Winter is coming... And the snow just got closer.
The Sunshine State is home to a surprising number of snow bunnies and powder hounds and, just in time to help us ‘Holiday Here this Year’, Qantas has launched new flights from Brisbane to the Australian Alps.
From 1 July to 26 September this year, Qantas will fly two times weekly from Brisbane to Cooma-Snowy Mountains Airport and three times weekly from Brisbane to Albury Wodonga, landing Queensland skiers and snowboarders in the heart of Australia’s winter playgrounds.
If you are planning on hitting the slopes this Aussie ski season, peak travel time is generally between late June to early September and to help you decide which snow fields to visit, here's our top three locations.
Perisher, NSW: Planes, trains and snowmobiles
The famous Skitube Alpine railway, which burrows under the Ramshead Range to deliver you to Perisher Village, starts less than an hour by road from Snowy Mountains Airport.
Perisher is the biggest ski resort in the Southern hemisphere and Australia's highest. Bringing together the four base areas of Perisher, Smiggins, Blue Cow and Guthega there is something for all skiing abilities and interests. Whether your thing is Neon Night Skiing with the kids, getting amongst the snow gums in the backcountry, dipping a knee doing Nordic or testing your limits on black diamond runs, Perisher is the location with the lot.
Thredbo, NSW: The European ski village at the foot of Kosciusko
It’s a shade over an hour of Australia’s most scenic drive from Snowy Mountains Airport to Thredbo Village. The road rises above the snowline and into Kosciuszko National Park to where, were it not for the colourful trunks of the snow gums and the odd wallaby, you would swear you had made it to a village in Austria just in time for Apres. Thredbo village lines the valley with restaurants, retail and relaxation crafted in a classy European style.
Thredbo has serious ski cred too, with the longest run and steepest terrain in Australia, and a knack for winning Best Ski Resort in Australia from World Ski Magazine four times running, you're guaranteed to find your happy winter place on these slopes.
Victorian Alps: Easy access through Albury Airport
Victoria’s big three resorts of Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek all sit about two hours up the road from Albury Airport. The Victorian mountains offer great skiing for all skill levels, on-piste and apres activities in stunning scenery and accommodation styles to suit all tastes and budgets. Brisbane to Albury flights will operate three days per week, allowing for flexible plans, be it a weekend away or as many days as you need to explore the Victorian high country on skis.
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