Best Winter Weekend Escapes in Australia and New Zealand

    Got the winter blahs? Peel yourself off the sofa and embrace the season, with ten terrific weekend escapes.

    Chairlift to Mount Kosciuszko – Photo credit

    Jindabyne, New South Wales

    Share the Snowy Mountain slopes with malware moguls maven and Jindabyne Olympic resident Dale-Begg Smith.

    Where to stay: Snowy Valley Resort Jindabyne

    Jindabyne City Guide

    Thredbo Village, New South Wales

    Tame twisty trails in the Ramshead Range and enjoy sweet panoramas of Kosciuszko National Park, courtesy of Thredbo Village. You may, of course, not want to depart the seductive confines of Alpine Habitats Resort.

    Where to stay: Alpine Habitats Resort Crackenback

    Thredbo City Guide

    Perisher Valley, New South Wales

    Perisher Blue is the dominant ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere. Accessible by the exceptional Skitube Alpine Railway, the Snowy park sports 60% intermediate runs.

    Where to stay: The Aalberg Chalet Motel Jindabyne

    Mount Buller, Victoria

    Mount Buller Alpine Resort is only 200 km from Melbourne. No excuses!

    Where to stay: Grand Mercure Pinnacle Valley Accor Vacation Club Apartments

    Mount Buller City Guide

    Mount Hotham, Victoria

    Though a bit farther from the Victoria capital, Mount Hotham is well worth the trip. The ski village is second only to Charlotte Pass in altitude in Australia and gets the most annual snowfall of any winter resort in the state.

    Where to stay: Lindenwarrah Country House Hotel Wangaratta

    Wangaratta City Guide

    Pemberton, Western Australia

    We have to give Western Australia some winter love too. Get out of Perth for a weekend and make your way to the spectacular Karri Valley Resort on the edge of Lake Beedelup.

    Where to stay: Karri Valley Resort Pemberton

    Pemberton City Guide

    The Remarkables, Otago, South Island

    Is there a mountain range or ski resort with a cooler name than The Remarkables? A weekend here is never enough: the South Island New Zealand range, along with Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown, is too darn pretty.

    Where to stay: The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments Queenstown

    Queenstown City Guide

    Methven, Canterbury, South Island

    Take it easy on the edge of the handsome Canterbury Plains or shred the ski area at Mount Hutt silly. The Terrace Downs High Country Resort provides ultra-luxe digs, 20 minutes away from the slopes.

    Where to stay: Terrace Downs High Country Resort Methven

    Methven City Guide

    Wanaka, Otago, South Island

    The ultimate resort town and ski gateway in New Zealand is, without question, Wanaka. Have a go at Cardrona Alpine Resort, Snow Park, Snow Farm and Treble Cone and marvel at the inherent photogenic beauty of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Where to stay: Edgewater

    Wanaka City Guide

    Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

    Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a haven for much of Tasmania’s endemic flora and fauna. A stay at the brilliant Cradle Mountain Lodge is a premier escape from all the workaday nonsense of home. If the winter weather behaves, consider a trek on the iconic Overland Track. Just try to make it back for the boutique wine and cheese at 5pm.

    Where to stay: Cradle Mountain Lodge

    Cradle Mountain City Guide

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