Great Rates and Cheap Car Hire Deals in Australia  - Budget Rent a Car
Renting outside Australia?

The Top 10 Australian Ski Resorts (Part Two)

The Top 10 Australian Ski Resorts (Part Two)

When you think of holiday In Australia, you might immediately conjure up ideas of white sand beaches, surfing the waves, and swimming over tropical reefs. However, that doesn’t always have to be your holiday choice locale, especially in the winter time. There are many winter getaways with cooler temperatures that offer white powder skiing instead of white sand beaches, skiing snowy slopes rather than surfing the waves, and swimming in warm hot tubs instead of tropical oceans. We are exploring the top 10 ski resorts in Australia. In part one, we covered the first five resorts on our list: Thredbo, Mt. Buller, Mt. Hotham, Mt. Perisher, and Falls Creek. Now we will be covering the Selwyn Snowfields, Charlotte Pass, Mt. Baw Baw, Mt. Buffalo, and Cradle Mountain ski resorts in this second part.

Budget Blog - Ski Resorts in Australia

Australian Ski Resort Map Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Budget Blog - Kosciuszko

Kosciuszko Main Range photo credit: Wikipedia

Hiring a Car for Your Ski Trip in Australia

Budget Blog - Alpine National Park - Car Hire Map

Alpine National Park Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Budget Blog - Kosciuszko - National-Park-car-hire-map

Kosciuszko National Park Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Convenient car hire locations are available no matter which Australian ski resort you decide to make your holiday destination. The ski resorts on our top 10 list are in Victoria, New South Wales, and Canberra in Australian Capital Territory, with one location in Tasmania. We will highlight specific car hire locations near each location so that you can make your plans accordingly. Always remember to discuss your route and destination with your car rental agent so that he or she can supply you with accurate maps, safety driving tips, and any safety regulations that apply. Many car hire locations restrict driving in snow, or when mountain weather conditions pose safety risks, so pay attention to those directives and stay safe! The main hubs for hiring a car to get you to ski resort locations include Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra. We previously wrote about Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains, which contains some specific details and information on some of the ski resorts we will also be covering in this blog post. Also see Kosciuszko National Park, Alpine National Park, and the Australian Alps National Park.

  1. Selwyn Snowfields Resort – Kosciuszko National Park

Budget Blog - Kosciuszko national park - map

Kosciuszko National Park Map from Melbourne Photo Credit: Google Maps

Budget Blog - Kosciuszko - From Sydney

Kosciuszko National Park Map from Sydney Photo Credit: Google Maps

Budget Blog - Selwyn Snowfields

Selwyn Snowfields photo credit: Wikipedia

Budget Blog - Selwyn snowfields - resort

Selwyn Snowfields Photo Credit: SelwynSnow.com.au

Selwyn Snowfields Resort is located in Kosciuszko National Park, home to quite a few of the best ski resorts on our list. Kosciuszko National Park is located in in Kosciuszko National Park. It is in New South Wales and lies in between Sydney and Melbourne. For nearby car hire locations, you could choose Sydney or Melbourne, but if you are coming from the west or flying into nearby smaller airports, you can hire a car at the Albury Airport or hire a car at the Wagga Wagga Airport. It is also only a two hour drive from Canberra. In addition to some great skiing, you can go tobogganing, snow tubing, or learn to ski in the terrain park. Cross country skiers love the 45 km stretch of snow here. The highest elevation is at 1,614 metres.

  1. Charlotte Pass – Alpine National Park

Budget Blog - Alpine National Park - Map

Alpine National Park from Melbourne Photo Credit: Google Maps

Budget Blog - Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass: Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Charlotte Pass is a smaller resort that is great for families. It has the most consistent natural snowfall in Australia so it is completely covered in snow during the winter and usually has snow all year long. For nearby car hire locations, you could choose Sydney or Melbourne, but if you are coming from the west or flying into nearby smaller airports, you can hire a car at the Albury Airport or hire a car at the Wagga Wagga Airport. It is also only close to Canberra. The ski resort and village is located at the base of Kangaroo Ridge, which is the highest permanent settlement in Australia. It is the oldest ski resort in Australia and is also the coldest location in all of Australia. The elevation at Charlotte Pass is 1,760 metres high. The skiing is great with all the fresh powder and cold conditions. The variety of accommodations at the resort include boutique Kosciuszko Chalet hotel or club lodges.

  1. Mt. Baw Baw – Baw Baw National Park

Budget Blog - Mt Baw Baw

Mt. Baw Baw National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Budget Blog - Skiing at Mt Baw Baw

Skiing at Mt. Baw Baw Photo Credit: MountBawBaw.com.au

Budget Blog - Mt Baw Baw - View

View of Gippsland from Mt. Baw Baw peak photo credit: Wikipedia

Mt. Baw Baw is the closest ski resort to Melbourne, so it is a popular excursion for locals or tourists on holiday that want to experience the city as well as the mountains. It is in Victoria and only 120 km away. You can hire a car in Melbourne; and there are other nearby car hire locations including Bairnsdale, Sale, Traralgon, or Warragul. Mt. Baw Baw is located in Mt. Baw Baw National Park and features 10 kilometres of cross-country ski trails; plus small flat boxes, combo boxes, rails, and jibs. The resort is very family friendly, their ski packages include special pricing for kids and families and the terrain is ideal for a variety of sports in addition to downhill and cross country skiing. Popular activities include snowboarding, tobogganing, terrain parks, biking, and bushwalking.

