While we love our cold and snowy winters, spring in the Snowy Mountains means warmer temperatures, sunnier days and an even greater chance to experience what this unique part of Australia has to offer. Here are just a few of the fantastic activities to enjoy once the snow starts to melt…
You Can Still Ski and Snowboard in Spring!
Snow resorts in the Snowy Mountains are generally open until Labour Day, which is the first Monday in October (we advise that you check with your favourite resort for more information on season closing dates). Spring riding is an absolute treat, with September bringing the opportunity to enjoy a soft but plentiful snow cover under sunny skies. You may still experience the occasional snow fall along with freezing overnight temperatures (the average low for September is -2°C) so even though the sun is out, it’s still a good idea to pack those winter woollies.
Spring means Hiking Season in the Snowy Mountains
While you can hike all year round in the Snowy Mountains, spring is when it’s time to head into the High Country. One of the best times of the year to head for the higher trails is November when the days are warmer and, while you may still see snow about the peaks, the tracks should be clear and easy to access. You can make your way to Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko, from either Thredbo or Charlotte Pass snow resorts. Head out on an overnight tour with a reputable guiding company or challenge yourself to an all-day adventure by taking on the Main Range Track, a 22km long trail that winds along the famous Snowy River, past stunning glacial lakes and takes you all the way to Australia’s rugged rooftop at 2,228 meters above sea level.
Grab the Mountain Bike and Hit the Trails
It’s the time of year every keen mountain bike rider looks forward to the most! Thredbo switches gears from snow sports to two-wheeled fun and opens its lifts for gravity riding. This generally happens towards the end of November, but make sure you check with the resort for the exact opening day. You can also access the famous Thredbo Valley Track, which is perfect for beginner to advanced riders.
There’s plenty of MTB action happening right across the Snowy Mountains region at any time of year, with trails open in Cooma and Jindabyne for riders looking for a thrill or the opportunity to cruise and explore.
Jump in the Car and Explore More of the Snowy Mountains
During winter, some roads in the Snowy Mountains are inaccessible or can occasionally be dangerous due to snow and ice. Spring means roads are clear, open and perfect for road tripping and sightseeing. Twist and turn your way along the spectacular Alpine Way from Jindabyne to Khancoban and enjoy the many the historic and scenic pitstops along the way. Or, from Jindabyne, you can take a turn on to Snowy River Way which will lead you to the historic township of Dalgety, the perfect place for lunch and a stroll along the Snowy River. The Snowy Mountains Highway provides another epic journey, this smooth, wide and quiet road takes you past the heritage listed Kiandra, the birthplace of Australian skiing and the location of Australia’s coldest gold rush. Make sure you take the turn off to Yarrangobilly and head beneath the surface to check out the network of caves, then take a dip in the perfectly temperatured thermal pool.
Dust off the Fishing Rods and Tackle
Spring (October 1st to be exact) means the start of fishing season in the Snowy Mountains. The region’s lakes, rivers and catchments are renowned as world-class destinations for catching brown, brook and rainbow trout along with Atlantic salmon, Murray cod and golden perch.
With the glorious Kosciuszko National Park as a backdrop along with pristine, snow-melt fed waterways to explore, there really isn’t a better place, or time of year, to enjoy a unique fishing experience with family and friends.
Seek out a Platypus
These curious creatures can be found in waterways right across the Snowy Mountains. Bombala, a town located in the southern part of the region, is known as Platypus Country due to high numbers of the animals calling the area’s rivers and streams their home. The Platypus Reserve is located 4.2 kilometres from the town of Bombala, with the early mornings or evenings being the best time to spot them.