Australia & NZ
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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