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The best ski destinations in Australia

By Emily Warbrick

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As great as it is to visit another country on a ski holiday, sometimes you want something a little closer to home. Thankfully, despite its reputation as a haven of golden beaches, Australia has a number of outstanding ski resorts & 2018 is proving to be the best season in 14 years.

Here are a few of our favourite ski destinations in Australia.

Perisher – NSW

Not only is Perisher the largest ski resort in Australia (over 3000 acres), it's also the largest in the southern hemisphere. Created from four formerly separate resorts – Blue Cow, Guthega, Smiggins and Perisher Valley – it's a place that caters to all levels of ski skill, from absolute beginners to seasoned pros. Perisher just cracked 2m base for the 2018 season, the best in 14 years. Smiggins Holes, for example, is great for newcomers and families, featuring some of the gentler slopes in the resort. Blue Cow, on the other hand, is a better option for those looking for something a bit more challenging. Both areas of Perisher are where the beginner lessons are undertaken – all of which Snowscene include in your package for you.

There's plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation too; hotels and chalets, there's sure to be something that tickles your fancy.

You can get to Perisher in a five to six hour drive from Sydney, or a six hour drive from Melbourne. From Brisbane there are flights into Sydney or Canberra and you can also drive and make this an exciting road trip via Dubbo Zoo!

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Thredbo – NSW

Found at the base of Australia's highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, Thredbo is a ski resort that caters to all levels of skier. First timers will be able to learn the ropes on Friday Flat while the more experienced will be able to tackle the longest run in the country, the epic 5 km-long Crackenback Super Trail. There's also a number of bars and restaurants to enjoy too, including the highest restaurant in the country, Eagle's Nest. Thredbo is ideal if you have a non skier in the group. For the September school holidays there are Kids Stay and Ski Free packages!

You'll find Thredbo a 6 hour drive from Melbourne or Sydney, but a much shorter 2 and a half hours from Canberra. From Brisbane there are flights into Canberra and you can jump on the Sno Express on set days to the snow, to save the hassle of driving. Once in resort at Thredbo you do not require a car.

Falls Creek – VIC

Falls Creek is a great place for a family ski trip, as a great deal of the runs are suitable for beginner and intermediate skiers. As one of the smaller resorts on this list, it's also a place that doesn't tend to get as crowded, so it can be a fun, non-intimidating way to get your children into skiing. With 92 different runs, there's plenty of space for all to enjoy. There is snow tubing, snow mobile tours and snow bungy at Falls Creek not to mention Snonuts!

You can get to Falls Creek with a 4 to 5 hour drive from Melbourne and a seven hour drive from Sydney. Did you know Falls Creek is in fact the closest ski resort to Brisbane via car? Self drive and explore Ned Kelly country on the way.

Ready for an Australian ski holiday? Get in touch with a member of our team today – as snow specialists for over 30 years, we make it easy to get out there on the slopes.

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