Perisher is an easy 5.5 to 6 hour drive from Sydney via Canberra and Cooma or 7 hours from Melbourne with more than half the distance on freeway standard or dual carriage roads. Kosciuszko Road accesses Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega from Jindabyne.
Motorists are legally required to carry properly fitting chains in any vehicle other than 4WDs in a ‘snow-ice risk section within the National Park. Its an easy half hour drive from Jindabyne in good weather. Entry to the National Park is $27 per car per day. Annual passes are $190.
You can also fly to Canberra International Airport, which is only a 2.5 hour drive from Perisher and a 40 minute flight from Sydney or a 65 minute flight from Melbourne. Regular connections are available to and from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle, Adelaide and Perth via Qantas, Virgin Blue, Tiger and Brindabella Airlines.
For airport transfers to and from the Snowy Mountains, call 1300 655 811.
Perisher, located on the Kosciuszko Road, is a comfortable 5.5 to 6 hour drive from Sydney, 2.5 hours from Canberra or 7 hours from Melbourne. It is an easy 30 minute drive from Jindabyne in good weather. Kosciuszko Road accesses Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes and Guthega from Jindabyne.
Please note that all 2WD vehicles are legally required to carry properly fitted chains to Perisher. Entry to the National Park is $27 per day. Annual passes are $190.
Overnight parking at Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes and Guthega is limited to a few accommodation properties only.
We recommend using Skitube Alpine Railway from Bullocks Flat where there is free overnight parking.
Located at Bullocks Flat, an easy 15 minute drive from Jindabyne via the Alpine Way, the Skitube Alpine Railway is the most convenient and scenic way to travel to and from Perisher. Bullocks Flat is at lower elevation so there is a reduced chance of needing to fit chains. Parking at Bullocks Flat (both day and overnight) is FREE.
The train travels from Bullocks Flat through the Ramshead range and into the National Park then onto Perisher Valley and then another 7 minutes to Blue Cow Mountain. The distance is 8.5km; 6.3km is underground making it one of the longest underground train tunnels in Australia and travelling as deep as 550m underground so its a great experience in itself.
Travel between Perisher and Blue Cow is free with any valid mountain pass. Visit Perisher's website for more information.