Canberra is the Capital of Australia and the "Gateway" to the NSW Snowfields when approaching from the North.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Weather
- 3 Travel to the Snow
- 4 Things to Do
- 5 Accommodation
- 6 Getting Around
- 7 Media
- 8 Buying Ski / Snowboard and Outdoor Gear
- 9 Renting Ski and Snowboard Gear
- 10 Resources
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
- BOM ACT and Canberra forecast
- BOM ACT and NSW current observations - Includes observations from the snow resorts.
- BOM Snowy Mountains Region forecast
- BOM ACT Weather radar at Captains Flat - This radar covers the ACT and the eastern side of the Snowy Mountains region.
- ScanACT Live Weather feed
Travel to the Snow
- Charlotte Pass - 215 km
- Jindabyne - 167 km
- Perisher Blue - 205 km
- Selwyn Snowfields - 165 km
- Thredbo - 210 km
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 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. The last oversnow from Perisher departs at 6:15pm.
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
- Corin Forest
- National Museum of Australia
- National Zoo and Aquarium
- New Parliament House
- Old Parliament House
- War Memorial
Canberra International Airport is located in the suburb of Pialligo. (35°18'23.83"S, 149°11'25.00"E)
The airport does experience heavy fog at times, particularly in the mornings.
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).
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
Bus companies servicing Canberra
- Lever Coachlines Snow Express - Day trips to the snowfields
- Murrays Travel - Interstate travel and day trips to the snow
- Summit Coaches - Canberra and Southern region
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: (02) 6208 9700; +612 6208 9707 (international)
There is currently only one taxi company in Canberra - Canberra cabs. They can be booked by phoning 132227 or at their website.
They have recently installed an Automated Speech Recognition System for taking bookings by phone. This has been reported in the newspapers as being a less than perfect solution with reportedly many people having their cabs turn up late or not at all. Hopefully the teething problems with this system will be ironed out soon. In the meantime it is prudent to make sure you book a time for a cab well before you need to be at your destination in case you need to ring and "encrouage" it along.
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
- Prime (Channel 7 affiliate)
- Win (Channel 9 affiliate)
- Southern Cross Ten (Channel 10 affiliate)
Some Channels display Snow reports during the snow season.
Buying Ski / Snowboard and Outdoor Gear
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Renting Ski and Snowboard Gear
- Adrenalin Plus (Braddon)
- Belconnen Ski 'n' Board
- Great Outdoors Centre (Phillip)
- Inski (Woden)
- Jurkiewicz Adventure Store (Fyshwick)
- Phat! Snowboards (Belconnen)
- Rebel Sport (Woden and Belconnen Mall)
- Second Wind (Fyshwick)
- Straightline skis (Braddon)
- Police, Fire, Ambulance: Phone 000
- Police non emergency phone number: 131 444