Depending on where you are in Australia, depends on how many winter activities there are! This is a biiiiiggggg country and up north doesn’t get so wintry! So some we have are outdoors and some we have are indoors- from snow mountains to indoor ice skating.
There is something, somewhere for everyone to feel like they are in a Winter Wonderland!
Being at the bottom of Australia, Tasmania is synonymous with being cold and snowing in Winter. That is true, whether you are at the top of a mountain or even in central towns.
Cradle Mountain is the most iconic mountain in Tasmania for natural beauty. It has breath taking landscapes from rainforests to gorges to the mountain peaks, which a lot of the time are covered in snow! Take a walk on one of the walking tracks around the top of cradle mountain and play in the snow. Visit the local Tasmanian Devils at Devils@Cradle and have a cuddle with them whilst there is snow all around you.
Mount Wellington, sits right over Hobart and from the top has spectacular views both from the top but also when you are looking up at it from town. Where else in Australia can you be in a capital city and look up at snow! In winter it normally has snow capped tops. It is an easy drive up to the top to have a snowball fight or build a snowman whilst taking in the breathtaking views.
If you are after that winter feeling, but want a more indoor experience, visit Ice Skating Tasmania is in Glenorchy. Open for public skating and skating lessons.
Western Australia –
In Perth, there isn’t any snow mountains, however there is a couple on indoor ice arenas that give you that winter feel. At Cockburn Ice Arena, see falling snow, play games on the ice, have a casual skate and more. They have a fun new invention called a Ice Byke – race your friends and drift corners. With blades as the back wheels, it is something unlike you have ever tried before!
Have you ever wanted to learn to skate? Then Perth Ice Arena is the spot. If you are a novice, into figure skating or even ice hockey, then this is the place to come.
Australian Capital Territory/New South Wales South Coast –
Canberra is the perfect spot for winter activities, both indoors but also outdoors on some of Australia’s best ski mountains.
In Canberra itself, they have some indoor winter activities like Indoor ice skating at Power Kart Raceway or indoor skiing and snowboarding at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, designed to enhance skiing and snowboarding skills before getting out on the slopes.
Corin Forest is located only a 50 minute drive from Canberra. It is a fun and affordable first snow experience. Throw a snowball, build a snow man or ride a toboggan in the Snowplay area. Learn how to ski and snowboard on the custom designed beginners slope. The slope has a “magic carpet” ski lift. Corin Forest has enthusiastic instructors that run lessons from beginners to people wanting to build more confidence. Ride the Alpine Slide as it descends 1.2km through the Mountain Ash forest. A lift delivers you to the top and descend at your own pace.
Perisher is the largest snow resort in the Southern Hemisphere. Skiers and snowboarders will never get bored with the large range of runs to experience. Perisher is for everyone – from those who are experienced to those who have never stepped on skis or a snowboard before. Perisher has 47 lifts servicing over 1,245 hectares of skiable terrain. The kids can take a lesson or have a try at night skiing on every Tuesday and Saturday night.
Home to Australia’s longest ski runs in a beautiful alpine village, Thredbo is the place to go. With over 480 hectares of terrain that caters to all levels from beginners to those that love the thrill of steep runs. The Friday Flat area is the beginners area, which has a gentle slope ensuring that beginners can just practice the basics and once mastered can try the gondala to the Cruiser area which is a great snow playground for both beginners and intermediates.
For a little bit of a twist on a winter activity, that isn’t at the snow, Sovereign Hill run a Winter Wonderlights festival, which runs in June and July. With light shows, faux snow and festive fun, it is a twist on a winter wonderland experience.
O’Brien Ice House, located in Melbourne is full of ice sports like ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and curling. It also has public skating sessions. Try your hand at ice skating and for the little ones there is ice penguins to help balance.
Not too far drive from Melbourne, are three great snow mountains. Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. Mt Buller is a three hour drive from Melbourne and is Victoria’s most popular snow mountain. Be dazzled by the wide variety of activities on offer, from the obvious skiing and snowboarding to huskies on a sled dog tour, scenic chairlift rides, night skiing, a magical Gnome Roam adventure (a mystical gnome world on the mountain village). They run lessons for beginners and have great slopes for the intermediates and experienced skier and snowboarders.
Mt Hotham is a 4 and a half hour drive from Melbourne and is the perfect winter outdoor adventure. Have fun on skis, snowboards, toboggans or sleds as you take on the slopes. With more than 320 hectares of snowfields, complete with downhill runs, cross country tracks, terrain parks and ski in ski out accommodation, with 13 lifts to get you around the mountain.
Located 4hrs 40min from Melbourne, Falls Creek is the premier all-season alpine resort. Known for its vibrant ski-in-ski out village and the largest ski field in the region, Falls Creek has something for everyone. Try skiing or snowboarding, take a lesson or try a unique experience of snowshoes. The kids will love the tobogganing slope at Windy Corner.
Northern Territory –
There are not too many winter activities in the tropics!! No snow, no winter skiing or snowboarding, but in Darwin there is a great ice skating centre, Darwin Ice Skating Centre. Open for social public ice skating and also artistic skating, ice hockey and speed skating.