberra with other major cities. From Canberra airport and major city bus terminals, frequent winter bus services make the two-and-a-half-hour journey to Perisher and Thredbo. Alpine touring is very popular along the Kosciuszko Alpine Way and the Snowy Valleys Way. Note that special regulations apply in winter within Kosciuszko National Park. If you’re driving a two-wheel-drive vehicle, you must carry snow chains from the June long weekend to the October long weekend. Be sure to check the Bureau of Meteorology weather reports for the Snowy Mountains before setting off.
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By Bus

By Bus

Many bus companies operate from Canberra or Sydney to various towns and villages in the Snowy Mountains. Here are some options: Cooma Coaches • Provide a regular bus service linking the villages and towns of the Snowy Mountains. • Phone: +61 2 6452 4841 • www.coomacoaches.com.au Greyhound • Operate daily services, and extra on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Sydney Central Station to Jindabyne and Thredbo via Bullocks Flat, and from Canberra Airport to the ski resorts. • Phone: 131 499 (Australia wide) • www.greyhound.com.au Murrays Coaches • Operate services from Canberra and Sydney to Thredbo • Phone: 132 251 (Australia wide) • www.murrays.com.au NSW Trainlink • Daily rail/coach service (except Saturdays) from Sydney to Tumbarumba and Tumut • www.nswtrainlink.info Snow Alliance • Operate a scheduled service from Canberra to Thredbo • Phone: 1800 280 121 (Australia wide) • www.snowalliance.com.au Summit Coaches • Operate chartered services from Canberra and Sydney to the NSW ski fields (during snow season only) • Phone: 1800 608 008 • www.shoalhavenshuttle.com/summit-coaches/ Transborder • Operate a daily service from Canberra to Thredbo • Phone: +61 2 6299 3722 • www.transborder.com.au
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By Car

By Car

Most people travel to the region by car as this is the most flexible and rewarding way of exploring the mountains with its diverse and spectacular scenery. • The Snowy Mountains region is well-served by a network of good roads: the Alpine Way runs from Jindabyne to Khancoban; the Snowy Mountains Highway between Tumut and Cooma; the Monaro Highway runs south from Canberra; and the Elliot Way runs from Tumbarumba to Cabramurra. All these routes pass through beautiful landscapes. • From Sydney it's an easy six-hour drive down the Hume Expressway. Before reaching Yass, turn left for Canberra/Cooma and follow the signs to Cooma. (This is a 460 km drive). Upon leaving Cooma, there is an option of taking the Kosciuszko Road to Jindabyne, Thredbo and Perisher Valley, or taking the Snowy Mountains Highway to Adaminaby and on into the northern end of the Kosciuszko National Park. • There is a fee for vehicles using Kosciuszko National Park, with stations on three of the main roads entering the park. There are different prices for summer day and winter day passes per vehicle. • Some minor roads may be unsuitable for caravans and hire cars. Always check road conditions before departure by calling the traffic hotline on 132 701. • It's compulsory to carry properly fitting snow chains if you are driving a two-wheel-drive vehicle from the June long weekend until the October long weekend on the following roads: Kosciuszko Road from the park boundary at Thredbo River; the Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin; and the Island Bend/Guthega Road for its full length.
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Airport

Airport

There are many daily flights to Canberra from Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, with connecting flights from other capital cities Qantas • Phone: 13 13 13 (Australia wide) • Website: www.qantas.com.au Fly Pelican • Phone: +61 2 4965 0111 • Website: www.flypelican.com.au Virgin Blue • Phone: 13 67 89 (Australia wide) • Website: www.virginaustralia.com In winter coach transfers from Canberra Airport to the snow resorts can be arranged. Greyhound • Phone: 1300 473 946 or 1300 GREYHOUND (Australia wide) or international +61 7 4690 9999 • Website: www.greyhound.com.au Transborder • Phone: +61 2 6299 3722 • Website: www.transborder.com.au
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Medical

Medical

Adelong Pharmacy • Address: 109 Tumut St, Adelong, NSW 2729 • Phone: +61 2 6946 2555 Central Chemist • Address: 155 Sharp St, Cooma, NSW 2630 • Phone: +61 2 6452 1599 Hooks Pharmacy • Address: 140-148 Sharp St, Cooma, NSW 2630 • Phone: +61 2 6452 1744 Jindabyne Pharmacy • Address: Nuggets Crossing, Snowy River Ave, Jindabyne, NSW 2627 • Phone: +61 2 6456 2977 Monaro Chemist • Address: 82 Vale St, Cooma, NSW 2630 • Phone: +61 2 6452 1599 Russell St Pharmacy • Address: 20a Russell St, Tumut, NSW 2720 • Phone: +61 2 6947 9886 Tumut Pharmacy • Address: 69 Wynyard St, Tumut, NSW 2720 • Phone: +61 2 6947 1179 Village Pharmacy • Address: Mowamba Place, Thredbo Village, NSW 2625 • Phone: + 61 2 6457 6140
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