Mention a snowy winter holiday and places that come to mind often involve a long plane ride to Europe or Canada. But there’s really no need to travel that far — there’s also plenty of snow Down Under. Snow season runs from 10 June until September — or when the snow ends!
Yes, we’re talking about Australia. The land more commonly known for its sunshine and wildlife is also home to magnificent snowscapes and many exciting winter activities for the whole family.
From June to September, gear up for the best of winter in the southern state of Victoria. Ski and snowboard down thrilling snowy trails and terrains or tumble about snowfields while making snow angels with your little ones. Just an eight-hour flight from Singapore, Victoria is the perfect mid-year winter getaway for those who can’t wait for a northern hemisphere winter in December!
Falls Creek, a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne in the Hume region, is Victoria’s largest alpine resort with a whopping 65 kilometres of slopes, trails and terrain parks. Sign up for ski or snowboarding lessons for adults and kids as young as three years old. And, whether you ski or not, hop on a snow tube for the unforgettable thrill of whizzing down a snowy mountain together as a family. The fearless member of the family can sit right in front!
Alternatively, experience the magic of skiing or snowboarding under the stars at Mount Buller, a three-hour drive northeast of Melbourne. The alpine resort offers a wide selection of slopes and terrains for ski enthusiasts by day, and the unique option of zipping down slopes when the sun goes down.
Families and couples that prefer a more relaxed pace will enjoy the activities that Mount Buller has to offer. Embark on a leisurely snowshoe tour, soar above the mountains on a scenic chairlift ride and build a snowman in the middle of icy-white plains. Can’t agree on the colour of your snowman’s scarf? Settle it with a snow fight! Or make your very first snow angel but not without first bundling up against the cold.
Enter the totally pawsome world of dogsledding by hopping on one of Howling Huskys’ tours, at Mount Hotham — do pre book to avoid disappointment! Take off from one of Australia’s highest alpine villages, settle into your sled and let a pack of eager huskies zip you through maze-like backcountry routes and wide-open plateaus blanketed in snow.
For a more intimate encounter with these furry canines, follow them on a possum hunt under a garden of snow gums. And here’s a secret: these cuddly creatures are always up for a game of snowball catch!