Australia is best known for its beaches, deserts and outback, but did you know that it’s also home to some of the world’s most stunning ski areas? There are many different resorts across Australia, that you can all visit on a hired car from any Australian city. Well, these are the top ten.
Ben Lomond (Tasmania)
Ben Lomond is a mountain in Tasmania, Australia. It is also a ski resort on that mountain and one of the few resorts in Australia. Ben Lomond has been open since 1984 and offers some great terrain for all skill levels. The resort offers both downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as snowboarding during the winter months (June – August).
Ben Lomond is known for its snow quality, which can range from firm to soft depending on conditions at any given time during the season; however, it’s typically quite good!
Mount Mawson is a ski resort in the Australian state of Tasmania. It is located in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and is relatively small compared to other Australian ski resorts. There are only two lifts, one triple chairlift and one rope tow; these services allow skiers to reach a single slope that descends down from 1,350 meters (4,420 ft) above sea level to 800 meters (2,600 ft). Mount Mawson is run by volunteers from April through October every year when conditions allow it to open for visitors
Corin Forest is a small ski resort located in the Victorian Alps, which are part of Australia’s Great Dividing Range. It has a variety of terrain for all levels of skier and snowboarder, including beginner runs that are suitable for those who have never skied before. The more experienced skiers will enjoy steep tree-lined runs as well as intermediate slopes that lead down to the village at the bottom where you can stop for lunch or have a drink at one of many cafes or bars.
The family friendly atmosphere makes Corin Forest an ideal place for families with children as there are plenty of activities available such as sledging down one of three hills or snowboarding lessons on beginner slopes with qualified instructors who will ensure everyone has fun while learning how to ride safely! There are also tobogganing areas where you can let your kids go crazy while they slide down bumpy tracks full speed ahead!
Bimberi Nature Reserve
Located in the Australian Capital Territory, Bimberi Nature Reserve is a protected area that covers approximately 1,830 hectares and lies west of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and north-west of Canberra, which you can explore with a local guide before going skiing. The area was established in 1975 as part of Australia’s National Park System.
Bimberi means “place where oaks grow” in an Aboriginal language meaning “oak forest”. The reserve has two main tracks that are open to visitors: one leading from Mount Stromlo Road through subalpine woodland; another along Mount Franklin Creek which includes middens (ancient Aboriginal rubbish tip) dating back thousands of years before European settlement.
Namadgi National Park
Namadgi National Park is located in the Australian Capital Territory, near Canberra where you can rent a car to reach this wonderful location. It’s one of the largest national parks in Australia and is known for its wildflowers and alpine scenery. There are a number of trails for hiking and mountain biking, as well as many camping areas throughout Namadgi National Park to enjoy your stay with friends or family!
Charlotte Pass is a ski resort in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It is located approximately 100 kilometres south of Jindabyne and 150 kilometres north of Cooma. The nearest sealed road is the Kosciuszko Road which connects Thredbo with Charlotte Pass via Perisher Valley and Mount Selwyn.
The area has been developed from an existing cattle station since 1952 by successive owners: firstly by Carl Smith who built one lift; then sold to Peter Scott who added another two lifts; finally sold to Ken Cowan who built an additional four chairlifts plus other facilities such as snowmaking equipment.
Perisher Blue is the largest ski resort in Australia, located in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. The resort has 50 lifts and 220 runs, including Australia’s longest run–the Corkscrew (6km). The vertical drop at Perisher Blue is 1,223 metres (4,000 feet).
Selwyn snowfields is a ski resort in Victoria, Australia. It’s located on the slopes of Mount Hotham and has four ski lifts: two chairlifts, one rope tow and one poma lift. The resort offers facilities for beginners as well as advanced skiers with a vertical drop of 700 metres (2,300 feet).
Thredbo is a ski resort in New South Wales, Australia. It’s located about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Canberra and has access to some of the best snow conditions in the country. The town itself is known for its hiking trails and golf courses, but it also houses Australia’s largest ski resort with plenty of runs for beginners or experienced skiers alike.
Thredbo offers beginner skiers lessons through its Learn to Ski program, which takes place over five days at a cost of $795 AUD ($555 USD). After completing this course, you’ll be able to hit the slopes on your own without needing assistance from instructors anymore!
Kosciuszko National Park
Kosciuszko National Park is a national park located in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It is Australia’s largest national park and the largest wilderness area in the country.
Kosciuszko National Park was established on 26 April 1967 by combining Mount Kosciuszko State Forest (which had been established in 1908) with Neechs Reserve (formerly known as The Murrumbidgee Game Reserve).
The best ski areas in Australia
- Ben Lomond (Tasmania)
- Mount Mawson (Queensland)
- Corin Forest (Victoria)
- Bimberi Nature Reserve (New South Wales)
- Namadgi National Park (Australian Capital Territory)
Charlotte Pass is one of Australia’s best-known ski resorts, but it’s actually located in New South Wales. The same goes for Perisher Blue and Selwyn Snowfields, which are also found in this state. The country’s most popular ski areas are concentrated here: Thredbo, Perisher Blue and Selwyn snowfields all boast a total of over 100 runs!
There are many great ski areas in Australia, but we think that the ones listed above are the best. They have some of the best snow in the country, as well as amazing views and facilities for skiers and snowboarders alike.