Australian owned and operated online platform, Hotels.Combined.com.au has released new data that brings to light a number of towns in the NSW Snowy Mountains region as a growing spot for Aussie holidays.
The hotel price comparison platform, which is also the world’s largest platform, attracted seven million bookings globally last year and has 21.3 million Australian unique users.
The analysis of bookings identified the towns located south-east of New South Wales as travel hot spots that have seen at least 20 to 30 per cent growth between January and June 2017.
The towns include Perisher Valley, Berridale, Thredbo, Adaminaby, Guthega and Kalkite.
“Contrary to popular belief, Aussies wanting to visit the Snowy Mountains should consider travelling over summer and autumn,” Hotels.Combined.com.au head of marketing Chris Rivett says.
“There’s much more to see than just snow at Perisher Valley, Thredbo and Jindabyne, and it’s an easily accessible destination for a weekend away.
“HotelsCombined has more than 400 hotels in the Snowy Mountains region on offer, from luxury spa retreats to farm stays, hotels and self-contained houses.”
According to HotelsCombined, top things to do in the Snowy Mountains outside of the snow season are:
1. Experiencing a multi-day trek with Cochran Horse Treks and riding through the beautiful scenery until it is time for a campfire dinner.
2. Taking a day trip to Lake Jindabyne where water activities including canoeing, fishing, sailing and canoeing await.
3. Celebrating Autumn with local produce tastings and culinary demonstrations at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s inaugural Autumn Food & Wine Festival, which takes place 23-25 March.
4. Throwing on a cowboy hat and everything that comes with it at the Tumut Rodeo in April.
5. Taking a landscape photography workshop with award-winning Australian photographer Ben Koplow on Snowy Mountains Photography Weekends in May.
HotelsCombined.com.au’s best-value accommodations for the Snowy Mountains over summer and autumn are:
JE Resort in Berridale, is located on a 200-acre rural property with private rooms and self-contained apartments. It boasts an on-site restaurant, bar and equestrian arena; with trail riding and horse riding lessons available.
The Denman Hotel in Thredbo is located just steps away from Kosciuszko National Park. This hotel is ideal for people wanting to get back to nature with lots of outdoor activities on offer nearby including hiking and sightseeing.
Pure Chalet Thredbo offers four chalets and is surrounded by nature, being the perfect base for those wanting to immerse themselves in the outdoors. Perisher Valley and Charlotte Valley are both within driving distance.
Cooma Cottage in Cooma, is situated in Cooma and nearby well-known attractions such as Centennial Park and The Corrective Services NSW Museum. There are a variety of restaurants and cafes in the area, with Berridale and Bredbo a short drive away.