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Why visit Snowy Mountains, Illawarra, and the South Coast
The Snowy Mountains are a perfect destination for groups, couples and families with its combination of adventure and relaxation. In winter you can spend the day carving up the slopes before warming up in a thermal pool, but that doesn't mean when the snow melts it's over. In the summer months, the Snowy Mountains transforms into an outdoor playground of untouched bushland, crystal clear streams and epic Mountain Biking trails. The South Coast has an unspoiled natural environment full of beaches, headlands, national parks that are only enhanced by the friendly towns and villages. If you are looking for some rich cultural experiences, then the South Coast offers exactly that and more with its many festivals and quality artistic scene.
When to visit Snowy Mountains, Illawarra, and the South Coast
It goes without saying that the best time to visit the Snowy Mountains is during the winter months with July and August being ideal for skiing and snowboarding because the snow is at its heaviest. For those wanting to do the outdoor activities without the frost, the months of spring (Sep-Nov) will see the snow melt and uncover the natural landscape, which carries through into the summer months (Dec-Feb). On the other hand, the best times to visit the South Coast are late spring and all the way through the summer months. Although this is the most popular time as the beaches will be full of tourists enjoying the NSW sunshine.
Getting around Snowy Mountains, Illawarra, and the South Coast
The Snowy Mountains are easily accessible by vehicle with routes passing through towns such as Jindabyne and Cooma from the east, Tumut from the north and Tumbarumba from the west. There are also alternative and cost-effective ways you can get from where you are staying to the mountains such as trains, coaches and shuttle bus services. With its long stretches of coastal highway that are perfect for road trips, driving by car gives you the best seat in the house to take in all the sights.
Things to do in Snowy Mountains, Illawarra, and the South Coast
In total, there are four ski resorts that make up the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains: Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn Snow Resort. Whether you are snowboarding or skiing, at each of them you will find a huge range of world-class terrain parks that include something for all levels from slides and rails to jumps and courses. When you're not hitting the slopes, try out a snowshoe tour that offers a unique way to experience the winter countryside or visit one of the indoor water parks such as the Thredbo Leisure Centre, that is definitely heated. Thredbho transforms into the ideal terrain for awesome Mountain Biking during the warmer months. Gear up and take the Gondola up the mountains along with your bike and power down - what a rush!
There are plenty of fun activities to try out on the South Coast that take full advantage of the natural scenery. Take to the water, slip on a mask and some fins and try some snorkeling at Bushrangers Bay or join a whale-watching cruise off the Sapphire Coast. But it wouldn't be a trip to the South Coast without a trip to the beach and there are plenty of them: City Beach in Wollongong, Cabbage Tree Beach in Jervis Bay and Jones Beach in Kiama Downs are among some of the best you can find on the coast.
Where to eat and drink in Snowy Mountains, Illawarra, and the South Coast
Enjoy cool-climate wines and luscious truffles in the Tumbarumba Wine Region where you can savour the delights from cellar doors. There are also some great breweries and distilleries located in Kosciuszko and Jindabyne for you to enjoy some Aussie Ale and even vodka and schnapps. There are many waterfront restaurants in Wollongong and Kiama that offer amazing views of the ocean to go along with some exquisite seafood. Further along the South Coast, you will be presented with an assortment of bay view restaurants, cafes and bars.
Where to stay in Snowy Mountains, Illawarra, and the South Coast
Whether it's for business or pleasure Accor has a range of accommodation options for your stay in the Snowy Mountains, with locations in Jindabyne, Crackenback, Goulburn, Quenbayan and Bowral. For your visits to the Illawarra and the South Coast, you'll find us in Wollongong, Kiama and Gerringong.