Your ultimate skiing destinations in the land down under!

The land down under is usually associated with beautiful beaches and long summer days, but it also offers a decent ski season with plenty of snow covered ski fields to choose from across its southern states.

Typically running from July to October, snowfall makes for ideal conditions for skiing, snowboarding and a variety of fun snow play activities. So hit the snow while you can this ski season and live a truly unique snowy experience.

Thredbo, New South Wales

If you’re a ski expert and need that adrenaline rush, get yourself to Thredbo now! You’ll find the longest run in Australia over here with the 5 km long Crackenback super-trail, as well as the country’s highest lifted point, at 2037 m. To add to your excitement, there are the super-steep Balls to the Wall pitch. Beginners are catered for, too, thanks to the friendly Friday Flats, where many an Aussie has conquered his/her first snow plough. All in all, more than 50 runs weave their way across the resort.

In between skiing and snowboarding,  you can grab some bites at Australia’s highest restaurant or après-skiing in Thredbo Village, where you can sip champagne while stargazing in the Alpine Hotel’s outdoor Jacuzzi.

Thredbo is about 490 km or five-and-a-half hours’ drive southwest of Sydney and about 530 km or six-and-a-half hours’ drive northeast of Melbourne.

Perisher, New South Wales

Perisher is most definitely the ski destination in the Southern hemisphere. It became so in 1995 when the four resorts within it, Perisher, Smiggins, Blue Cow and Guthega joined forces. You get 1245 hectares, 47 lifts, seven mountains and five terrain parks to carve up on. One of the trickiest runs is Olympic, on Back Perisher Mountain, while, for newbies, Smiggins Holes makes falling over not-too-scary.

If you’re keen to take a break from downhill skiing, there are 100 kilometers of marked cross-country tracks to try. On-snow sleepovers are everywhere, but Perisher also allows the affordability of a stay in Jindabyne. From there, drive to Bullocks Flat and catch the Ski Tube.

Perisher is about 490 km or six hours’ drive southwest of Sydney and about 600 km or seven hours’ drive northeast of Melbourne.

Falls Creek, Victoria

Falls Creek might be a third of the size of Perisher, but it’s still the largest ski resort in Victoria. 450 hectares gives you 15 lifts and more than 90 runs. The terrain is less dramatic than at other spots, which means that it will be ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers. And, in between downhill escapades, you can investigate 65 kilometers of cross-country trails. If you’re around at the end of August, check out the Kangaroo Hoppet, a marathon 42-kilometer-long ski race which happens to be the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest snow sport event.

Falls Creek is about 670 km or seven hours’ drive southwest of Sydney and about 380 km or four-and-a-half hours’ drive northeast of Melbourne.

Mount Buller, Victoria

Mount Buller is conveniently located 3 hours from Melbourne. It’s got 22 lifts, which is the most out of all the Victorian ski resorts and runs over a total of 300 hectares. Pro skiers should head to the south side of the mountain, where you’ll find plenty of black (difficult and scary) runs, while intermediates will be happier on the northern side, scooting down blue runs. If you’ve never even so much looked at a pair of skis before, grab a Discovery Pass, which includes a lesson and access to eight beginner’s lifts.

On the days when you and your skis need a break from each other, you can take five in Australia’s highest day spa, go rock climbing and hop between 30 bars and restaurants.

Mount Buller is about 800 km or eight hours’ drive southwest of Sydney and about 230 km or three-and-a-half hours’ drive northeast of Melbourne.

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Top city picnic spots around Australia!

Oh no, summer is almost over! Take advantage of the sunny weather while you can. Grab a couple blocks of cheese, some wine glasses and your best mates to enjoy the remainder of your day basking in the warm sun with some speccy views. No matter where you are in the country, there’s a picnic spot calling your name!

Sydney – Wendy Whitley’s Secret Garden

Wendy’s secret garden might not be so secret anymore, but we can’t say no to spectacular harbor views. Surround yourself with the lush greenery and sip your wine in serenity in front of the harbor bridge! Located in Lavender Bay, it’s a 10 minute walk from North Sydney Station or a 15 minute walk from Milsons Point ferry wharf. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Wendy’s garden is the perfect oasis not too far from the hustling streets.

Perth – Kings Park

Home of the Western Australia Botanical Gardens, Kings Park is the perfect location to plop yourself down in Perth. Overlooking the entire city and the Swan River, it’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day at work or to relax on the weekends. If you want to walk off your delicious picnic fare, you can stroll among the 3000 native plants or climb up the DNA tower for some unreal views!

Melbourne – The Stables of Como

After an elegant picnic location? Don’t fret, The Stables of Como is home to lush greenery and glamorous regal styled buildings. If you’ve forgotten your picnic fare, you can purchase a gourmet basket from the cafe and it comes with a complete set of rugs, crockery and blankets. Otherwise, fold out your blankets and enjoy the your extremely elegant picnic surrounds at Como gardens.

Adelaide – Himeji Garden

This Japanese inspired Garden is where you want to go when you’re after a picnic in a completely different world! Step into Japan as you stroll among the pine trees and skip across the stepping stones. Nestle yourself among the trees or next to the lake and enjoy a leisurely morning basking in the sun. The Himeji Gardens will make your picnic that extra bit special and you’ll be transported to Japan in the heart of Adelaide!

Hobart – Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Mosey within the tulips and endlessly gaze at the white lilies because the abundant flora at the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is breathtaking. With 14 hectares of beautiful gardens and land, you won’t be short of a spot to enjoy your picnic goods and company! You’ll be sure to lose yourself on the winding paths and discover a perfect relaxation nook amongst the euphoric greens in the garden.

Brisbane – Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Whether you wanted to catch the sunrise or sunset, the only place to do so would be at Kangaroo Point Cliffs. While you sip on your merlot and slice through your camembert, you’ll be perched right on the river edge admiring the spectacular Brisbane Skyline.

Darwin – George Brown Darwin Botanical Gardens

Located only two kilometers from Darwin CBD is one of the most astonishing picnic locations in the Northern Territory. Filled with bridges and mini waterfalls, a small visit to the gardens is an adventure waiting to happen! Find a snug spot between palm trees or facing the water, because a hamper filled to the brim combined with this amazing location results in a perfect afternoon.

After you spend your day winding down and getting a food coma from all the cheese you’ve eaten, it’s time to hit the hay. Find the perfect place for your head to hit a pillow at!