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Canberra is the Capital of Australia and the "Gateway" to the NSW Snowfields when approaching from the North.


Canberra ranges from 550 to 700 m above sea level. The central area of Canberra is nestled on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin which was formed by building Scrivener Dam across the Molonglo River.

There are several large hills within the city including:

  • Mount Ainslie
  • Black Mountain
  • Mount Majura
  • Mount Mugga Mugga
  • Mount Taylor


Travel to the Snow

Travel Distances

  • Charlotte Pass - 215 km
  • Jindabyne - 167 km
  • Perisher Blue - 205 km
  • Selwyn Snowfields - 165 km
  • Thredbo - 210 km

Travel Times

Selwyn Snowfields and Jindabyne are approximately 2 hours from Canberra. Thredbo and Perisher Blue are about 2.5 hours. Allow an extra 30 minutes for traffic. The busiest times are Friday and Sunday evenings.

Be aware that in winter the roads are heavily patrolled by police and there are usually a couple of radar traps and Random Breath Testing stations set up.

To get to Charlotte Pass in winter requires oversnow from Perisher via the Skitube and you must park your car at Bullocks Flat, so about 3 - 3.5 hours from Canberra.

Travel Options

From Canberra the only two options are by car or by bus.

From Canberra head South on the Monaro Highway. Just after Cooma the road splits into the Snowy Mountains Highway and Kosciuszko Road, this is about 5 minutes out from Cooma. There are a number of current and ex service stations just before the turnoff.

For Selwyn turn right onto the Snowy Mountiains Highway. For Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass keep going straight ahead on the Kosciuszko Road towards Jindabyne.

After passing through Jindabyne the road splits just near the Snowline Caravan park. Turn Left for Thredbo and the Skitube (Bullocks flats), go straight ahead for Perisher Blue. In Summer you can drive to Charlotte Pass by taking the road to Perisher, in winter you must take the Skitube.

The day trip buses take the Thredbo road and stop at the Skitube.

Things to Do


Getting Around


Canberra International Airport is located in the suburb of Pialligo. (35°18'23.83"S, 149°11'25.00"E)

Canberra airport is co-located with the Brindabella Business Park.

Stage 2 of the new terminal is under construction.

Flight Operators

Flights are operated by Qantas, Virgin Blue and Brindabella Airlines. Note that only Qantas services the Canberra - Sydney route.

The airport does experience heavy fog at times, particularly in the mornings.

Getting there

Public transport from the airport to Civic (city center) is mainly by Taxi and the Deanes Buslines Airliner shuttle bus.

Hire cars are available at the airport.


Canberra has an excellent network of Bike Paths and a number of mountain bike tracks. A Canberra cycleways map is available from most bike shops and the ACT Government Shopfronts

Bikes can be hired from Capital Bicycle Hire, or Mr Spokes Bike Hire & Cafe (Lake Burley Griffin use only).

Bike groups


The main bus station for interstate travel is the Jolimont Centre in Civic which is located at:

65-67 Northbourne Ave
Canberra City.

This building also houses Novotel Canberra.

It's longitude and Latitude are 35°16'40.20"S, 149° 7'44.38"E. WikiMapia link for the Jolimont Centre

The Jolimont Centre is a short walk to the Civic bus interchange where the ACTION buses run from. You can usually catch a taxi at the front door of the centre.

Bus companies servicing Canberra


The Canberra Railway Station is located at

Wentworth Ave
Kingston ACT 2604

Trains are operated by Countrylink.

You can contact the Countrylink Travel Centre on Phone: 13 22 32

Public transport to and from the railway station is available by ACTION buses or taxi.


There are two Taxi companies in Canberra.


Free Snow guides/newspapers

Free guides / newspapers eg: The Snowy Times, are available in most ski/snowboard and outdoors shops.


The major newspaper in Canberra is the Canberra Times. The Canberra Times publishes snow reports during winter.


  • ABC JJJ - 101.5 FM
  • ABC Local Radio - 2CN - 666 AM
  • ABC News Radio - 2PB - 103.9 FM
  • ABC Radio National - 2RN - 846 AM
  • Radio 2XX FM - Community Radio - 98.3 FM
  • FM 104.7 (co-owned by Austereo & the Australian Radio Network)
  • Mix 106.3 FM (co-owned by Austereo & the Australian Radio Network)

In the case of a bushfire emergency 2CN is your best bet for information.


The local Free to Air channels are

Some Channels display Snow reports during the snow season.


  • ABC TV Canberra
  • ABC 2
  • SBS Digital 1
  • SBS Digital 2
  • SBS HD
  • SC10 Canberra
  • SC10 HD
  • Prime Canberra
  • Prime HD
  • Prime View 1
  • Prime View 2
  • Prime View 3
  • Win TV Canberra
  • Win TV HD
  • SBS Radio 1
  • SBS Radio 2
  • ABC Dig Radio
  • ABC Dig Jazz

Pay TV

Buying Ski / Snowboard and Outdoor Gear

Ski and Board Outdoors - general Bike Shops

Renting Ski and Snowboard Gear

  • Adrenalin Plus (Braddon)
  • Belconnen Ski 'n' Board
  • Inski (Woden)
  • Phat! Snowboards (Belconnen)
  • Rebel Sport (Woden and Belconnen Mall)
  • Second Wind (Fyshwick)
  • Straightline skis (Braddon)


Emergency Contacts

  • Police, Fire, Ambulance: Phone 000
  • Police non emergency phone number: 131 444