I was born and raised in Sydney and didn’t make my acquaintance with snow until I was 23 years old. I was extremely excited to do all the things I had seen on TV and in movies. Snow ball fights, snow angels and having a legitimate excuse to not go into work due to snowstorms. I thought it was going to be awesome.
Snow is like rain’s abusive cousin. Umbrellas can’t repel them as the wind blows snowflakes into your face and chills your entire body. Even when the snow subsides, snowfall has the capacity to turn itself into a mini flood that can ruin the following day. It’s absolutely brutal.
Imagine my utter lack of excitement when a buddy of mine asked me if I was interested in sharing accommodation with him in the Snowy Mountains. Oddly enough, him and a couple of other friends were heading there in the spring.
I wondered what there was to do. Surely the ‘snowy’ mountains would be a terrible holiday destination outside of the winter months. I was proven wrong multiple times.
Let’s start with Kosciuszko National Park. Kosciuszko is without a doubt the king of all national parks in Australia. Home to the tallest mountain in all of the country, the park itself covers almost 700,000 hectares. It is the perfect place for adventurers as there is plenty to do throughout the year. Take your pick of kayaking, mountain biking, camping, bushwalking, caving or spotting endangered species, Kosciuszko offers a murderer’s row of things to do and choices in abundance.
Speaking of caving, deep inside Kosciuszko National Park lie the Yarrangobilly Caves. This string of limestone caves is one of the most breathtaking natural attractions you’ll ever see. The caves are home to grand columns, underground pools and chambers which practically radiate with natural light. Deep inside the caves is a natural thermal pool that is a constant 27 degrees. It’s so easy to enjoy Yarrangobilly that a caveman could do it.
If fishing is your vice, once again, the non-Snowy Mountains region has you covered. The Jindabyne area is home to Lake Eucumbene which is a prime piece of real estate if you’re an angler. The lake is home to rainbow trout, brown trout and Atlantic salmon. The lake is regularly restocked with trout by NSW Fisheries so whoever told you that there were plenty of fish in the sea meant to say lake.
Crazily enough, I think the Snowy Mountains might be just as good, if not better, without snow.
I’m being honest, snow lie.