  1. Mt. Buffalo – Mount Buffalo National Park

Budget Blog - Mount Buffalo National Park

Mount Buffalo National Park from Melbourne Photo Credit: Google Maps

Budget Blog - Mt Buffalo from Sydney

Mount Buffalo National Park from Sydney Photo Credit: Google Maps

xBudget Blog - Mt Buffalo - Plateau

Mount Buffalo Plateau photo credit: Wikipedia

Budget Blog - Mt Buffalo National Park

Mount Buffalo National Park photo credit: TheAustralianAlps.wordpress.com

Mt. Buffalo National Park is located in Victoria and is one of the oldest national parks in the state. It situated near Mt. Hotham and Falls Creek, which make it a great destination for excursions from some of the larger resorts nearby. Mt. Buffalo’s ski resorts offer a great place for families and beginners to learn or get some practice. Mt. Buffalo is part of the Australian Alps and in addition to skiing, there are so many things to do while visiting this national park including snow shoe tours, camping, rafting, biking, bushwalking, rock climbing, abseiling, and four-wheel drive tours. For nearby car hire locations, you could choose Sydney or Melbourne, but if you are coming from the west or flying into nearby smaller airports, you can hire a car at the Albury Airport or hire a car at the Wagga Wagga Airport. It is also close to Canberra.

Cradle Mountain – Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park

Budget Blog - Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain view from Dove Lake Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Budget Blog - Cradle Mountain Summit

Cradle Mountain Summit Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Budget Blog - Tasmania Car Hire Map

Tasmania Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Cradle Mountain is located in Tasmania and is the highest peak in Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park. When it comes to skiing, you may not think of Tasmania, but this peak made the list because it is a ski adventurer’s dream. This “ski resort” is one for the nature enthusiast because nature is exactly where you will be staying. Accommodations include bush camping. This is definitely not for beginners and there are no ski facilities or lifts here. Cradle Mountain is marked with rugged terrain and is off the beaten track. You must take the 45 minute hike to the summit in order to access the bowl in the back. Once there, it is just you and the natural surroundings. Getting to Cradle Mountain is part of the adventure in itself. For more tips on spending an adventurous holiday in Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park, check out our previous blog post all about travelling and hiking through this amazing and mostly uncharted territory. There are two nearby car hire locations in Tasmania. Davenport is the city where you can hire a car at the Davenport Airport or rent a car at the Davenport Ferry location, which is where the ferry comes in from the mainland. Alternatively, you can hire a car in the city of Launceston and there is also a car hire location at the Launceston Airport.

Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+
The following two tabs change content below.
Shari McConahay
Wife, mom & internet geek. E-Commerce & Internet Marketing old timer, lover of social media, kung fu movies, sci fi, reality tv & game shows.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Are you a Budget Fastbreak or Rapidrez member? Please enter your six-character number and surname in this field. Corporate Fastbreak members should also enter there six-character number and surname in this field.

If youre a member of an organisation or company that partners with Budget, that organisation may have Direct PIN, OTTO or ACTO number. Add this number into the field shown.

A BCD (Budget Customer discount promotion code) is a 7 character code used for special offers that may be found in a variety of places in advertisements, on our deals page or emailed to you as part of our special E-newsletter offers. Enter the BCD into the BCD field; remember to check any terms and conditions applicable to the offer before you enter the BCD number.

If youre a Frequent Flyer member of FlyBuys member you may earn points on your rental charges, select the program you are a member of and enter your membership number and we will automatically credit your frequent flyer of FlyBuys membership with the applicable points after your rental has been completed.

If you are a member of an Australian motoring association you may be eligible to receive discounted rates from Budget. Please enter your membership number in this field.

Coupon or Discount numbers may be found in a variety of places in advertisements, on our deals page or emailed to you as part of our special E-newsletter offers. Enter the coupon number in the coupon/discount field. The value of the coupon will be attached to your reservation for reference. It will not be applied to the rental until you pick up the vehicle.

Enter your travel agency IATA or Budget assigned number in this field.

Many of our locations are unable to obtain insurance for under 21 year old drivers who are therefore required, prior to the start of the rental, to present an original Insurance Certificate of Currency - not a cover note - that indemnifies the replacement value of Budget's vehicle and third party property damage up to $20 million for any one occurrence. The certificate must be issued by a reputable insurer (as opposed to a broker) and is accepted at the discretion of the prospective location with which arrangements should be made directly. Please contact us on 1300 362 848.