5 Reasons You Need To Take A Spring Skiing Road Trip
02 Sep 2018
Short(ish) access to the slopes is one of the perks of living in The Southern Highlands, don't you think? Spring is here and the weather is warming up, but it’s not quite time to say goodbye to one of our favourite wintery activities just yet! Long live the spring ski trip! As the mercury goes up, the crowds are thinning, and we reckon there’s no time like September for a late season road trip with your family, your best mates or even a romantic weekend away if you're lucky.
Having the slopes to yourselves with room to bust your turns (or learn to ski with less people there to watch you fall on your bum), is one of the big advantages of spring skiing. Mid week is the best time to go, but weekends are starting to get less busy out of school holiday time. There are a whole bunch of awesome deals this time of year for both Thredbo and Perisher, so go and find yourself an awesome accommodation deal.
But let's face it… nearly 5 hours in the car can be a long time! So, here's our hot little list of how to make the road trippin' part just as good as the skiing (and apres skiing) part…
1. Collector for morning tea— Ok guys, this hidden gem half way between The Highlands and Canberra is the stop over champion of the road trip to The High Country. Some Cafe is a cute and trendy little establishment that is just off the freeway, and it's extremely Instagram-able. They not ony have a DELICIOUS egg and bacon roll, home made orange and almond cake and coffee, but a cellar door too. This little town is also home to two alpacas who can be seen frequenting the streets, greeting eager visitors. Look at their bow ties! They even let you pet them.
2. Canberra for a touch of culture — Currently the National Gallery of Australia is showcasing a pretty spectacular array of master pieces, some of them leaving the gallery come summer, so this is the perfect chance to stretch your legs and enjoy some culture! The space is stunning, and the current exhibition ‘American Masters’ shows off work by artists such as Warhol. It’s our pick!
3. Coffee and bagels in Jindy— Jindabyne is the last major town before hitting the slopes, so this is a good opportunity to grab a coffee and one of the yummiest bagels we’ve ever tasted (we recomend the one with extra bacon, avo and a hash brown!). Grab this bagel-of-your-dreams at Coffee Beats Drinks which is on the top level of the Nuggets Crossing shopping center. It's awesome during the day, and then, starts kicking at night when it switches into a bar. Perfect spot for a drink if you're staying in Jindy.
4. Wildbrumby Schnapps — What goes better with snow than shnapps? Is there anything else? We're fallen for Wildbrumby Schnapps. It's TAAAASTY, and what makes it even better is that it's made locally, in the High Country, on the way into Thredbo. The distillery is open as a stunning, luxurious cafe also, so you can pick up a bottle of the good stuff (their chilli schnapps, 'Devil's Tounge' is our favorite) and grab a bite to eat at the same time. It's rude to be over 1,000 meters and not have a schnapps!
5. Road trip music — It's officially the job of the front passenger to be in charge of cueing some fire songs, because it’s a long 4 and a half hour drive from The Highlands to Perisher or Thredbo Village. With so much time on your hands, and the gang all together, it’s the perfect time to revisit the old favourites. Turn it up! We have our pick of go-to road trip tunes, with a playlist that’ll have everyone loving the bangers! Best. Playlist. Ever. Just saying...