To wrap up the winter school holiday, we planned a road trip to Snowy Mountains. This is the home of the best ski fields in Australia.
As Australia is in the southern hemisphere, winter comes in June-August while summer comes in December – February. It’s the other way round from the northern hemisphere (read: Europe, US etc)
The road trip from Newcastle to Jindabyne took more than 7 hours. We did have a stopover to pickup our friends in Sydney before continuing the journey. We arrived at the Acacia Snowy Motel at 7pm, unload our bags and had a rest after the long journey.
Day 1 – Sightseeing at Perisher and Thredbo
These are the popular ski fields ni Australia, located about 30 minutes drive from Jindabyne. Honestly, witnessing it with my own eyes for the first time, snow is such magnificent creation of Allah. It is beautiful more that I could have ever imagined. Seeing snow, I was really excited and couldn’t wait to ski!
To tell you the truth, it is very cold here. The maximum temperature is -1°C and the minimum at night can go as low as -7°C. Eventhough its a sunny day, but it is really cold! We had our kebab lunch and hired our ski gear at BP Ski Hire. After comparing with a few places we concluded that they offered the cheapest rate for ski gear and other stuff hire. The whole ski/snowboard pack is from $58 a day. So we got our ski, poles, jacket, pants, boots and toboggan for our day in the snow the following day.
Day 2 – Skiing at Perisher Ski Resort
After having our breakfast at the motel and putting our gears on, it’s time for skiing! We went to Perisher and bought the lift pass. The whole day pass cost about $112.
Okay looking at other people skiing, it looks fun and easy but it is not as easy as you think. Its really hard to walk in the boots and skiing is much harder for beginners like us.
After having our lunch, we decided to take the lift ride and tried skiing downhill slowly and carefully. Yes, I did fall down a lot of times and it really hurt and was painful. But then skiing became so much fun!
Day 3 – Salam Perantau photoshoot
Yes, we had planned to capture our Salam Perantau photos here in the Snowy Mountain, because this is where we can have a nice shot of white, snowy background. My wife had packed our traditional baju melayu & baju melayu exclusively for the shoot. On our way back home, we dropped by Canberra to tour the Australia’s Parliament House, had dinner in Sydney and arrive in Newcastle safely at 1am.
This is my first snowy trip. It is indeed the best trip ever. I did feel that it was too short and should have planned for a longer trip. The thing is, the ski hire is worth it if you hire for more than 3 or 4 days. Even for the lift pass, you can get 5 days for the price of 4.
About the accomodation, the peak season is in July when the school holiday is. You can save more than 50% if you come during off peak season. Plus, if you are a beginner, it’s better to get a lesson from a trainer. It’s the best way to ensure you enjoy skiing than learning it the hard way (like me).
Well, that’s all update for this winter holidays. I’ll be back on more techie and geeky post soon.