Australian Ski Resorts. Australia Skiing Holidays.
Australia has modern ski resorts and facilities and extensive skiable areas in the South Eastern States (New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania) between ~1250 to 2200 meters altitude. The most popular ski resorts of Australia include Falls Creek, Mount Buffalo, Mount Baw Baw, Mount Buller and Mount Hotham in the state of Victoria; Selwyn Snowfields, Thredbo, Perisher Blue and Charlotte Pass in New South Wales; Ben Lomond and Mount Mawson in Tasmania.
Snow sports in Australia started at the gold-rush town of Kiandra in New South Wales and the country’s first ski club was established there in 1861. The first ski tow was built near Mount Buffalo, Victoria in 1936. Nowadays, the Australian winter destinations attract thousands of skiers and snowboarders each year.
Australia Cross-Country & Back-Country Skiing
The Kosciuszko Main Range in the Snowy Mountains of NSW provides with some the most challenging cross-country and back-country skiing. The Mount Jagungal wilderness area offers a very isolated back-country ski tracks with cozy mountain huts.
Dedicated Cross Country skiing areas are found at Lake Mountain, Mount Sterling and Mount Saint Gwinear in the state of Victoria and well known terrains for back country snowsports and ski touring are situated in the Alpine National Park, Yarra Ranges National Park and the Baw Baw National Park. These are Mount Bogong, Mount Feathertop, Bogong High Plains, Mount Howitt, Mount Reynard and Snowy Plains.
Also Cross-Country skiing can be available in the Brindabella Ranges, situated west of Canberra, in the Australia Capital Territory, and featuring Namadgi National Park and Bimberi Nature Reserve. Cross Country skiing is also practiced at Mount Gingera, above the country’s capital - Canberra.
When the snow conditions allow, Tasmania also provide with cross country skiing in the UNESCO World Heritage listed area around Cradle Mountain.
Australian Mountains and Alpine Regions
The Australian Mountains and high regions have unique flora and fauna, from which of interest to travellers could be wombats, wallabies, echidnas, and the Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora). The Alpine areas are subject to environmental protection, hence the limited commercial development of skiable terrain, but still Australia has an extensive cross country terrain to offer.