Known through-out Australia as the 'Snowies', the Snowy Mountains are Australia's most popular winter playground, catering to downhill skiing, cross country snow boarding and of course all the family fun that comes with making a snowman and throwing snow balls.
The first attempt of settlement was hard going, undertaken by the European stockmen, a tale that has been told in poem and movie, captured in Australian culture as 'The Man from Snowy River'. This same area also holds other notoriety within the countries history, as it was the sight of one of the biggest engineering feats of its day, the 'Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electricity Scheme', which still provides power to three States.
The area is made up of alpine villages including Jindabyne, Thredbo, Perisher Valley and Khancoban. Jindabyne is also the gateway to Kosciuszko National Park, which is the largest National park in NSW.
Snowy Mountains Tourism can offer you some great information on where to stay and what to see.
Queensland - the Sunshine State.
New South Wales - the First State.
Victoria - the Garden State.
Tasmania - the Apple Isle.
South Australia - the Festival State.
Western Australia - the Real Thing.
Northern Territory - Outback Australia.