If it’s tradition for Canberrans to temporarily migrate to coastal spots during the summer months then the chill of winter sees a similar regular exodus – south to the Snowy Mountains in search of fresh, powdery snow.
In a country as frequently arid and sparse as Australia, if you're in Canberra it’s recommended to make the most of its close proximity to the big NSW snowfields.
STAY Avoid the crush of the crowds at the large snow resorts and check in at Ecocrackenback, located between Jindabyne and Kosciuszko National Park. This luxury accommodation features 18 sleekly stylish “habitats” that sleep four and come complete with cold-combatting amenities including in-floor heating, ethanol fireplaces and drying racks to warm the day’s ski gear. Those keen on the slopes will find the stay offers decent accessibility to Thredbo (20 minutes) and the tube gateway to Charlotte’s Pass and Perisher (10 minutes). As well as a clean finish inside the suites, Ecocrackenback’s other selling point is its nature-locked location amongst local wildlife and tall snow gumtrees. Thirsty and hungry visitors can trudge down the road for a tipple of schnapps at the Wildbrumby Schnapps distillery and cafe, which also has a hands-on sculpture garden for young ones to scale.
GET THERE Ecocrackenback in the Snowy Mountains is around 190km south of the Canberra CBD and the journey is around 2 hours and 15 minutes by car.