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Perisher, NSW

Perisher is about a 5.5 hour drive from Sydney and 7 hour drive from Melbourne. If you’re driving to Perisher from Jindabyne it’s an easy half hour drive in good weather but do keep in mind that you're legally required to carry properly fitting chains in any vehicle other than 4WD's within the National Park. Through the winter months the roads are busier so it is recommend to give yourself some extra time to get to Perisher safely.

No matter which direction you’re coming from, there are a few things you need to be aware of when driving in the Snowy Mountains. Kangaroos and other wildlife are frequently seen by the roads, which is an amazing sight to see, but you don’t want to hit anything. Remember to drive carefully, don’t drive tired and slow down when driving at night.

Perisher’s overnight parking is limited to selected accommodation properties and therefore the Skitube is where most overnight stayers park. It is also a great option for day trippers who are wanting to avoid the drive up the mountain. Perisher's Skitube is a Swiss designed rack-rail train that takes passengers from Bullocks Flat Terminal (off the mountain) 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 fees.

  • Main passenger airportCanberra (207km) Cooma (78km)
  • Closest townJindabyne (31km)
Driving distance
  • Canberra2.5 hours
  • Sydney5.5 hours
  • Melbourne7 hours
  • Brisbane15 hours
  • Adelaide13.5 hours
  • Perth39 hours


Need To Know

Fuel Stations

The last fuel station on the way to Perisher is Located in Jindabyne (31km).

Alpine Diesel

Diesel ‘waxes’ at low temperature which blocks the fuel system and immobilises the vehicle.

If you drive a diesel vehicle, ensure you use fuel formulated for use in cold conditions, such as ‘Alpine Diesel’.

This is only usually available close to the snow fields, so plan your journey to arrive with plenty of room in your fuel tank for this fuel. Only required if parking your vehicle above the snow line.


Ensure your radiator fluid and your windscreen washing fluid can withstand temperatures below freezing points by adding anti-freeze additives to them if necessary.

Legal Requirements

Snow chains help ensure your safety and are compulsory on 2WD vehicles and recommended for 4WD from the June to October long weekends on the following roads:

  • Kosciuszko Road from the park boundary at Thredbo River
  • Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin
  • Island Bend/Guthega Road for its full length
  • Note: Chains are not required to the Bullocks Skitube terminal

All two-wheel drive vehicles entering the Kosciuszko Road in the Mount Kosciuszko National Park must carry snow chains in winter unless the signs say otherwise (you’ll be fined if you’re caught without them).

Fitting Chains

The chains must be fitted when directed by signs or a Roads and Maritime Services Traffic Commander.

Generally, this will happen at the special chain fitting bays along the route. If you do need to fit them on the roadside, choose a straight stretch of road where other drivers can see you and where there’s enough room to safely park and fit the chains.

Snow chains are loops of chain that fit over your car’s wheels (usually the back wheels on rear wheel drive cars and front wheels on front wheel drive cars) to provide extra traction in the snow – refer to your car manual or car manufacturer for exact fitting requirements.

Handy Tips

There are many chain hire outlets along the route to the NSW snow country in Cooma, Berridale and Jindabyne.

Here are a few handy tips:

  1. Make sure the chains you buy or hire are suitable for the wheel diameter and tyre size of your vehicle
  2. It is your responsibility to know how to fit wheel chains and ensure they are the correct size
  3. Pack a waterproof blanket to lie on and keep your gloves accessible
  4. Practice fitting the chains before leaving home or at the hire outlet
  5. If you’re unsure of anything, don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions at the hire shop
  6. Remember, you don’t need to jack up your car to fit the chains. In fact, it could be very dangerous if the road is icy and slippery
  7. Do not exceed 40km while snow chains are fitted and keep a safe emergency breaking distance from vehicles in front

Park Entry Fees

The National Parks and Wildlife Service requires all vehicles in the Kosciusko National Park to have an entry permit displayed on their vehicle. Winter peak (start of June long weekend to end of October long weekend).

Perisher Resort is located within the Kosciusko National Park.

The following fees are payable:

Car & 4wd's

  • $29 per vehicle per day


  • $12 per vehicle per day


  • Passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child (per day).

