There are two tribes of people in Australia when it comes to the snow. The ones who diligently pack the car and drive to the mountains rain, hail or shine, and the others who think they’re better off waiting out Winter and heading overseas to the bigger resorts of Northern America, Europe and Japan.
We’re preaching to the converted if you’re in tribe one, but if you’re a snow snob, this article is for you. Here’s 10 reasons why the Snowy Mountains are worth visiting.
1. Snownuts and lamingtons
Forget croissants and Dunkin Donuts, the Aussie ski slope sweets are top notch.
A trip to the Snowy Mountains is not complete without a stop at Jindabyne’s Sundance Bakehouse. The road trip from Sydney is around six hours, three hours from Canberra and just an hour from Cooma. Jindabyne is the gateway to the ski fields and a great spot for a sugar hit. The bakery is located inside Nuggets Crossing Shopping Centre and is a local institution. Come lunch hour you’ll find it packed with people picking up pies and quiches fresh from the oven – beat the crowds and make a beeline for the sweets cabinet. The famous “snownut” is a jumbo sized cronut topped with fresh cream and drizzled in chocolate. And then there’s the rows and rows of lamingtons, cream buns and other Aussie favourites. Best of all, this season Sundance has pop up bakeries at the Perisher Valley Centre and the Skitube terminal.
Forget the zoo, the Snowy Mountains are a great spot to see our most unique wildlife – you’ll see plenty of wombats, kangaroos, cockatoos and possums. Perisher sits inside the Kosciuszko National Park, and if you’re lucky you might see a wombat wobbling along the snow. You do need to drive carefully after dark to avoid hitting any hanging out too close to the road.
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