Getting Here...

Driving to the Snowy Mountains


If you’re driving from Sydney we suggest leaving between five and six hours to get here. If you’re coming from Melbourne it’s usually around a six hour drive. 

If you’re driving to Perisher from Jindabyne it’s an easy half hour drive in good weather; keep in mind that you're legally required to carry properly fitting chains in any vehicle other than 4WD's within the National Park. All details about entering the National Parks can be found on their website.

There is no overnight parking at Perisher or at the Matterhorn Lodge.

There are a few things you need to be aware of when driving in the Snowy Mountains. Kangaroos and other wildlife are frequently seen, which is an amazing sight to see, but you don’t want to hit anything.

Here’s some quick tips for driving in the snow:

  • Use your fog lights

  • Don’t tailgate - keep a good distance between the car in front incase you need to stop suddenly

  • Brake gently

  • Don’t use hot water to remove any ice on your windscreen – either scrape it away or use the demister.

Skitube - Alpine Railway

Perisher's Skitube is a Swiss designed rack-rail train that takes passengers from Bullocks Flat Terminal on the Alpine Way through a tunnel in the Ramshead Range to the Perisher Resort. The first stop is the underground station at Perisher Valley and then continues on to Blue Cow through another tunnel through the Perisher Range. 

When you arrive at Bullocks Flat Terminal, you'll find free day and overnight parking and because it is located below the snow fall levels, you generally won't require chains. You also don't need to purchase the National Parks entry fee. 

Oversnow Transport

Matterhorn Lodge's oversnow transfers are conducted by Hans Oversnow from the Perisher Skitube terminal building and are complimentary on arrival and departure provided they are within Hans Oversnow’s normal business hours of 7.00am until Midnight 7 days. Outside these hours or any mid stay transfers will incur charges and/or surcharges and these can be found at  Bookings may be required.  Hans Oversnow can be contacted on 02 64575334 or 0418485144. 

Parking at Perisher

There is no Overnight Parking at Matterhorn Lodge. Vehicles can be left at Skitube terminal at Bullocks Flat or arrangements made with​ other transfer providers (see below).

Other ways to get here.

Flying to the Snowy Mountains - Regional Express (Rex), in partnership with Snowy Mountains Airport Corporation Pty Ltd (SMAC), has launched Regular Public Transport (RPT) services between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains (Cooma)


When flying to and from the Snowy Mountains, there are a variety of airport shuttle options taking you into Perisher, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Jindabyne.


Coach Lines

  • Murrays Sydney Snow Express provide luxury coach travel departing Sydney to NSW Snowfields every Friday & Saturday during July & August. 

  • Murrays Canberra Snow Express provides a daily coach service to/from Canberra to the NSW Snowy Mountains. 

  • Snowscene Express connects you to Perisher on Sunday & Fridays from five convenient locations in Canberra including the city and airport. 

  • Snoexpress is the leading coach service between Canberra and Perisher, and one of the only coach services that stops right in the heart of Perisher Valley. 

  • Port Stephens Coaches are the ‘snow coach specialists’ providing luxury coach travel to the snowfields every weekend. Snow tours depart Thursday and Friday from Port Stephens, Newcastle, Central Coast and Sydney, returning Sunday evening.

  • Coastal Liner SnowStorm

  • Country Link

  • Greyhound Australia

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