Annual Pass

  • $190 (1 year)
  • $335 (2 years)

Purchasing Locations

You can purchase your passes from one of the following locations:

  • Snowy Region Visitors Centre in Jindabyne
  • Pay station 15kms up the Kosciuszko Road at Sawpit Creek
  • National Parks Visitors Centre in Khancoban
  • Annual passes can also be purchased online here

For More Information

Please visit here or you can call the Snowy Region Visitors Centre (02) 6450 5600 between 8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily. 

Resort Parking

Day Car Parking - Three of the four resort areas have free parking!

  1. Perisher Valley has a large car park which is free for day use only
  2. Smiggins has free day parking and also has a free shuttle that goes to Perisher Valley between 7.30am - 6pm (longer during night skiing & boarding)
  3. Guthega has 60 parking spaces for day only and 50 overnight spaces - Be aware that snow conditions may affect this parking

Night Car Parking - There is limited overnight parking at Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes so on snow stayers can leave the car in the overnight security patrolled carpark at the Bullocks Flat Skitube Terminal free of charge and travel to Perisher via Skitube (Paid Service).                                 

Ski Tube (Off Mountain Parking)

Perisher's Skitube is a Swiss designed rack-rail train that takes passengers from Bullocks Flat Terminal on the Alpine Way (Off the Mountain) 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. Travel between Perisher Valley and Blue Cow is Free for anyone with a valid lift ticket!

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 snow chains, plus you don't need to purchase the National Parks entry fee.

You'll also find a Lift Ticket Office, Snowsports School Office, Information Desk, Kiosk, Souvenir Shop as well as Snowsports Hire and Ski & Board Service Centre all with friendly staff on hand to answer your questions. Tickets for the Skitube can also be purchased online at the Perisher website.

Note: For passenger safety the terminal doors at Bullocks Flat will close one minute prior to advertised train departure time.

Oversnow Transport

Hans Oversnow is located in the Perisher Skitube Terminal and provides transport for selected lodges in Perisher and Smiggins for a charge.

If you're arriving after midnight bookings are essential and additional charges may apply.

Some lodges do provide their own transport service so it's best to confirm with them before you arrive.

Contact Details

Hans Oversnow can be contacted 24 hours a day on (02) 6457 5334 or 0418 485 144.

Resort Transport

A free shuttle service operates between Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes.

Pick-ups are from the turning circle at Perisher Skitube Terminal and the metal bridge outside the Smiggins Hotel at Smiggin Holes. Shuttles depart approximately every 15 minutes.

Operating Hours

The shuttle service runs from 7:30am to 6pm and until 10pm Tuesdays and Saturdays during July & August and Tuesdays during September to accommodate for night skiing and boarding.

Nearest Town

Jindabyne is just 30km from Perisher.

If you want to enjoy the best of both worlds of the snow and an off mountain alpine village experience, then Jindabyne is a perfect location to stay for all your winter and mountain exploring.

Wake up each morning to the stunning views across Lake Jindabyne and the beautiful surrounding mountains and plan your day ahead from here.

Facilities & Services

  • Accommodation
  • Snow Gear retail & rental outlets
  • Back country tour operators
  • Cafes, Bars & Restaurants
  • Supermarket & fuel stations
  • Medical services & chemist
  • General retail outlets & much more

For More Information

About the Jindabyne region, local activities and events please visit here.

Exclusive Europcar Deal

We've partnered with Europcar, where your hire car rates will include Snow Chains and Snow Cover at participating locations within Australia! T&C's apply. For more info view here.

Transport Providers

Snow Alliance

  • Sydney, Canberra & Cooma - Private Transfers to Perisher
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Summit Coaches  

  • Canberra, Jindabyne, NSW South Coast & Sydney to Perisher
  • Website

Port Stephens Coaches      

  • Port Stephens, Newcastle, Central Coast &  Sydney to Perisher
  • Website

Snowlink Shuttle 

Alpine Charters   

  • Jindabyne & Canberra to Perisher
  • Website


  • Sydney & Canberra to Perisher
  • Website


  • Brisbane, Sydney & Canberra to Perisher
  • Website

Transborder Express

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